We had planned to do Crestone Peak, but I forgot my Roach 14ers book and did not know the exact route. We wandered around a bit before "settling" on climbing the Needle. Tough climb, but man, was it worth it. Sadly, a couple from Texas had died in a fall from the Needle a few days prior, and Custer County SAR was recovering the bodies while we were breaking camp after the climb.
Fantastic Climb and sneak traverse Date Climbed: Jul 14, 1995
This was fantastic. in order to make the two peaks in a day, (while avoiding the ridge traverse ;[) we walked down an easy gully to the right to a 20-30 foot rappel right at the bottom. Glad we had the rope.