Challenger Point Climber's Log

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Montana Matt

Montana Matt - Dec 11, 2010 1:02 pm Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2008

Long day from Willow Lake TH  Sucess!

Started at Willow Lake TH in the morning with Ted Romero. Got Kit Carson, Challenger and then went over Kat Carson on the way to Humbolt. A storm rolled in and we bailed down Spanish Creek drainage. Long, long day.

C Wenker

C Wenker - Sep 13, 2010 10:01 am Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2010

From SColony  Sucess!

Climbed KC Prow, tagged Challenger, then back to finish KC direct from top of Prow.

Foxy Long Bottoms

Foxy Long Bottoms - Sep 7, 2010 4:01 pm Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2010

The Prow

Stuck rope and penji. Nasty fall at the crux. Landed on the ledge on my back. I thought the rope snapped over one of those sharp edges. I was the 2nd too. Day was pretty much over after that. What a disappointment. Painful and gorgeous hike out tho.


Kiefer - Sep 4, 2010 3:58 pm Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2010

Via Willow Lake  Sucess!

A single day outing with Castricone7 (Pete). Had impecable weather and ran into several groups of people. A long day but definately a good, solid one.
Fall is definitely coming soon!

Pete Castricone

Pete Castricone - Sep 4, 2010 2:52 pm Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2010

Standard Route  Sucess!

One day with Kiefer. Great weather.


davebobk47 - Aug 25, 2010 11:38 am Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2010

via Willow Lake  Sucess!

Camped above Willow Lake. Hit Challenger then took the Ave up to Kit Carson. Good weather, physically tough.


theREALCarpeDM - Aug 7, 2010 1:16 am Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2010

Finally met the Challenge  Sucess!

Got Challenger from the Willow Lake side. The dog's 30th 14er - my 50th.


metal4lyf - Jul 27, 2010 10:32 pm Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2010

north ridge  Sucess!

this is an incredibly fun route offering solid class-4 rock and plenty of exposure. Crossed the avenue to Challenger and descended the standard route


belexes - Jul 25, 2010 5:59 pm Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2010

Willow Lake  Sucess! trip. We backpacked in from below Willow Creek Trailhead and camped at Willow Lake on Jul 23. The mosquitoes were voracious. We left camp the next morning a little after 5AM, climbed up the talus slope to Challenger Point, arrived there around 8AM. Our leader did not want to bring his dogs up Kit Carson, so he headed down to camp. We continued on to the saddle, then followed Kit Carson Avenue to the gully that took us to the top. We hung out for a little while (it was windy, and there was a lot cloud cover, so there wasn't much to see) then returned to camp the way we came. One of the hikers had trouble with leg cramps, so it took him a lot longer to get back to camp. We spent one more night at Willow Lake, then hiked back down and returned to Denver on July 25. This was my first time in the Sangres.

Alex Wood

Alex Wood - Jul 9, 2010 9:35 pm Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2010

Twofer  Sucess!

Had planned on hiking up to Willow Lake the night before, but we ran out of time. We had read a trip report on 14'ers saying that there was lots of mosquitos, and they were definitely right. Right out of the car at the trailhead, we got attacked by HUNDREDS! We slept at the trailhead and started at 4:45am the next morning. We made it up to Willow Lake by 7:20am with no mosquitos! Got up to Challenger Pt at 11:00am. Got to Kit Carson at 12:15pm. Got back down to Willow Lake around 2:45pm and then got back to the cars at 5pm. Long day, but the views were out of this world. Willow Lake is amazing! Love the area, but the mosquitos sucked on the way back. 14'er number 16 and 17


theREALCarpeDM - Apr 8, 2010 6:17 pm Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2009

S Colony Lakes approach  Sucess!

Missed out on Challenger Pt on this day since I had given blood a couple of days prior.


shknbke - Jan 20, 2010 4:25 pm Date Climbed: Jan 17, 2010

South face winter ascent  Sucess!

Climbed the south face in winter from our camp at treeline in the Spanish Creek drainage. We tried to traverse across the avenue to Challenger, but it would have taken too long to belay everyone across safely with the amount of time we had left. Amazing scenery in Spanish Creek, but the deadfall is annoying!


bryangast - Jan 7, 2010 10:27 pm Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2000

Foggy day  Sucess!

Fog on the summit. Did challenger point as well but it's not really a peak.


seano - Sep 7, 2009 9:32 am Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2009

North ridge from Crestone  Sucess!

Long approach, but nice route! Great views of the Crestones with a fresh dusting of snow.


pyerger - Aug 25, 2009 1:29 pm Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2009

north ridge  Sucess!

awesome climb! one of the best in colorado


strudolyubov - Aug 8, 2009 11:14 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2009

Kit Carson/Challenger combo via Willow Creek  Sucess!

Climbed Challenger point (second summit since 2002) together with Kit Carson starting from Willow Creek TH at 4:30am. After climbing Kit Carson, returned over Challenger and was back at the car at 2:45pm. A great day in Sangres!

08/12/2011: Climbed Kit Carson Peak via North Ridge route. Traversed to Columbia Point and returned over Challenger summit. 11 hours car-to-car. Fun scrambling, nice weather, great views!


myrone - Jul 30, 2009 11:56 am Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2009

Kit Carson via Upper S. Colony Lakes TH  Sucess!

4th attempt at this peak...started up at 4:50AM and reached summit at 10:52AM via Columbia Pk.("Kat Carson") Then back over Columbia on return route...made for a long day but met some good people and the weather was OK until the rain & hail the last mile back to TH. Finally succeeded;my 44th 14'er.........sweet!!


mattpayne11 - Jul 28, 2009 1:21 am Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2009

Standard Route  Sucess!

Backpacked to Willow Lake and climbied via Challenger Point.


Tahawus - Jul 24, 2009 6:38 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2009

Kit Carson Peak - Challenger Point  Sucess!

Climbed via the Willow Lake Approach from Crestone. A wonderful introduction to both the Sangre de Cristos and the Rocky Mountains. The long, steep scramble up Challenger Point's North slopes was exhausting but the view was well worth it. The traverse over to Kit Carson was equally exciting and the solitude quite unexpected.


Bkoziol3 - Jul 14, 2009 8:37 pm Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2009

Challenger Point  Sucess!

First 14er and first glissade coming down standard route of Challenger Point. Started out from Willow Lake at 4:30AM on a picture perfect day. Not too much snow left on the Avenue to KC according to my friends who went over while I relaxed on Challenger. The view of the Valley really makes you feel up there. Cannot wait to get back to Colorado to do my next 14er!

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