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dr_gonzneedle  Sucess!


did it from the traverse. wow. seriously... wow.
Posted Sep 4, 2007 4:13 pm

NatashaStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2007


Beautiful day for an incredible mountain. Loved the class 3 scrambling and climbing. Can't wait to try Crestone Peak next!
Posted Aug 27, 2007 11:28 pm

matt81South Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007


Continued on to the top via the east gully.
Posted Aug 26, 2007 5:44 pm

lizrdboySouth Face Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2007


We had to get up at 0500 to do it, but we managed to summit before the rain storms hit. Nice route. Solid rock and easy class 3 for the most part. Great climb!
Posted Aug 2, 2007 9:19 pm

ledavis23Epic!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2007


Ascended via the Ellingwood's Ledges (standard route). Start time: 5am from the tent at the south lake. Peeked over at the direct start which ascends a right-facing corner- that way is definitly the way to go! Sheep were within 50' of us on the way up. Summitted at 1:30pm. Hit with full-on thunderstorm (lightening, hail, wind) on the descent of the hiking route at around 11,500'. Reached camp at 4pm. Warm sleeping bags were very welcoming! "Classic" + alpine= epic!
Posted Jul 20, 2007 12:25 pm

Scott RogersAwesome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2006

Scott Rogers

The climb was completely dry and one of the best experiences I have ever had.
Posted Jul 11, 2007 10:13 pm

Old IckabodGreat Climb!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2007

Old Ickabod

After summitting Crestone Peak from Cottonwood Lake, Summitridge and I made our way up the Needle from the pass. Great weather, minimal snow, and the downclimbing was a breeze.
Posted Jun 30, 2007 11:08 am

bernardhohmanOutstanding Standard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2007


Old Ickabod and I enjoyed a great weather day as we bagged both Peak and Needle.
Posted Jun 26, 2007 10:40 am

Eric HolleSouth Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 30, 2007

Eric Holle

Climbed the South Couloir with Tim and Ben. Such a sick route, amazing climb. Ben and I spent 12 days in the Sangres, and this was the best route we climbed the whole time!
Posted May 9, 2007 11:40 pm

Timothy PearlSouth  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 30, 2007

Timothy Pearl

With Eric Holle and Ben. From South Colony via Broken Hand Pass. This is such a gorgeous route up the south of the Needle. There should be mention of this as a spring "couloir" route... I'll post it with a little motivation. Anyone?
Posted May 2, 2007 1:15 am

FlexS Face & Ellingwood Ledges Jul/06  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2006


2 couples and our dog on the 4th of July up the S Face, then up the Ellingwood the next day with Jeff K for my 32nd B-day!
Posted Jan 21, 2007 10:37 pm

boisedocGreat one  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 1991


Very enjoyable scrambling on firm rock make this one of the best 14ers
Posted Dec 17, 2006 4:39 pm

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

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