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BalletBoyMy Favorite 14'er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2006


Rained and snowed the night before hiking to the summit. The nice conglomerate rock was covered in snow and ice forcing us to kick-in foot and toe holds. Warmed up upon descent which made it easier going. Great views of the Sand Dunes from the Summit. Search and rescue was out that day looking for a hiker from St. Louis that had disappeared several days before. Very interesting with all the helicopters around.
Posted Nov 11, 2006 7:55 pm

OutdoorpartnerToo much exposure
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2006


I was solo and turned around due to too much exposure and a broken GPS. I'll try again with some method to lower my pack down upon the descent.
Posted Oct 5, 2006 5:33 am

tjchinoSouth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2005


Exciting climb with good friends.
Posted Sep 11, 2006 7:57 pm

CO PUMAPeak to Needle Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2006


This was a great climb. I loved the last class 4 pitch up to summit of the Needle. That rock was so solid and a blast to climb on. Most of our traverse was in super thick fog, so route finding was challenging but we made it over in under 3 hours from Crestone Peak. On our way down we met up with a SAR crew helping two 60 year old guys off a ledge above Cottonwood Lake. They had gotten stuck up there over night. Glad to hear they are ok though.
Posted Sep 9, 2006 9:15 pm

ktiffany22A long fun day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2006


As my 35th 14er overall, I'd say that the Needle ranks in as 1 of my top 2 favorites! What a fun-filled day of climbing! Had so much fun and finished so early in the day that we went over and hiked Humboldt as well!
Posted Sep 3, 2006 6:01 am

mmittenCottonwood / Spanish Creek access restriction!!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2006
The Cottonwood Creek trailhead and the Spanish Creek trailhead both have no trespassing signs up that read "No Public Access to National Forest Land," and "Property of the Crestone Zen Monastery." See trip report.
Posted Aug 20, 2006 2:26 am

rasgoatluv scrambling?  Sucess!


woke up b4 dawn made way up strong climbers trail by way of headlamp caught sunrise at broken hand pass. first to summit that day. met a nice lady at the summit. went home
Posted Aug 6, 2006 10:10 pm

jratkEllingwood arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2006


My second time up the arete but the first was about 6 years ago and we had a hard time finding the start of the roped pitches. We finally got on route only to discover that we only climbed two pitches and had accidently free-soloed the first pitch. Good weather, outstanding climb. Major props to the crew who was building a trail on broken hand pass, they're doing a great job.
Posted Jul 31, 2006 6:56 am

James CFavorite 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2006

James C

Climbed the south face, and it felt great to reach the summit after my previous failure, this has to be my favorite 14er. It was cool to meet cftbq, my first summitpost encouncter. The weather was wierd, it was foggy pretty much the whole way, but there was no rain. Great Climb!!!
Posted Jul 30, 2006 9:32 pm

cftbqStandard South Face route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2006


My first truly "technical" 14er, and #27 overall. Climbed with daughter Trish; also a first for her. Intermittent fog but no rain or t-storms; beautiful sunshine otherwise. A dynamite summit.
Posted Jul 30, 2006 6:22 pm

seth@LOKIOne of the faves. solid  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 1994


love it
Posted Jul 26, 2006 7:18 pm

climbhighnowEllingwood Arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2006


kicks ass! the bottom of the direct (open book) start is fairly runout fyi; i led one 5.4 pitch w/1 placement before an anchor after whymping out on the first (very runout) pitch. also led my first 5.7 pitch; dry heaved because of it; off route somewhere below the main ledge. WOO HOO!
Posted Jul 17, 2006 9:05 pm

James C200 Feet From Victory
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2006

James C

Soo close! The thunderboomers are what turned us around. We could have pushed the envelope, but did not want to downclimb in the rain.
Posted Jul 16, 2006 10:13 pm

pjenson0560-70 MPH Wind  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2006


One of the windiest days I have ever climbed in. The wind prevented us from doing the traverse.
Posted Jul 11, 2006 5:16 pm

shanahan96needle III; peak-to-needle traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2006


first time doing the crestone traverse. wasn't as tough or exposed as expected, but still a nice day...........it's the crestones, what'd you expect?

Posted Jun 30, 2006 11:00 pm

Brian KaletPeak-to-Needle Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2006

Brian Kalet

From Humboldt Peak, Point 13290, East Crestone and Crestone Peak. Trip Report
Posted Jun 19, 2006 7:03 pm

summiteer16Crestone Climb Memorial Day
Date Climbed: May 26, 2004


Great climb, though storms roll in incredibly fast!
Posted Apr 29, 2006 10:39 pm



Posted Apr 11, 2006 9:00 pm

markhyamsEllingwood Arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2000


Fantastic route. We only roped up for the top two pitches, and had a great day.
Posted Mar 2, 2006 11:43 pm

markhyamsSouth Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 1999


This was my last 14er summit. I yelled loud, but no one was around to hear.
Posted Mar 2, 2006 11:42 pm

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