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theREALCarpeDMRed Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2008


Love the Sangres!
Posted Apr 8, 2010 5:38 pm

utclimberFinal 14er  Sucess!
Climbing Crestone Peak was very memorable for me, since it was my last of the 14ers in Colorado. I hiked up the South Face from Cottonwood Creek in September of 2003.
Posted Mar 28, 2010 4:00 pm

JB99Climbed with my little brother  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2009


Posted Dec 9, 2009 4:25 pm

pyergersouth face x3  Sucess!


I have climbed this a few times Great scramble up the south face. Did the traverse, from peak to needle once.
Posted Dec 4, 2009 1:08 pm

Darren9Red Couloir rocks  Sucess!


One of my first real couloir climbs and very fun. Part of guides training for WSC in Gunnison
Posted Nov 7, 2009 1:28 am

ElliottDavisSecond time's a charm  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2009


Had a fine day; first the Needle, then back to Cottonwood Lake and around for my second try of the trip. With weather threatening, I made it from the big cairn at the bottom to the summit in 1:09 - zoom! I was quite pleased. BTW, the class 4 traverse to the East Summit that Roach describes is actually a class 2+ walkup.
Posted Sep 17, 2009 2:31 pm

ElliottDavishail and thunder
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2009


Red Gully from S Colony Lakes to 214' vertical feet from the saddle and then thunder went BOOM! And we went bye-bye.
Posted Sep 17, 2009 2:29 pm

seanoRed Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2009


Cruiser class 2-3, with a Colorado Fourteener Interstate to the base. Nice peak.
Posted Sep 7, 2009 9:26 am

RMdaytripsgrlThis time via Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2009


Did the West summit last month, but had some unfinished business. This time we did the East summit from the traverse from the Needle. Descent of the NW couloir. (A LITTLE BETA: Save the NW couloir for a nice snow climb folks. It's about half class 4 and a loose pile of SH_T at this time of year - I had to be on belay for 2/3 of it as I am not a pro down-climber on loose, wet class 4!!! Toss in an ice field right where you must cross to the exit too, an axe AND belay was needed to safely cross w/o crampons)
Posted Aug 14, 2009 11:52 am

rocketsredglareBroken CO cherry  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2009


One of the best days in the mountains I have had. The Red Gully is a definite climb, this is not an easy one and it definitely gives you some exposure! The summit is a beauty and the climb down and out is not as bad as you think coming up :)

Started at 10 and out by 7 going pretty easy and waiting for my party for an hour and a half. Ran the last 2-3 miles out. PERFECT!!
Posted Aug 10, 2009 1:07 pm

strudolyubovRed Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2009


Climbed Crestone Peak (both W and E summits) via Red Gully after climbing the Needle earlier in the morning. Perfect weather, awesome views!
Posted Aug 2, 2009 12:45 pm

mattpayne11Red Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2009


Via Cottonwood Creek TH.
Posted Jul 28, 2009 1:51 am

csmcgranahanAmazing views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2009


Up and down the red gully w/ my friend Jake. There was considerable snow in places which required a lot of difficult Class 3 and some Class 4 to avoid - all on solid rock. Amazing views - particularly to the south. We saw only a handful of folks west of Broken Hand Pass.
Posted Jul 19, 2009 5:13 pm

RMdaytripsgrlAin't No Joke!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2009


This is a mountain CLIMB! Sweet mountain.

Broken Hand/red gully up and down. (Did about 1/2 the traverse to Needle and then called it due to time constraints - had to pick up kids...too bad, had perfect weather...we'll be back!)

Posted Jul 16, 2009 2:27 pm

Liba Kopeckovatoo crowded over Labor day weekend  Sucess!

Liba Kopeckova

I did Needle the day before, and Peak the following day. Very crowded over Labor day weekend. They did fix the road up to South Colony, so many people drove all the way up there. There was no parking available...
Posted Jul 10, 2009 9:06 am

PablohoneyNeedle to Peak traverse  Sucess!


One of the best areas in Colorado
Posted Mar 27, 2009 8:06 pm

SteveMarrSouth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2003


Summited via the Red Gully Route on the south face in perfect fall conditions. Great impromptu trip.
Posted Feb 2, 2009 6:16 am

SarahThompsonIn all 4 seasons  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2005


7/17/05 - Climbed the (mostly dry) standard Red Gully Route from camp at South Colony Lake. My partner refused to attempt the 4th class traverse to Crestone Needle so we climbed down Crestone Peak, hiked back to Broken Hand Pass, and climbed Crestone Needle via its standard route.

5/28/06 - Climbed the (somewhat snowy) Red Gully from camp along Cottonwood Creek. My 1st time in crampons! Afterwards we did the classic traverse to Crestone Needle and added on Broken Hand Peak before calling it a day.

1/15/11 - Grueling approach up Cottonwood Creek with heavy packs. Spent two nights camped at 11,800ft. Scrambled (in crampons) up snowy rock to the right of the couloir until about 13,800 ft. Entered couloir via a slabby traverse and followed it to the top. Final summit ridge scramble was exciting. The approach and climb were an absolute butt kicker.

12/2/12 - Traversed from Crestone Needle and descended the Red Gully. Dry for December.

I will return for the NW couloir.
Posted Jan 6, 2009 6:30 pm

Bob BoltonRed Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2008

Bob Bolton

Joined Dave Covill's group intending to join them for the traverse from Needle to Peak. However the party seemed a bit large and unwieldy, and the weather didn't seem solid, so I opted at Broken Hand Pass to head for my top priority, Crestone Peak's west and east summits. Sure enough the traverse didn't happen due to fog, so I was very glad I made the decision I did. Fun peak!
Posted Dec 16, 2008 12:39 am

bmcnary1Super Duper  Sucess!


Good break from work
Posted Nov 24, 2008 8:34 pm

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