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bc44caesarRoute Climbed: Northwest Couloir Date Climbed: 24 Jul 2005  Sucess!

bc44caesar

Climbed the North Couloir from Colony Lakes 4x4 TH with Brad Snider. I didn't expect to have to scramble so much on the walk from Humboldt to Bears Playground. The couloir was almost completely devoid of snow, but had quite a lot of water running down it. We continued on and traversed to the Needle afterwards.
Posted Jul 25, 2005 1:19 am

Larry VRoute Climbed: south couloir Date Climbed: August 2004  Sucess!

Larry V

Standard route from our overnight camp at South Colony Lakes. Over Broken Hand Pass and past Cottonwood Lake. Climbed the east summit first (14,260') which is the high point of Custer County. Icy conditions on last 200' before the sun struck the rocks made the east summit a little treacherous. Then climbed the main summit with Gurbinder.



Had a heart-pounding experience in the wet, red couloir that morning. A 200 pound boulder pulled loose and dropped right beside my climbing buddy who was standing on a shelf just 15 feet below. You can never be too careful.
Posted Mar 20, 2005 3:32 pm

ColoradoScottRoute Climbed: South Face/Red Couloir Date Climbed: September 21, 2003  Sucess!

ColoradoScott

I backpacked over Broken Hand Pass into a solitary camp at Cottonwood Lake, and then climbed to both Crestone Peak summits (east & west) the following morning, descended the route, broke camp and returned to the TH that day.
Posted Feb 2, 2005 11:44 am

bakcastRoute Climbed: NW Couloir Date Climbed: June 200 or 2001  Sucess!

bakcast

This is a great late spring snow climb. What fun! We tried the traverse to the Needle but chose to retreat to the S couloir as the weather wasn't cooperating. Can't wait to get the needle one day! Pretty good fishing in the S. Cololny Lakes as well - surprising!
Posted Jan 5, 2005 7:37 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: August 21, 2004  Sucess!

RyanS

Erin and I led a friend up Crestone's South Face route from a camp in Cottonwood Creek, tagging the summit of East Crestone along the way. After lunch at Cottonwood Lake, she and I climbed Broken Hand Peak. A trip report is available here.
Posted Aug 26, 2004 3:03 pm

bdewoodyRoute Climbed: South Couloir Date Climbed: July 17 2004  Sucess!

bdewoody

Started at South Colony Lakes and went over Broken Hand Pass. As we began to climb the south couloir clouds started moving in at around 9:00am. Stopped at 13,400 ft to wait out the weather and finally decided to go for. Reached the summit but it was too cloudy to see anything around. Quickly descended back to Cottonwood Lake and then over to South Colony.
Posted Jul 20, 2004 2:11 am

DaveCRoute Climbed: s couloir Date Climbed: june 02  Sucess!

DaveC

missed the N couloir in 01, tried again from cottonwood lake and the S couloir in 02. Hard to get to, but a straightforward climb once in the right couloir. Someone had signed the log "I wouldn't say I've been missing it, Bob..."
Posted May 20, 2004 9:28 pm

sbkelleyRoute Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: August 2002  Sucess!

sbkelley

Like it's smaller but pointier (is that a word?) neighbor, I've climbed this one twice and it was great both times. Backpacking up to Cottonwood Lake is a pretty tough hike, but well worth it. If you get the chance, climb the East Crestone Peak - it's a new perspective.
Posted May 12, 2004 2:51 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: South Face via Cottonwood Creek Date Climbed: July 22, 2002  Sucess!

RyanS

Encouraged by success on Kit Carson and Challenger the week before, Erin and I returned to the Sangres to try Crestone Peak. We used the Cottonwood Creek approach, and we had an interesting time negotiating that trail in the dark. We reached Cottonwood Lake at daybreak, but ominous clouds greeted us in the morning light. After waiting for a break in the clouds, we summitted Crestone Peak. We were so excited, we forgot about East Crestone.... guess we'll be coming back someday! A trip report is available here.
Posted Apr 12, 2004 11:52 am

Larry VRoute Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: August 1997  Sucess!

Larry V

This is a good, manageable route on an exciting fourteener peak. Climbed the Peak first, then Crestone Needle and Humboldt. It makes for a long but memorable day! Highly recommeded.
Posted Apr 10, 2004 9:57 am

eckdoerryRoute Climbed: three 14ers Date Climbed: Augest 10, 2001  Sucess!

eckdoerry

I climbed all three of the local 14ers this day in one long hard push. Real hardmen can add in Kit Carson too, but, ah well, maybe next time.



