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DanielLBluebird Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2010

DanielL

Climbed up to the right of the standard North Slope route and hit some Class 3/4 terrain, but the rock was fantastic. Got Kit Carson as well on a perfect day.
Posted Oct 5, 2013 10:33 am

rockymountaindivaFinally got it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2011

rockymountaindiva

Had tried a few weeks earlier via Bear's Playground/S Colony Lakes but ran out of time due to weather. Dragged a friend and hubby along for this semi-repeat & found a great campsite at Willow Lake.
Posted Jul 26, 2013 3:53 pm

astroclimbergreat but hot day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2012

astroclimber

Did Kit Carson as well, with Sarah Simon.
Posted Jul 6, 2013 9:17 pm

milanVery long trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2010
Kit Carson over Challenger Point in one day was a very long trip. Challenger Point slope is slippery and steep and very long but Kit Carson's class 3 was a blast. Loved the mountains. Solo
Posted Oct 21, 2012 5:08 pm

DigglerAmazing massif  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2012

Diggler

Challenger (7/8/'12): Solo (too little sleep for F). Left TH @ 4.26. When finally got to ridgeline, top of mountain enveloped in fog/cloud. As fog/cloud made me quite uneasy, wanted to summit & get out of there. Followed ridge until finally got to summit @ 8.30. Left @ 8.35. On way down saw guys above who tried to catch up/pass me, but couldn't (admitted it when caught up as I was resting @ waterfall). Guys from 14ers.com. Ha ha. Ran into Faith during the descent, as she wanted to see waterfall. Back to TH/car @ 12.37. Exhausting but great day!

Kit Carson, The Prow (.8, .6R) – 7.12.’12
With Faith. Hiked in & camped night before. Thunderstorm night before made me worry, as did the difficulty on the crux pitch. All worked out in the end, though. Skies started out bluebird, & building clouds definitely worried me as climb, & time, progressed.

After crux pitch snafu (F couldn’t pull crux w/ rope pulling her to the side (where the next piece of pro’ was), I couldn’t hear or understand anything that was going on over waterfall noise & past rock bulges, …), though, made good time. Actually passed the 2 guys that started ahead of us (& seemed to take off after crux pitch- didn’t see them again until pitch above Kit Carson Ave.) @ summit. At that point, hearing thunder around us.

On descent, noticed hikers we’d seen who’d seemed to be confused on the S gully halfway up the side of the wall forming the Prow!!! Obviously not in a comfortable place, guy (& girl) had to practice moves down to get to ramp leading to descent shelf multiple times before committing- if rain would have started, they would have been fucked. I wouldn’t have been surprised to see one (or both) fall off… They finally made it down, though- LUCKY.

Packed up camp @ base & took off. Back @ car shortly before 21.00. EPIC day!!!! Glad to do it with Faith.
Posted Sep 29, 2012 8:58 pm

gremlinProw  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2012

gremlin

One cool route
Posted Sep 24, 2012 1:02 pm

pacojgarzaGrand Finale combo.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2012

pacojgarza

On the final day of my 13 day 2012 trip to Colorado I reached the summits of Challenger and Kit Carson all by myself from Willow Lake (I had hiked up to the lake the previous afternoon). These were peaks #15 and #16 on this trip. Had some breathtaking views all around this very special place.
Posted Sep 1, 2012 10:12 pm

Sarah SimonWillow Lake Trail Dayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2012

Sarah Simon

For what it's worth, my GPS read 16.5 miles RT for this dayhike, a worthy outing considering the more than 6,000 feet vertical gain! Good and tired at the end of the day. I thought the upper Willow Lake Basin to be one of the most beautiful in all of Colorado. Loved it.
Posted Jul 22, 2012 12:45 am

mattwagner58Willow lake.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2006
Great overnight trip. Willow lake was beautiful. The summit ridge of challenger was a bit more exposed than my previous summits but was a great experience.
Posted Feb 6, 2012 12:38 pm

xpdaChallenger Point, Kit Carson  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2007

xpda

Solo
Posted Oct 29, 2011 12:50 pm

Ted EliasonPioneering descent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2008

Ted Eliason

Having never gone up the standard route before, we took the North Ridge up and wondered how the hell to get down. We wound up descending a 5th class face to reach challenger.
Posted Oct 13, 2011 4:13 pm

vbeckman74Willow Lake Epic  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2011

vbeckman74

Took a newbie on this very long hike. We did Challenger and Kit Carson in one day from the Willow Lake trailhead. It took 14 hours round trip. The weather was perfect but we ended up finishing in the dark under head lamps. Loose talus and scree above the lake. Luckily we got below that before the sun set. Great epic.
Posted Oct 1, 2011 5:41 pm

I like it on topChallenger and Kit Carson  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2011

I like it on top

Early start from above Willow Lake, beautiful weather and morning. Awesome day.
Posted Sep 25, 2011 11:58 pm

thatnissanguyThe Prow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2011

thatnissanguy

Approached from Upper South Colony Lake. Sick climb!
Posted Sep 6, 2011 12:19 am

indianabobThwarted by the weather
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2011

indianabob

We set out early and were turned back by intense lightning and hail at 10 AM. The climb up to Willow Lake was magnificent and it was a great trip despite the storm.
Posted Sep 5, 2011 12:10 pm

blueshadeCP and KC from Willow Crk TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2011

blueshade

The pair from Willow Crk. Harder day than I expected, but got it done. Chased off the mountain by bad weather after quickly getting KC.
Posted Aug 28, 2011 9:28 pm

matthewpFailed Attempt

matthewp

Altitude sickness got the best of one in our party, so I turned around with her while the other two continued. Beautiful area, bummer that we didn't summit.
Posted Aug 21, 2011 6:47 pm

SenadRFrom Willow Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2011

SenadR

Challenger and Kit Carson
Posted Aug 1, 2011 8:52 am

Matt LemkeDone it twice!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2011

Matt Lemke

Backpacked into Willow Lake Friday night and climbed up the slopes to Challenger.
Posted Jun 20, 2011 3:19 pm

REMFrom Willow Lake
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2005

REM

Unfinished business...
Posted Jun 6, 2011 11:48 pm

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