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!
Quite a long but rewarding climb of these two! We backpacked in late and started early the next day. I would recommend doing an alpine start dayhike for these as it is pretty steep to Willow Lake with a heavy pack. Some of the best scenery I have seen in CO at Willow Lake. The gully to Challenger's n.w. ridge is looser than I thought it would be and is not fun coming down!
The fog was so heavy, the visibility was maybe 100 feet.
Hard to believe but a very relaxing climb / hike compared to the Needle the day before. Quite a few people on Kit, majority from the Challenger point side of the mtn. Great views the whole way to the summit , very slick and wet majority of the way. Same problem here as with Needle, rock cairns everywhere, hard to follow the right ones when you have 2 or 4 to choose from at one time, but we dble. checked our route quite a bit the whole way the the summit. Didn't have enough time or good weather to make it over to Challenger, but I will definately be back to this area.
Although I did not summit Kit Carson, I did reach the summit of Challenger. Had I had another 3 hours I would have summited Kit Carson. It took me 6 hours to climb Challenger from just below Willow lake.
The lower parts of the ridge were pretty wet from a thunderstorm the previous day which made things a little treacherous, but the upper parts were fantastic! Solid rock, lots of good holds, and an excellent position! Highly recommended route! Traversed over to Columbia Point, got lost in the clouds and summitted Kit Carson again, and then got my bearings right and returned to Willow Lake over Challenger Point.
Heavy Fog on the way up. Reached summit at 0930. Was slick on the way down. Nice Hike.
This was a long haul from South Colony lakes. Didn't do Challenger.
Great day to bag two in one day. Had to assist a fallen climber, all OK.
Climbed with brother (ahansen54, see below). Late start but snow was good in the couloir. It was easy to sidestep the small cornice at the top. Summitted Kit Carson and headed over to Challenger Pt. via Kit Carson Avenue. Still a few patches of snow on the avenue. Storms held off as we hiked the west ridge back down to Willow Lake. I enjoyed the ascent much more than surfing down all the scree on the main route. Pretty area, but a little crowded due to the fact it was the 4th of July weekend.
28th and 29th 14ers!
Climbed with jhansen007 via the Outward Bound Couloir (tops out at the saddle between Kat Carson and Kit Carson) and then continued up the last portion of the standard route. Descended via the West Ridge and hit Challenger Point on the way out. Great weather despite getting a late start.
Hiked in to Colony Lakes in the morning and continued on to Kit Carson. I didn't know it was going to be such a long route, but it was so fun. I decided to climb Humboldt on the way back to complete the day.
Interesting solo trip. Two summits at once and the closest that I've ever come to getting dead from a dumbass mistake. Nevertheless, an awesome hike and beautiful scenery. This is why I go to the mountains. My trip report will follow.
As I grew up in nearby Saguache, this is one of my favorite peaks to climb. I have summited three or four times, but I try not to keep count. The Kirk Couloir route is a classic--preferably climbed at sunrise wth a pair of skis on the pack.