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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 and Ellingwood Arete  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

skyward22the arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2009


climbed w/Blumsky as his first 14er, my 9th? great climb but we got all the way up on ledges to the point where the face meets the arete, and in doing so passed the red knob. made for only about 3 technical pitches of climbing. got off-route on the downclimb and found some lower 5th downclimbing in one of the gullies. got down okay to find a marmot had chewed on my pack and had eaten by hat!
Posted Jul 13, 2009 6:47 am

Liba Kopeckovafrom South Colony  Sucess!

Liba Kopeckova

via Broken Hand Pass. Done over Labor Day weekend, very crowded that day. My dog did jump better than a mountain goat.
Posted Jul 8, 2009 4:10 am

PablohoneyEllingwood  Sucess!


What a great climb, Ellingwood Arete with the traverse to Crestone Peak..This has to be one of the best areas of Colorado!
Posted Mar 27, 2009 8:05 pm

SarahThompsonIn all 4 seasons, 5x total  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2005


7/16/05 - Climbed the standard route after backpacking from the 2WD TH and camping near South Colony Lakes. Dropped my camera and was able to rescue it but not the memory card :(. After fetching a new one at camp we capped off the day with an easy climb up Humboldt.

7/17/05 - Climbed the standard route again after climbing Crestone Peak so I could retake the pictures :)

5/28/06 - Classic traverse from Crestone Peak. Climbed down standard route and added on Broken Hand Peak before returning to camp along Cottonwood Creek.

2/21/09 - Winter ascent, standard route. Backpacked in along Cottonwood Creek. My most challening winter summit to date - quite an epic climb. Simulclimbed up the south couloirs, proper anchor/belay was necessary occasionally. Couloir crossover made for a spicy crux. Rapped/climbed down from 13,800 ft in the dark.

12/2/12 - Backpacked to South Colony Lakes, climbed Needle's standard route, and traversed to Crestone Peak. Very dry for December.

Hope to get back sometime for Ellingwood Arete :)
Posted Jan 6, 2009 6:35 pm

bmcnary1Rad  Sucess!


Great break from work with friends
Posted Nov 24, 2008 8:36 pm

GahugafugaS Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2008


Fun route. The crux traverse between gullies was saucy. But for my money, the N Ridge of Kit Carson is still the best non-technical climb in the Crestones.
Posted Sep 14, 2008 11:36 pm

shanrickvStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2008


What a beautiful and challenging mountain! Originally planned to do the traverse from Crestone Peak, but high winds pushed us do the east to west gulley on the Needle. Climbed with long time climbing partner, Alan. Went on to climb Humbolt Peak that evening in beautiful Sangre de Cristo weather.
Posted Sep 7, 2008 5:10 pm

AsphazellStandard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2008


I never thought I would climb this peak when I first saw it on Roach's 14ers book. I have come a long way since then. The rock is outstanding and exhilerating! Excellent holds made this a pure joy! I'll be back for the Arete!
Posted Sep 2, 2008 7:42 pm

alpspitzeStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2008


This is one that I have been looking forward to for a long time. Had the mountain to myself. Started at 6am and summited at 8am.
Posted Aug 13, 2008 12:59 pm

myroneCrestone Needle via Upper S. Colony TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2008


Started up at 6:25AM. Route finding isn't the easiest on this peak, but prevailed with help from friends I met along the way; reached summit at 10:25. Rising clouds socked-in a good portion of the views from the summit. Started back down at 10:45 and back to the TH at 2:08PM as it started to rain. My 41st 14'er...sweet!!
Posted Jul 19, 2008 9:58 am

Sierra Ledge Rat1990: S Face  Sucess!

Sierra Ledge Rat

With Duane "Buzz" Inderdahl
Posted Jul 18, 2008 12:32 am

astrobassmanBeautiful Mountain  Sucess!


I will return and try the traverse and/or a different route some day.
Posted Mar 20, 2008 8:06 pm

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