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mirhashThe Peak from Cottonwood Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2010


Tried to make the peak to needle traverse but had to bail due to nil visibility
Posted Sep 7, 2010 10:50 pm

ericnoelCrestone and East Crestone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2010


We made the short approach and camped at the upper South Colony Lake. Then up to the ridge and up the NW Gully. Then down the red gully and over Broken Hand Pass to make a loop of it. Nice area and an interesting route. Steep, but never scary steep.
Posted Sep 6, 2010 4:42 pm

skorpeoFrom new parking lot  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2010


Thirteen hours from new parking lot. My partner, Paul could have easily taken 3-4 hours off that time.
From the saddle to the summit was a bit airy, but fun.
Posted Aug 29, 2010 12:34 pm

metal4lyfN Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2010


The North Buttress is an amazing route and a great preparation for the Peak-to-Needle traverse (which is easier in my opinion than the crux of the buttress). Incredible!
Posted Aug 16, 2010 11:08 am

BGL84Red Couloir  Sucess!


Awesome Climb, Missed out on the exposure, we were climbing in mostly fog and cloud cover, lite hail. Definately an experience. Hope to do the needle soon.
Posted Jul 4, 2010 9:34 pm

Eric HolleSouth Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 21, 2010

Eric Holle

This was a great snow climb from South Colony Lakes. On our way back to Broken Hand Pass, we climbed Crestolita as well.
Posted Jun 7, 2010 2:52 pm

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

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