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ozarkmacRed Gully. Great fun. Long day.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2016


With my daughter. Amazing variety of terrain involved. It was my fifth time up and over BHP. If I never do it again, it will be too soon.
Posted Sep 9, 2016 8:52 am

ericdA stair-stepper to finish the top 10!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2016


Started at the south colony trailhead at dawn. A straightforward approach with scenic lake vistas. Lots of mosquitos out for the weekend: bring bug spray. A short gain thru talus, then loose rock up Broken Hand pass to 13,000', so don't break your hand. The unusual descent into the peaceful valley with a lake on other side was quite unique for my 38th 14er. Tempting is the Needle traverse for next time! Snow patches up the distinct red rock coulier but not much for crampons. Could of sworn the east summit is higher than the west rocks but I recommend climbing both in :20 time for completely different views. The 4 miles and 3850' elevation gain made for a good warm up for soloing the Needle later in the 16hr day.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 8:45 pm

hhsilleckCompleting my 14er list  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2013


The final Colorado 14er I climbed to complete my list of 58-ish. A very special one to finish - one of my favorites. Standard Red Gully route with my beautiful wife.
Posted Jul 5, 2016 2:04 pm

Woodie HopperRed Gulley to the traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2015

Woodie Hopper

Fun climb, good weather. Climbed with Justin from Wheatridge.
Posted Sep 20, 2015 12:29 am

HyadventureRed Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2014


Snow in the gully kept us to the left. Plenty of sustained hard 3rd. This big boy gave us a long hard day. Got back to camp and found out my wife had been in the hospital, back in California, for 3 days. That ended out climbing.
Posted Sep 2, 2014 9:22 pm

SenadRSouth Colony - Broken Hand - Red Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2014


From Trailhead over Broken Hand Pass to summit and back, 14 miles and 5700 vertical feet gain. Sunny day with wind gust up to 25 mph, overall great Labor Day in Sangres.
Posted Sep 2, 2014 9:57 am

Sarah SimonS Colony - Broken Hand - Red Gully, w/ E Crestone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2014

Sarah Simon

Loved everything about this peak except the dual ascents of Broken Hand Pass - never a favorite in my book. Still a bit of snow that I kick-stepped up and used my ax on the way down. Easy route finding - MUCH easier than the Needle. Scooted over to East Crestone afterward, it's only about an 8 minute round-trip on fairly easy terrain. Proud of Mikey for tackling this as his 1st 14er, even if I think he had visions of killing me in his head during the re-ascent of Broken Hand Pass. ;) Hehehehe.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 9:22 am

Kevintheclimberinsane   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2012


We got lost along the way. Went off route. No equipment. Luckily the weather was perfect.

Didnt see a single soul. We used cottonwood trail....bushwhacking at its finest
Posted Dec 31, 2013 5:37 pm

MadGrad96Crestone Peak  Sucess!


Standard route
Posted Nov 1, 2013 7:50 am

DanielLRed Gully to Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2011


Great climb up Red Gully, then went on to traverse to the Needle. Probably my favorite climb of all time!
Posted Oct 5, 2013 10:46 am

GarethRed Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2013


After having climbed Crestone Needle back on Labor Day 2004, nine years later, on the same weekend, I came back and completed the pair. Crestone Peak is a neat mountain, but I have to say that I liked Crestone Needle better. I'd hate to be in the Red Gully if the rock was wet! I had forgotten what a pain Broken Hand Pass was.
Posted Sep 3, 2013 5:30 pm

morethanrealFirst time in Colorado  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2013
The Red Gully is much longer than expected!
Posted Sep 3, 2013 5:17 pm

pacojgarzafirst time on the peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2013


Had nice weather that made for a great time getting to this summit via the red gully after a wet hike to So. Colony lake the previous evening. It was the first of 20 peaks that I summited on my 14 day peakbagging trip.
Posted Aug 16, 2013 10:12 am

cftbqRed Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2013


A return climb by the standard route, with two new climbing partners. No one else on the mountain, summit fogged in by the time we got there. Just made it back down to Cottonwood Lake before rain and graupel hit! Very satisfying.
Posted Aug 10, 2013 8:54 am

Trailboss88via Cottonwood Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2013


Fun and relatively easy climb up the red gully to the saddle. Easy scambling to the peak and East Crestone. Cottonwood Creek trail was semi-bushwhacking but very scenic with many waterfalls. We camped near treeline just before it got steep and it was a good decision. Could be done as a day trip with good weather (13 miles RT)
Posted Jul 20, 2013 1:12 pm

MarkDidierVia Broken Hand Pass and Red Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2012


I really enjoyed this peak. We backpacked in to South Colony Lakes. The climb up Broken Hand Pass was the toughest part of the day - too much scree!!! The red gully was a lot of fun, and the final scramble up the ridge crest wasn't all that exposed. While definitely a tough day, it wasn't as difficult as advertised.
Posted Oct 24, 2012 8:42 pm

milanGreat  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2012
After a day on Culebra, this mountain hit the spot! Beautiful, fun, the Red Gully was relentless.
Posted Oct 21, 2012 5:53 pm

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

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