From South Colony Lakes. Lots of scrambling. Initially I missed the last broad couloir leading to the summit and ended up on Challenger Point- a bit embarrassed about that. On the way back, I tried to take a shortcut down to the South Colony Lakes from the Bears Playgound and had an uncontrolled slide down a snow filled gully- ice axe probably saved me from a severe injury.
Camped at willow lake, then took the standard route up around the backside ridge at the top. I highly recommend NOT taking the gully route. Its a shooting gallery of falling rocks, especially on a busy day. Definitely bring a helmet. Didnt summit Kit Karson as my friend was scared from the exposure on the traverse of the ridge to Kit Karson summit. Maybe next time!
Scary climb in snow
Climbed up to Challenger Point via the gully and then traversed over to Kit Carson. So much fun and the views were incredible. I attempted last year but got turned around by all the snow on Kit Carson Avenue.
My wife and I's first anniversary. Took ALL day (wondered on to wrong route) but made it. What a great day!!
FINALLY!!! After 7 attempts I finally made it up this dam thing. I had great weather all day and even went into work when I got back home.
Both Challenger & Kit Carson... Willow Lake is amazing
whew, not sure I can do that anymore...
Stellar approach hike! Lots of columbines and other flowers. Mist was boiling all around at Challenger's summit. I wisely bailed on Kit Carson: thunder, hail, rain followed shortly. Must come back!
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!!
So fun it's almost criminal.
En route to Columbia Point & "Obstruction Peak". 10.5 hours from Willow Creek TH.
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.
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!
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.
Climbed Kit Carson in August of 1968, and Challenger Point from Willow Lake Sept 25, 1988.
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.
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.
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.
challenging winter climb. it was awesome! and yes, we're insane.....first two up in 2006