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bernardhohmanOutstanding South Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2007


Old Ickabod and I enjoyed a perfect weather day for this summit and the Needle.
Posted Jun 26, 2007 10:39 am

OutdoorpartnerTough scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2006


I totally underestimated this climb! It took me 10 hours, and had some tough downclimbing -- trying NOT to loosen rockfall for those below.
Posted Oct 5, 2006 5:34 am

mmittenCottonwood / Spanish Creek access restriction!!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2006
The Cottonwood Creek trailhead and the Spanish Creek trailhead both have no trespassing signs up that read "No Public Access to National Forest Land," and "Property of the Crestone Zen Monastery." See trip report.
Posted Aug 20, 2006 2:25 am

rasgoatgreat mountain!  Sucess!


got a ride to sc lakes, that saved me! woke up at sunrise ascended to nw couloir lots of snow still in august! stay left of snow. awesome views of the valley and sand dunes at summit. attempted needle same day but ran out of water
Posted Aug 6, 2006 10:06 pm

seth@LOKIwicked fun!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 1994


Climbed this after a Humbolt Karson combo the day before, the climbed the neeedle, descended to Cottonwood side, a short repel and climbed South'west Gullythen down the NW Couloir. Almost slipped on the way down the ledge in the couloir.
Posted Jul 26, 2006 6:47 pm

Brian KaletNorth Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2006

Brian Kalet

From Humboldt Peak, Point 13290 and East Crestone. En route to Crestone Needle. Trip Report
Posted Jun 19, 2006 7:07 pm

Foxy Long BottomsOur own variation  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2006

Foxy Long Bottoms

What he said. :-)
Posted Jun 12, 2006 3:08 pm

chicagotransplantRed Gully right side variation  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2006


Climbed with Tracy (gurlyclimber). We were hoping for sustained knobby conglomerate and the gully really didn't offer it so we mostly climbed the knobby face to the right of the gully to make it more interesting. We descended the gully though because we didn't want to downclimb all of the class 4 stuff we found on the way up. Had the summit to ourselves once again!
Posted Jun 12, 2006 2:58 pm

km_donovanRoute Climbed: Red Coulior  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2005


Great climb! Details in the trip report :

… and he’s climbing a stairway to Crestone…
Posted Apr 28, 2006 5:25 pm

bajaandyA long time ago  Sucess!


First 14ner when I was just a lad of 15. This is the one that bit me, and I've had the bug ever since. Climbed it with COBS.
Posted Mar 9, 2006 3:57 am

MariePSouth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2005


Wanted to do the traverse to the Needle but had to bail because of bad weather.
Posted Mar 6, 2006 4:35 pm

markhyamsSouth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 1995


Went over Broken Hand Pass intent on doing the traverse to the Needle, but we pooped out.
Posted Mar 2, 2006 11:40 pm

Mountain JimRoute Climbed: From Crestone Needle Date Climbed: August 1968  Sucess!

Mountain Jim

Climbed both summits because in those days we didn't know which was the highest.
Posted Feb 9, 2006 11:35 pm

jomalRoute Climbed: Red Coulior Date Climbed: July 2005  Sucess!


Climbed right after climbing the Needle, so we were pretty tired. A fair amount of snow, so we had to go off route a bit, but a fun, easy climb.
Posted Feb 6, 2006 1:05 am

KieferRoute Climbed: South face & NW couloir Date Climbed: July 22, 2005  Sucess!


A hot day to start. flies and mosquitos were very bad.

ascented via the Red Couloir which was actually quite nice. Solid rock. Spent about 15 minutes at the top and descended via the NW couloir. I would reccommend going up via this route and down the Red. The rock is much looser. There was still snow and water running down the center. The ledges going around were tricky to navigate. Nothing bad but pay attention. Got back to the truck and collapsed. About a 12 hour day.
Posted Jan 21, 2006 12:50 pm

1mverticalRoute Climbed: Red Couloir Date Climbed: August 3, 2004  Sucess!


Took half the time we thought it would. Be very careful of rock fall. A couple of big ones went past me on the descent.
Posted Jan 4, 2006 5:03 pm

brandonRoute Climbed: North Buttress with direct start Date Climbed: 8/13/05  Sucess!


Fun stuff, climbing in a whiteout all morn, bailed on the traverse, return pver Broken hand pass... with Andrew
Posted Oct 1, 2005 2:10 pm

hoopyfroodRoute Climbed: Red Coulior Date Climbed: September 18, 2005  Sucess!


This was an awesome climb coming from the Cottonwood Creek trailhead. We got a little lost where the two creeks split, but thanks to good topo reading we dropped into Cottonwood Lake from the saddle next to Broken Hand Pass adding quite a few miles to the approach.
Posted Sep 27, 2005 12:33 pm

K_G_WrightRoute Climbed: Red Couloir Date Climbed: September 18, 2005  Sucess!


Two weeks before I got turned around on a solo of the North West Couloir (this route should be done as a steep snow climb in late Spring). If anyone ventures into the NW Couloir as a late summer route... bring a helmet, short rope, crampons, self-belay equip./belayer and a hammer/ax as it had hard ice even on Sept. 7th. I had golf ball sized rocks fly by consistently- every 5 or 10 minutes. On the 18th, I summitted via the beautifully dry, relatively solid Red Couloir. See my photo of the nearly invisible cutoff from the main valley to the Cottonwood Creek fork- this is truly the crux of the entire southern route. This very important saddle is just north of the top of the boiler plates. Awesome solid scrambling up the Red Couloir!!!
Posted Sep 23, 2005 4:34 pm

ktiffany22Route Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: Sept 17, 2005  Sucess!


This Peak is much easier than it's made out to be!!! The Red Coulier offers some FUN class 3 climbing:-) I'd compare it to the Homestretch on Long's Peak.... only MUCH longer. We had a blast!
Posted Sep 18, 2005 7:58 pm

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