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strudolyubovKit Carson/Challenger combo via Willow Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2009

strudolyubov

Climbed Challenger point (second summit since 2002) together with Kit Carson starting from Willow Creek TH at 4:30am. After climbing Kit Carson, returned over Challenger and was back at the car at 2:45pm. A great day in Sangres!

08/12/2011: Climbed Kit Carson Peak via North Ridge route. Traversed to Columbia Point and returned over Challenger summit. 11 hours car-to-car. Fun scrambling, nice weather, great views!
Posted Aug 8, 2009 11:14 pm

myroneKit Carson via Upper S. Colony Lakes TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2009

myrone

4th attempt at this peak...started up at 4:50AM and reached summit at 10:52AM via Columbia Pk.("Kat Carson") Then back over Columbia on return route...made for a long day but met some good people and the weather was OK until the rain & hail the last mile back to TH. Finally succeeded;my 44th 14'er.........sweet!!
Posted Jul 30, 2009 11:56 am

mattpayne11Standard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2009

mattpayne11

Backpacked to Willow Lake and climbied via Challenger Point.
Posted Jul 28, 2009 1:21 am

TahawusKit Carson Peak - Challenger Point  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2009

Tahawus

Climbed via the Willow Lake Approach from Crestone. A wonderful introduction to both the Sangre de Cristos and the Rocky Mountains. The long, steep scramble up Challenger Point's North slopes was exhausting but the view was well worth it. The traverse over to Kit Carson was equally exciting and the solitude quite unexpected.
Posted Jul 24, 2009 6:38 pm

Bkoziol3Challenger Point  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2009

Bkoziol3

First 14er and first glissade coming down standard route of Challenger Point. Started out from Willow Lake at 4:30AM on a picture perfect day. Not too much snow left on the Avenue to KC according to my friends who went over while I relaxed on Challenger. The view of the Valley really makes you feel up there. Cannot wait to get back to Colorado to do my next 14er!
Posted Jul 14, 2009 8:37 pm

Liba Kopeckovafrom Willow lake  Sucess!

Liba Kopeckova

Got in hail/rain/snow, but still had a great time. Willow lake is a beautiful place, great for backpacking.
Posted Jul 10, 2009 8:52 am

rleclairChallenger Pt - North Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2009

rleclair

What a great way to spend to the 4th of July with a 2-night backpacking trip to Willow Lakes and Challenger Pt/Kit Carson. Half of our group summitted Challenger Point - good idea to have crampons/axe/helmet as a party of two above us was kicking snow/rocks down the standard route. Looked at KC "Avenue" and decided against as it was still full of ice/snow - glissaded down slope, wrapped up the day with a dip in Willow Lk, and a dinner with nearby mountain sheep!
Posted Jul 5, 2009 11:03 pm

KieferVia OB Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 26, 2009

Kiefer

Poor snow in the morning but got better as the day progressed.
Was with 5 others in my group and ran into Tim Mahon and Christy on the climb! A sweet day!
Posted Apr 27, 2009 1:24 am

ClearSkiesAheadLoooong Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2008

ClearSkiesAhead

Started from the car at about 3:30am and did the whole trip in a single day. I would say one of the longest I have ever done. I almost wish I had planned to camp at the lake after I saw that waterfall. Absolutely amazing! I also think I may have exited the avenue a little early on Kit Carson, but it worked out. I made it back to the trailhead around 5:00pm.
Posted Jan 23, 2009 5:40 pm

SarahThompsonSummer/ Fall / Winter x2  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2004

SarahThompson

8/29/04 - Climbed Kit Carson Mountain and Challenger Point in a day via the standard route from Willow Lake. Epic 19 hours with a sloooow partner.

1/17/10 - Winter climb of Kit Carson Mountain. Spanish Creek approach, climb of south face. Beautiful area!!!

