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Sarah SimonStandard Route / South Face Gullies  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2010

Sarah Simon

We headed to S. Colony Lakes to attempt the Ellingwood Arete, but the weather did not look promising, so we opted for the standard route, instead. Honestly, as fantastic as the Arete would have been, I have zero regrets. This standard route was (mostly) solid and fun. The worst part, in my mind, was that dreadful ascent of Broken Hand Pass, especially since the monsoons caused the massive rockfall. Dynamite day, fantastic peak.
Posted Aug 15, 2010 10:08 pm

belexesSouth Colony/South Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2010


I climbed the Needle with my hiking buddy, Sandy. The original goal was Crestone Peak, but I neglected to bring my Roach 14ers book with me, so we wandered around looking for the route to the Peak before giving up on that and going up the Needle instead. We were not disappointed. It was good to get in some class 3 scrambling. The views were great, and though the weather was pretty lousy the previous days, it was fine when we were up there. Unfortunately, we learned later that a couple from Texas died in a fall from the Needle a few days prior. Custer County SAR sent in helicopters to Upper Colony Lake to recover the bodies, just as we were breaking camp at Lower Colony Lake after the climb.
Posted Aug 2, 2010 2:56 pm

Alex WoodBeautiful Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2010

Alex Wood

We had planned on doing the traverse (Needle to Peak). We had brought rope and basic rock gear, but we got a little later of a start then we had planned (left South Colony at 6). I had picked up a bug from a few days ago and it got worse on the ascent. That and the weather forced us opt out on the traverse. The Needle was an amazing summit! The approach was incredible! 14er number 18!
Posted Jul 31, 2010 12:25 am

utclimberFun Scramble  Sucess!
This is a great route. I don't remember exactly when I climbed Crestone Needle, but it was around 1997.
Posted May 18, 2010 8:35 pm

theREALCarpeDMA favorite!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2009


I love the Sangres!
Posted Apr 8, 2010 6:05 pm

JB99Good times  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2009


Posted Dec 9, 2009 4:27 pm

Darren9love the needle  Sucess!


Climbed during guides training in 1999. Has always been one of my most favorite CO 14ers.
Posted Nov 7, 2009 1:33 am

VermontMikeStandard Route variation  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2009


Climbed up the east gully towards the summit via the dihedral. Great ramp exiting the east gully near the summit! Back down the west gully w/traverse to east gully. That rock is a lot of fun!
Posted Sep 23, 2009 2:44 pm

ElliottDavisStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2009


So good. Thrilling.yhnnh

"yhnnh" was typed by my cat. She likes to say her piece sometimes.
Posted Sep 17, 2009 2:08 pm

heather14Ellingwood Arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2009


We did the direct start to the arete. Turned into an epic.
Posted Sep 7, 2009 8:55 pm

Alan EllisRe: Ellingwood Arete

Alan Ellis

I'm interested in your "Epic." What happened? Thanks.

Posted Mar 10, 2010 10:11 pm

seanofrom Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2009


Fun class 3 knobs. You drop down surprisingly far to start (13,700'?).
Posted Sep 7, 2009 9:15 am

Ingmanvia Ellingwood Arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2009


w/ B. Gibbs & C. Treiber
Camp: 6:45am Summit: 10:40am
Very high winds rejected our planned traverse to Crestone Peak. Descended the standard route. Ellingwood arete is amazing!
Posted Aug 16, 2009 11:15 pm

RMdaytripsgrlLove the Needle!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2009


Standard route up from S. Colony Lakes camp w/Chad, made it in 3.0 hours flat - what a fun climb! Traversed to Peak. Did the East summit this time since we did the West summit last month. Descent of NW Couloir route.
Posted Aug 14, 2009 11:44 am

strudolyubovStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2009


Climbed the Needle via standard route from South Colony Lakes. Ascended steeper east gully and descended via west gully route. There was still some water running in the middle of the east gully. Great weather, incredible views!

08/17/2013: Climbed Ellingwood Ledges route with Ryan. Nice rock, beautiful setting, - classic!
Posted Aug 2, 2009 1:01 pm

pyerger the needle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2007


Climbed this a couple of times, great scramble.
Posted Jul 30, 2009 3:12 pm

Alan Ellis2nd Time on the Arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2009

Alan Ellis

Lucky we had good weather. :)
Thanks to Jackie, Andy, and Fabio for a great day.
Posted Jul 29, 2009 7:20 am

mattpayne11Standard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2009


Awesome mountain. Much easier than advertised.
Posted Jul 28, 2009 1:50 am

cruzitArete via Ellingwood Ledges  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2009


Outstanding climbing, very airy, with beautiful views. I'm so gratefull to have the opportunity to climb it with my husband, Andy and Fabio. Thanks guys.
Posted Jul 24, 2009 4:49 pm

RC Colagreat climb!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2004

RC Cola

One of my all-time favorites!
Posted Jul 13, 2009 3:27 pm

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