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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

MountainHikerCOWillow Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2000


This was my second climb of both Kit Carson and Challenger. We approached from Willow Creek trailhead
Posted Feb 18, 2008 7:38 pm

MountainHikerCOChallenger  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 1994


This was my first climb of Challenger. I approached from Willow Creek Trailhead. I did not get Kit Carson this trip but I did hike down to the saddle to reconnoiter the route for next time.
Posted Feb 18, 2008 7:36 pm

MountainHikerCOSouth Colony  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 1993


This was my first climb of Kit Carson. I approached from South Colony Lakes and got point 13799 and Kat Carson 13890 (now called Columbia). I did not get Challenger on this trip.
Posted Feb 18, 2008 7:32 pm

mtnhiker13via Challenger  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2007


Third attempt on this mountain - finally made it. Weather looked threatening but held off until we were way off the mountain. What a great route on a great mountain - we climbed up the west couloir which was very solid and enjoyable climbing. Didn't get to enjoy the summit very long as the clouds were circling around us!
Posted Sep 5, 2007 12:39 am

dr_gonzbeautiful  Sucess!


did this with challenger and humbolt from s. colony lakes. amazing rock and amazing views.
Posted Sep 4, 2007 4:29 pm

Woodie HopperSouth Colony Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2007

Woodie Hopper

A long day from South Colony Lakes. Climbed with Kent from Grand Junction who I met at the Bear's Playground.
Posted Sep 3, 2007 8:48 am

altitude14erRoute Climbed: North Slopes from Willow Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2007


Climbed this peak and then did the traverse climb to Kit Carson. The "Avenue" was alot of fun and made for an interesting route. Climbed w/Mark,Dave&Debbie! Saw Bighorn Sheep near lake on descent..
Posted Aug 19, 2007 3:25 am

Eric HolleAmazing day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007

Eric Holle

Climbed the two 14ers with Kris from Willow Creek. Great day and hike. It was great to get back to the Sangre de Cristo Range after spending two weeks there in April-May. Great views all around. Napped by the lake on the way out.
Posted Aug 18, 2007 11:26 pm

shanahan96north face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2007


went back for challenger 1.5 years after knocking off kit carson in winter 2006. the north face was a steep slog, yet the hike went by fast. added the prow, kit carson and columbia point to the hike.

Posted Aug 12, 2007 1:38 am

shanrickvBeautiful Climb!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2007


Absolutely beautiful area to climb and hike in. I love the Sangres, especially Willow Lake. Alan, you can bring the salmon next time!
Posted Aug 9, 2007 8:49 am

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