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DigglerNorth Pillar, North Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2012


with Faith. Arrived night before & set up camp slightly lower than lower lake (~11,600'). Rain during hike in reminded me of previous attempt, where we got shut down by rain (&had one of my most miserable camping experiences (& Faith's worst) ever), & made me nervous. Hard to sleep night before.

Left @ 5.23. Started climbing @ 8.00. Started on R-side off-width that Rich had been nagging me to do ever since he did it. Full-value, & kicked my ass (although it was short- ~15'), but got through it w/o hanging. Major scrapes on my R leg, as had shorts on... Rest of climb easier but fun- great combo of face & cracks!

Rock was mostly quite solid, & delightful to climb on! Not as runout as the Prow. Belay ledges comfy & spacious too (except for P2 belay- 195' above belay 1). Belayed 4 pitches & simul'ed rest. I led pitched-out stuff. Topped out on climb @ 13.15. Faith feeling shitty from cold & didn't like the look of remainder of climb to summit (& questionable weather).

I took off up N buttress alone @ 13.32. Fun to top of tower- class 4 traversing to notch exposed & OUTRAGEOUS!! Stoked to put it behind me (until way down...). Chill & fun from notch.

Summited @ 14.22. Great views- Crestones, Sierra Blanca, Pikes, Kit Carson, sand dunes, ... Left summit @ 14.41.

Summited E summit @ 14.49. Left @ 14.55. Drop-offs from E summit ridiculous!

Back where I left Faith (13,540') an hour later. Packed up our stuff & took off. Enjoyed sunny, blessed late afternoon descent. Back @ camp @ 18.54. LONG but GREAT day!!
Posted Sep 29, 2012 8:22 pm

Ken DammenRed gulley via broken hand pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2012

Ken Dammen

Climbed class 3 red gulley route with Dustin. Fun route with a little fun exposed scramble at the finish. Wear your helmet on this one.
Posted Aug 15, 2012 12:01 am

I like it on topRed Gulley  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2012

I like it on top

Great climb up the red gulley and beautiful summit.
Posted Jul 24, 2012 1:10 am

blueshadeCrestone Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2012


Climbed the standard Red Couloir on Crestone Peak, easy but seems like it'll never end. Then did the traverse to Needle. Stayed fairly high, making the approach to the traverse a little more interesting.

Only the last technical section from the Black Gendarme was fun, in my opinion. Fun C4 section. Down the majority of the East Gully (kind of like canyoneering when descending the lower part).

Tried for Humboldt the same day. Plenty of time but rained off.
Posted Jul 6, 2012 9:01 pm

MoonerUp I Go


6/21/12 Climbing Ellingwood Ledges to the Needle. Needle to Peak
Posted Jun 23, 2012 4:09 pm

Pete CastriconePeak to Needle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2012

Pete Castricone

The Crestones...I finally found something that beats Snowmass as the worst 14er in Colorado.
Posted May 31, 2012 3:32 pm

JakeCOSW Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2011


Camped at Lower S. Colony Lake (windy), Climbed snow over Broken hand pass and up the SW gully, gorgeous day, perfect weekend!
Posted Apr 10, 2012 12:54 am

DerekFreedRed Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2010


Standard route from camp at the old 4WD TH. Nice route, but still prefer Crestone Needle's standard route.
Posted Apr 3, 2012 2:30 pm

xpdaCrestone Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 1996


Climbed wrong peak, backtracked 900' vertical.
Posted Oct 29, 2011 12:25 pm

Ted EliasonGreat Peak!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 14, 2002

Ted Eliason

Up the NW couloir from Bears Playground after a cold bivy at upper Colony lake. Many potential mixed alpine routes on the North Face not discussed in guide books.
Posted Oct 12, 2011 2:59 pm

ABQDrewStandard Route - Super fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2011
Super fun route. Everything was clear of snow except for a couple hundred feet of climbing just below broken hand pass on the south colony lake side. Down climbing this section was a bit dicey at places but all in all not too bad. some ppl might prefer a mountaineering axe for this section only.
Posted Sep 26, 2011 8:24 pm

boisedocRed gully   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2011


Pretty long day hike from the new gate closure. The gully was fun safe scrambling with little exposure. Biggest risk is likely rockfall from other climbers, especially at broken hand pass. Hordes of people around over the labor day weekend.
Posted Sep 5, 2011 1:24 pm

matthewpRed Gully  Sucess!


First Class 3. One of my favorite climbs to date.
Posted Aug 21, 2011 3:44 pm

zoomlocoellingwood arete direct to traverse  Sucess!


a nice big peak, though more of a slog than anything else, even via the traverse...TR up at http://zoomloco.xanga.com/732717261/purple-mountain-majesties/
Posted Jul 16, 2011 4:38 pm

triyodaRed Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2009


Very satisfying summit. Sat for an hour at Broken hand pass, waiting for clouds to clear. Finally cleared up and I made a go for it. Crestones are amazing.
Posted Apr 25, 2011 10:06 pm

Jeremy HakesWant to go back...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2002

Jeremy Hakes

And do this again.
Posted Apr 23, 2011 4:39 pm

centrifugecool climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2007


amazing climb, met bill on this one
Posted Jan 12, 2011 10:52 pm

Panthera unciaSnowy Red Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2010

Panthera uncia

Encountered a lot of snow in the gully on the standard route so we opted to climb some fun, knoby rock up to the summit.
Posted Dec 22, 2010 6:11 pm

rockymountaindivaAnother foggy summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2009


Happy to get this one after the miserable slog up Cottonwood Creek!
Posted Oct 11, 2010 12:13 am

Flyingclimber3 in one almost four  Sucess!


Crestone Needle, Peak, Humbolt
Posted Oct 5, 2010 8:39 pm

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