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Livetronicaepic!!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2001

Livetronica

solo journey starting from the unusual town of crestone

my 4th 14er

big horn sheep, marmots and pikas galore

the Blood of Christ wilderness is very, very special
Posted Jun 8, 2011 12:11 am

StegosaurusDefining independence day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2010

Stegosaurus

Some solos in the Sangres for Independence Day: Crestone Needle via Southface, followed by Broken Hand Peak via North ridge/West slopes, followed by Humboldt Peak via typical West ridge in one long day. Drove over from Rye and left the truck at the South Colony Lakes trailhead around 4:30 am, first one on the Needle summit at 8:00 am sharp, Broken Hand summit at 10:15 am, rested at upper South Colony Lake for lunch hour (beautiful trout visible in the rapids), Humboldt Peak summit around 3:30 pm, back at the truck at 6:00 pm and back in Rye in time for dinner. Beautiful day, great rock, but felt like I had been run over by a train the next morning. Highly recommend.
Posted May 1, 2011 4:51 pm

Jeremy HakesGreat peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2002

Jeremy Hakes

One of the best.
Posted Apr 18, 2011 2:09 pm

centrifugesecond peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2007

centrifuge

this weekend, and lots of fun
Posted Jan 12, 2011 10:52 pm

Panthera unciaStandard from the TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2010

Panthera uncia

Got up early to climb this one from the trailhead in one push. Saw some incredible meteor action before the sun came up. Fun climb indeed!
Posted Dec 22, 2010 6:02 pm

Flyingclimber3 in one almost four  Sucess!

Flyingclimber

Crestone Needle, Peak, and Humbolt
Posted Oct 5, 2010 8:38 pm

BLongEllingwood Arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2010

BLong

Great trip up the fun & exposed Ellingwood Arete route
Posted Sep 4, 2010 10:38 am

metal4lyfPeak-to-Needle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2010

metal4lyf

We took our time route-finding on a sunny day and completed the traverse in 3 hours with no problems. Trip reports and route descriptions are invaluable. Amazing traverse!
Posted Aug 16, 2010 11:10 am

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

belexes

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

theREALCarpeDM

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

Alan EllisRe: Ellingwood Arete

Alan Ellis

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

AE
Posted Mar 10, 2010 10:11 pm

JB99Good times  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2009

JB99

http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=7157&parmpeak=Crestone+Needle&cpgm=tripmain&ski=Include
Posted Dec 9, 2009 4:27 pm

Darren9love the needle  Sucess!

Darren9

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

VermontMike

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

ElliottDavis

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

heather14

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

seanofrom Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2009

seano

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

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