1/8/11 - Winter ascent of Challenger Point. Backpacked to Willow Lake and climbed north face. Standard route was buried under steep, avy prone snow slopes so we climbed a more difficult but much safer line up a rib further east. Descended the northwest ridge (which we had largely explored the previous day after packing in). Challenger is quite the challenge in winter, seemed tougher than Kit Carson.

12/8/12 - Up Challenger's SW Ridge, traverse to Kit Carson, down Kit Carson's South Couloir. Awesome loop!!!

2/2/13 - Up Kit Carson's South Couloir and South Face to top of Kit Carson, traverse Kit Carson Avenue to Challenger, traverse back across Avenue and descend Kit Carson's South Couloir. Peaks were caked in amazing hoar frost. Incredible day in the hills.
Posted Jan 7, 2009 11:00 am

srclimb1Challenger Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2008

srclimb1

1st 14er back in CO 5 days from New Orleans,#16.Beautiful approach...Loved the meadow. Willow Lake is worth the hike in. I actually camped at the lake. Morning of summit was cloudy and very misty. At the notch on the ridge the wind was blowing about 70mph. It was basically pouring rain on the ridge. Great hike up steep scree and soaking wet & cold, but wouldnt have been anywhere else!
Posted Oct 14, 2008 11:27 am

RMdaytripsgrlWillow Lake TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2008

RMdaytripsgrl

2nd attempt, good weather this day. A beautiful area. Animals everywhere. Std route. Couloirs are all ice...no glissades here! Might have to go back and try the N ridge someday.
Posted Sep 19, 2008 3:13 pm

Mots010via Challenger  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2008

Mots010

Couldnt find a partner for north ridge, so settled for standard route. Love Willow Lake.
Posted Aug 31, 2008 8:49 pm

GeorgeJamesNorth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2008

GeorgeJames

All accounts of this route were proven true, it's amazing. I must admit that the high exposure (plus some rockfall early on) made me a little anxious, but the ridge is pretty darn solid, and all in all it was really fun. Traversed across the "avenue" and descended via the Northwest Ridge/Northwest Slopes of Challenger Point. What a great area!
Posted Aug 25, 2008 3:12 pm

msihlChallenger Point  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2008

msihl

Climbed with Sarp and Paul, starting from trailhead at 9.30 am. Reached Challenger Point at 16.30 and turned around due to exhaustion...Paul and Sarp went on to climb Kit Carson...Paul returned at 1.10 am after getting lost in the dark around Willow Lake.
Posted Aug 20, 2008 2:33 pm

seth@LOKIRather than return to Challenger Point we descended Kit-Kat (Columbia Pt.) Coulior East down to upper Willow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2008

seth@LOKI

Descended Kit-Kat (Columbia Pt. Coulior East into upper Willow Basin. What is this East facing coulior called? CMC? (I loaned out my Dawson book...This steepish descent would have been better with crampons, or skis.
Posted Aug 5, 2008 2:08 am

heather14North Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2008

heather14

A great weekend. Spent a full weekend at Willow Lake with no rain!! North Ridge is one of my favorite routes thus far.
Posted Jul 21, 2008 12:03 pm

Seth MaciejowskiChallenger Point  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2008

Seth Maciejowski

Went up challenger point in a fast run up from willow lake. The avenue look sketchy without an axe so I went back down doing the 1800' glissade in the snow gully. Sweet....
Posted Jun 24, 2008 10:29 pm

miztflipNorth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2008

miztflip

The N Ridge may be my new favorite 14er route. Tons of class 3 on awesome rock. Went on to climb Kat Carson and Challenger. Still a bit of snow on the "Avenue".
Posted Jun 18, 2008 9:41 pm

Jerry LChallnegr Point Only
Date Climbed: May 20, 2008

Jerry L

I made it up to the lake and beyond a bit (about 12,000') but decided to back off as I was solo and there's lots of snow up there right now. Snow was wasit deep in places around the lake. I climbed a smaller peak with southern exposure instead.
Posted May 25, 2008 1:21 pm

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