Did a wierd variation up a sketchy couloir on the SE face of the Needle, then traversed to Crestone Peak summit --- also sketchy in places; couldn't see the simple ridge route the guide described (need better guide!) -- and then slogged up Humboldt, which is the least interesting in terms of climbing, but a nice relaxing grind to end the day. Started at 530am, got down by 130 to avoid lingering monsoon weather.
Posted Nov 28, 2003 11:46 am

GrantRoute Climbed: Cottonwood Lake TH Date Climbed: Sept 7, 2002  Sucess!

Grant

Finally starting to run out of easy fourteeners and now it’s time to start the harder ones. From reading and talking to people Crestone Peak sounded like a good start because of its class 3 area is on solid rock and there isn’t much probability of rock fall.



In the morning I started up a good trail after about two miles the trail wasn’t in the best shape and it was hard to follow. At timberline the trail was fading quickly, and the willows were covering it. I was happy to get through the willows because my legs were getting beat up pretty good. I finally met the main trail where the majority of people come from South Colony Lakes via Broken Hand Pass. The weather wasn’t the best but I came this far and I wasn’t going to quit until I heard thunder.



Looking up at the red chute it didn’t look as intimidating as I thought, but my adrenaline and confidence were running high. I started up the chute and there were some areas where I had to think and finding hand and foot holds wasn’t a problem, plus the rock fall was almost nonexistent. After 1000 feet of very fun scrambling I made it just below the notch where I turned left (west) for the last 200 foot scramble to the summit. The Summit was very small and with seven other people on the peak it was very crowded. The exposure to the north and east was quite incredible and after about ten minutes of looking straight down a 800 foot vertical face I had enough.



Further down the trail at the first waterfall I ran into a couple that told me that someone died near Crestone Peak last night. I remembered walking by a tent on my way up just past the willows and on the way back search and rescue was in this same place with a dead sled, and the tent was gone. It was raining when I past them so I didn’t chit-chat with them. The dead sled had something in it and I thought it was just equipment. I guess it was the person.
Posted Oct 27, 2003 10:49 pm

Brice NeugebauerRoute Climbed: Red Coulier Date Climbed: 27 July 2002  Sucess!

Brice Neugebauer

Traverse from summit to Crestone Needle
Posted Aug 30, 2003 9:54 am

big_gRoute Climbed: South Face/Red Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2003

big_g

Day 2 of my Crestone hikathon. Beautiful peak but I was a little disappointed in the route. It seemed like I was not using my hands enough for it to be a class 3 route. Maybe I am that good?
Posted Aug 8, 2003 1:34 am

Alan EllisRoute Climbed: South Face/Red Couloir Date Climbed: August 2, 2003  Sucess!

Alan Ellis

This is a classic class 3 route with a wonderful summit. Thanks to Andy for joining me on this climb. It was a great day in the Sangres, and this is a peak which rates as one of my favorites. See photos of this trip on my website.
Posted Aug 3, 2003 3:45 pm

AndyRoute Climbed: Red Coulior Date Climbed: August 2, 2003  Sucess!

Andy

I had a great time climbing with Alan Ellis. We left camp at South Colony Lakes at 4:30 and were on the summit by 8:45. The weather was beautiful and the climb was a blast. We made it back to camp by 13:30. This was my first taste of the Sangre de Cristos. I'll be back!
Posted Aug 3, 2003 1:18 pm

ctruscotRoute Climbed: easiest class 3 Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!
In a hurry to record all peaks I did last week, so skipping trip reports. I am so happy I never have to drive that Colony Lakes road again - I hate that road. Count on 2 hours of 4x4 - ug. Beautiful climb and first on summit that day.
Posted Jul 14, 2003 7:26 pm

charmsRoute Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: July 20, 2002  Sucess!

charms

After having reached the summit of my first 14er, the Crestone Needle, the day before, I was somewhat hesitant to climb Crestone Peak. I enjoyed the long hike from South Colony to the base of the Red Couloir, but once we got to the Couloir I began getting anxious to get this one behind me.



I admit now that the Needle totally psyched me out for the rest of the weekend, and all because my climbing partner lead me up a difficult class 4 climb with the perception of great exposure on the way up the needle.



I eventually settled into the Red Couloir and actually began enjoying the climb until we actually reached the summit. Then I began dreaming of the wide open spaces of Texas.



I was glad to get off the summit and back into the couloir of which I really enjoyed hiking back down.
Posted Jan 16, 2003 7:07 pm

mtnhiker13Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July 19, 2002  Sucess!

mtnhiker13

A long day but worth the trip. The class 2-3 rock climbing was the most fun for me. The summit was great with wonderful views of the Sand Dunes, Kit Carson, Crestone Needle etc.
Posted Dec 27, 2002 12:10 pm

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: Colony Lakes to N Coulair Date Climbed: July 6 1999  Sucess!

rmjwinters

Approached to Bear's Playground and then traversed into the north chute. The snow was soft and ice axe used for safety. Only one on the Crestones today.
Posted Oct 5, 2002 9:06 pm

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