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It can be done

Postby pyerger » Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:44 pm

That is very doable. If you camp at south colony lake, You can do one of the standard routes up Kit carson, (third class) then an easy traverse to Challenger peak. Day two( you can climb crestone peak ( I like the south face, Which has become the standard third class route) come back to broken hand pass, and climb Crestone needle(third class). Or for less miles, and vertical, you can do the crestone traverse. I like the peak to needle, vs needle to peak.some tricky route finding, and the last pitch is a very exposed 4th class, A real classic. ( day three ) humbolt peak,2nd class) which is right above, camp.

Also check out fourteeners.com, for more info, and threads. Not sure on the road conditions up south colony lake, There has been talk about u.s.f.s. closing it, to cars.( hikers only), which would ad some miles to the trip.

Hope you guys are in good shape!
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kit carson

Postby pyerger » Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:50 pm

I have not personally done the east ridge of Kit carson from South Colony lakes, But I do know some people that have, and have not reported any major problems, or epics. There is a page on that route discription in summit post (East Ridge Route). Also you can pick up Gerry Roaches hiking and climbing fourteeners book, and the route will be in there.

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Re: kit carson

Postby Roam Around » Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:49 pm

pyerger wrote:Also you can pick up Gerry Roaches hiking and climbing fourteeners book, and the route will be in there.


i highly recommend that book - the info on the approach routes alone (trailhead location etc) is worth the book. plus, not sure where you live, but you'll have lots of info to whet your appetite for future trips.

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