Climbed with Sarp and Paul, starting from trailhead at 9.30 am. Reached Challenger Point at 16.30 and turned around due to exhaustion...Paul and Sarp went on to climb Kit Carson...Paul returned at 1.10 am after getting lost in the dark around Willow Lake.
Descended Kit-Kat (Columbia Pt. Coulior East into upper Willow Basin. What is this East facing coulior called? CMC? (I loaned out my Dawson book...This steepish descent would have been better with crampons, or skis.
A great weekend. Spent a full weekend at Willow Lake with no rain!! North Ridge is one of my favorite routes thus far.
Went up challenger point in a fast run up from willow lake. The avenue look sketchy without an axe so I went back down doing the 1800' glissade in the snow gully. Sweet....
I made it up to the lake and beyond a bit (about 12,000') but decided to back off as I was solo and there's lots of snow up there right now. Snow was wasit deep in places around the lake. I climbed a smaller peak with southern exposure instead.
This was my second climb of both Kit Carson and Challenger. We approached from Willow Creek trailhead
This was my first climb of Challenger. I approached from Willow Creek Trailhead. I did not get Kit Carson this trip but I did hike down to the saddle to reconnoiter the route for next time.
This was my first climb of Kit Carson. I approached from South Colony Lakes and got point 13799 and Kat Carson 13890 (now called Columbia). I did not get Challenger on this trip.
Third attempt on this mountain - finally made it. Weather looked threatening but held off until we were way off the mountain. What a great route on a great mountain - we climbed up the west couloir which was very solid and enjoyable climbing. Didn't get to enjoy the summit very long as the clouds were circling around us!
did this with challenger and humbolt from s. colony lakes. amazing rock and amazing views.
A long day from South Colony Lakes. Climbed with Kent from Grand Junction who I met at the Bear's Playground.
Climbed this peak and then did the traverse climb to Kit Carson. The "Avenue" was alot of fun and made for an interesting route. Climbed w/Mark,Dave&Debbie! Saw Bighorn Sheep near lake on descent..
Climbed the two 14ers with Kris from Willow Creek. Great day and hike. It was great to get back to the Sangre de Cristo Range after spending two weeks there in April-May. Great views all around. Napped by the lake on the way out.
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.
Absolutely beautiful area to climb and hike in. I love the Sangres, especially Willow Lake. Alan, you can bring the salmon next time!
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.
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.
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.
Great climbing on two incredible peaks. Anymore fun and it would be illegal. Spectacular scenery.
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.