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AltitudeSicknessRoute Climbed: South Face: East Gully, off route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2006


Started out as an early morning hike up to Broken Hand Pass for a bite of breakfast at sunrise because the rest of my crew decided not to climb that day. One member of my crew joined me about an hour after the sun came up and we decided to make a summit attempt. We pushed up the East Gully and were off route because the difficulty exceeded the trip reports assessment of it being class 3 & 4. We continued on up for several hundred feet on some loose cobblestone. I pulled off a piece twice during the climb. Quite scary for me. I nearly decided to call it off. After gathering my wits, pushed on to the summit. Was so glad I did. What a wonderful climb. Even though we were off route we both enjoyed it a great deal. The mountain goats made us feel bad by how easy they made the climb look. Fantastic day, elated at the end.
Posted Dec 20, 2007 12:03 am

cavufoolPeak to Needle Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2007


Such a fun route. We ascended the Red Couloir after waiting 3 days for the weather to be favorable. The last part of climbing the Needle was a blast and required some difficult route finding because visibility was down to ~20 feet. An absolutely stellar mountain.
Posted Dec 14, 2007 6:40 pm

MattGreeneTraverse  Sucess!
I started before first light so I could complete the traverse to the Needle and be off the mountain by early afternoon. Fortunately I was successful and back in camp before noon, because wicked thunderstorms rolled in and unleased rain and electricity from 12 to 2. I know of at least one climbing party that would've been in the thick of things if they'd stuck to their original schedule. I thought of them all afternoon, but still don't know if they turned around or pressed through the storm.
Posted Dec 1, 2007 9:16 pm

spannring29# 1  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2007


Favorite mountain to date. The route finding and scrambling were a blast.
Posted Oct 21, 2007 12:22 pm

chicagotransplantPeak to Needle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2007


Traversed Peak to Needle, lots of fun scrambling on the traverse, especially right below the summit. Descended the standard route, but withouth switching gullies, just stayed in the 'east gully', some nice 4th class in there!
Posted Sep 17, 2007 10:14 am

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

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