Challenger Point Climber's Log

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Kiefer - Jun 30, 2006 5:36 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2006

Standard Route

This is getting to be ridicilous. This was my 4th summit of Challenger and 6th attempt at Kit Carson with still no luck!
Every time the weather moves in. In fact, on this trip, I was hailed on, snowed on, 'grappled' on, and rained on. I got caught on Challenger's summit during a fast moving snow-thunderstorm.
I WILL summit Kit Carson!!


Gahugafuga - Jun 20, 2006 6:27 pm Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2005

North Ridge  Sucess!

So fun it's almost criminal.

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Jun 10, 2006 11:29 pm Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2006

West Ridge via Challenger Point  Sucess!

En route to Columbia Point & "Obstruction Peak". 10.5 hours from Willow Creek TH.


Natasha - May 30, 2006 6:45 pm Date Climbed: May 28, 2006

Great Day in the Sangre De Cristos  Sucess!

Had a long, but fabulous day on Challenger and Kit Carson. Two incredible peaks, well, worth the long drive!

Note: Ice axe is still a must right now.

Brad Snider

Brad Snider - May 21, 2006 11:24 pm Date Climbed: May 20, 2006

Triple Crown!  Sucess!

Started from TH 3:30 AM, up the North Ridge of Kit Carson (AWESOME climb!!!), then up some scary class 3-4 ice and snow filled gullies to Columbia Point (fighting approaching thunderstorms), and back to Challenger Point via the Avenue. A seventeen hour day worth the effort!


km_donovan - Apr 23, 2006 1:41 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2003

Route Climbed: West Ridge Via Challenger Point  Sucess!

Made the round trip from the Willow Creek Trailhead. Climbed the west ridge via Kit Carson Avenue; still had lots of snow so I was glad to have my ice axe along

It was the last day of a 10 day 18 14,000 ft. summit solo climbing trip and I was tired and happy.

Mountain Jim

Mountain Jim - Mar 23, 2006 7:45 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 1968

From Colony Lakes  Sucess!

Climbed Kit Carson in August of 1968, and Challenger Point from Willow Lake Sept 25, 1988.


markhyams - Mar 2, 2006 11:53 pm Date Climbed: Aug 20, 1999

East Ridge  Sucess!

Came up from S Colony Lakes. This was my second-to-last 14er. The next day I climbed Crestone Needle to finish off the list.


foreverwild - Feb 21, 2006 12:53 am

End of a long day.  Sucess!

Climbed in a long day+ after Princeton, Perfectly clear day great views of the dunes, ran the last couple miles to finish 26+ miles and 12k feet in the last 36 hours or so.


Kiefer - Jan 28, 2006 1:49 am

Route Climbed: North Face Date Climbed: September 2005  Sucess!

This was my third summit of challanger. I took a co-worker who has never been up a 14er but she was in good shape. Clouds were scary and big and white. We saw mulitudes of wildlife. A great day.


shanahan96 - Jan 10, 2006 2:17 am

Route Climbed: Southwest Face of Kit Carson Date Climbed: January 7, 2006  Sucess!

challenging winter climb. it was awesome! and yes, we're insane.....first two up in 2006



chicagotransplant - Jan 9, 2006 8:16 pm

Route Climbed: Southwest Face of Kit Carson Date Climbed: January 7, 2006  Sucess!

Kit Carson in January? I must be crazy...


chicagotransplant - Jan 9, 2006 8:15 pm

Route Climbed: North Face of Challenger Date Climbed: August 28, 2005  Sucess!

"Standard Route" a little loose, check out my image on the route section for a more solid alternate.

budsmith62 - Dec 31, 2005 12:29 am

Route Climbed: Not Sure Date Climbed: August 20 1981  Sucess!

Journal says that we climbed Kit Cason mountain today 14165 ft. Its getting to be old hand climbing these peaks but it is still always a thrill. We had an orienteering course. We are cooking diiner now. It suks making sure that everyone does everyting right. We are to get resuply tomorrow.


jclements - Dec 22, 2005 7:16 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: June 2002  Sucess!

I only remember the date because I remember the mountains were full of haze from all the fires that year. Otherwise a good climb with a partner I met on the yahoo group. My first class 4 climb.


SiberianSayan - Nov 6, 2005 4:10 pm

Route Climbed: West Ridge via Challenger Point Date Climbed: 2001?  Sucess!

The 14ers run together after you've done a few and it's been a while. Next to the final move on Sunlight, the most challenng of the umpteen some I've done. Good views -- started to snow on the way down making the grassy slope hard to negotiate. I was beat after all that scree.


hoopyfrood - Aug 29, 2005 4:52 pm

Route Climbed: West Ridge via Challenger Point Date Climbed: August 25, 2005  Sucess!

This was a beautiful two day trip with outstanding weather, and I was able to take my nephew on his first 14er!


shknbke - Aug 29, 2005 12:03 am

Route Climbed: west ridge Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2005  Sucess!

Quite a long but rewarding climb of these two! We backpacked in late and started early the next day. I would recommend doing an alpine start dayhike for these as it is pretty steep to Willow Lake with a heavy pack. Some of the best scenery I have seen in CO at Willow Lake. The gully to Challenger's n.w. ridge is looser than I thought it would be and is not fun coming down!

Mike Mc

Mike Mc - Aug 28, 2005 10:32 pm

Route Climbed: West Ridge ( via Challenger) Date Climbed: July 27, 2005  Sucess!

The fog was so heavy, the visibility was maybe 100 feet.


kylerlott - Aug 27, 2005 1:52 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge - Colony Lakes Date Climbed: 8-21-05  Sucess!

Hard to believe but a very relaxing climb / hike compared to the Needle the day before. Quite a few people on Kit, majority from the Challenger point side of the mtn. Great views the whole way to the summit , very slick and wet majority of the way. Same problem here as with Needle, rock cairns everywhere, hard to follow the right ones when you have 2 or 4 to choose from at one time, but we dble. checked our route quite a bit the whole way the the summit. Didn't have enough time or good weather to make it over to Challenger, but I will definately be back to this area.

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