Challenger Point Climber's Log

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shanahan96

shanahan96 - Aug 12, 2007 1:38 am Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2007

north face  Sucess!

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.

jamie

shanrickv

shanrickv - Aug 9, 2007 8:49 am Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2007

Beautiful Climb!  Sucess!

Absolutely beautiful area to climb and hike in. I love the Sangres, especially Willow Lake. Alan, you can bring the salmon next time!

K_G_Wright

K_G_Wright - Aug 6, 2007 4:16 pm Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2007

Willow Lake  Sucess!

Started from just above Willow Lake at 0510. Ascended Challenger Pt. by 0745 and Kit Carson by 0845. Was back at the car by 1610. Absolutely beautiful peaks, route, and people. The lake and waterfalls were postcards. Wonderful company on the way down.

cftbq

cftbq - Jul 30, 2007 2:45 pm Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2007

via Challenger  Sucess!

Standard peakbaggers' route over Challenger Pt. and Kit Carson Avenue. A cloudy day, but the rain held off, and a satisfying climb. Fourteener #31 for me.

chicagotransplant

chicagotransplant - Jul 30, 2007 9:32 am Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2007

second time  Sucess!

Second time up Challenger on the way to Columbia Point. Also tagged the top of "The Prow" and "Kitty Kat Carson". Kind of a weird combination... all of Kit Carson's "sub peaks" but not Kit.

bigwilly

bigwilly - Jul 26, 2007 1:26 am Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2007

Super Sangres  Sucess!

Great climbing on two incredible peaks. Anymore fun and it would be illegal. Spectacular scenery.

smason505

smason505 - Jul 22, 2007 1:31 pm Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2007

2 Summits in 13 hrs  Sucess!

Climbed Challenger and Kit Carson w/ Adam and Prakash from the Willow Lake trailhead in one long day. ~ 12 miles, 6300 vert, 13 hrs total, first people on both summits. Got to the car right as a huge rainstorm rolled in.

HokieJim

HokieJim - Jul 17, 2007 1:56 am Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007

Epic Hail Storm...  Sucess!

With ktiffany22: heinous hail storm on the hike out from Willow Lake, just glad we weren't in that higher on the mountain!

ktiffany22

ktiffany22 - Jul 10, 2007 2:10 am Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007

A day of ups and downs  Sucess!

An amazingly beautiful and exciting hike to the summit of Kit Carson and Challenger Point, followed by an extremely tiring descent down loose "garbage" on Challenger's steep slope and slippery trail below. Decided to pack out early, and paid the price... 2 hrs 15 minutes of rain, 30 minutes of which was dime to nickel sized hail... ouch, cold, wet, lucky. That sums it up. Happy 7/7/7!

markhyams

markhyams - Jun 12, 2007 12:45 pm Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2007

N Ridge of Challenger  Sucess!

Climbed the North Ridge variation to the North Slopes route. We stayed all the way to the right of the north face, and then traversed the north ridge to the summit, encountering some fourth class terrain en route.

mountainloverCO

mountainloverCO - May 25, 2007 1:33 pm Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2006

Only Challenger  Sucess!

Beautiful approach to Willow Lake. After reaching Willow Lake, the hike became much stiffer and steeper as we had to slog up loose talus/scree on the North slopes of Challenger. Only summited Challenger due to building clouds in the Sangre region. Kit Carson will have to wait for another day.

boisedoc

boisedoc - Dec 17, 2006 4:48 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 1989

Tough  Sucess!

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.

Mots010

Mots010 - Dec 10, 2006 12:24 am Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2006

Challenger  Sucess!

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!

flamethewolf

flamethewolf - Oct 22, 2006 3:53 am Date Climbed: May 17, 2006

Number 3  Sucess!

Scary climb in snow

CO PUMA

CO PUMA - Sep 9, 2006 9:32 pm Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2006

Willow Lake TH  Sucess!

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.

whatisis

whatisis - Sep 5, 2006 4:33 pm Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2006

Standard Route  Sucess!

My wife and I's first anniversary. Took ALL day (wondered on to wrong route) but made it. What a great day!!

Kiefer

Kiefer - Sep 2, 2006 4:22 pm Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2006

via Challenger Point  Sucess!

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.

CODave

CODave - Aug 12, 2006 5:23 am Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2006

From Willow Lake  Sucess!

Both Challenger & Kit Carson... Willow Lake is amazing

seth@LOKI

seth@LOKI - Jul 26, 2006 7:22 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 1994

17 mile day with Humbolt  Sucess!

whew, not sure I can do that anymore...

jfrishmanIII

jfrishmanIII - Jun 30, 2006 7:49 pm Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2006

Standard Route

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!

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