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
Kit Carson in January? I must be crazy...
"Standard Route" a little loose, check out my image on the route section for a more solid alternate.
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.
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.
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.
This was a beautiful two day trip with outstanding weather, and I was able to take my nephew on his first 14er!