Columbia Point (Kat Carson) Climber's Log

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JesseSumrak - Aug 25, 2021 10:18 am Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2021

Obstruction Peak + Columbia Point via South Colony Lakes  Sucess!

Columbia Point was the goal, and it was a worthwhile one. Agree with Gahugafuga—scramble from Pt 13,290 is only straightforward if you know exactly where you're going. It's easy to get cliffed out and struggle around to find your way. The scramble up Columbia Point from Obstruction Peak was super simple though. The face looks a bit intimidating, but it's gently self-made switchbacks all the way up. Never exceeds Class 2/2+ if you follow it right.

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Jun 22, 2020 8:52 am Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2020

nice loop from Willow Lake  Sucess!

Nice loop with repeat of 14ers: Challenger Point, Kit Carson, onto Columbia Point, over Kitty Kat Carson onto Obstruction Peak and dropped to upper Willow Lake.


McCannster - Jun 22, 2020 8:27 am Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2020

after Kit Carson  Sucess!

Tagged on the descent off Kit Carson back into Spanish Creek drainage.


BLong - Aug 2, 2017 11:23 pm Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2017

Traverse from South Colony Lakes  Sucess!

We set out to try and summit Challenger and Kit Carson from the east, but turned around just after Columbia Point during the traverse from South Colony Lakes because of timing and weather.

utclimber - Oct 16, 2016 5:00 pm

3 peaks  Sucess!

Hiked Columbia Point, Kit Carson, and Challenger from South Colony Lakes.


seano - Oct 21, 2014 1:00 pm Date Climbed: Oct 17, 2014

South Colony  Sucess!

From the new, obnoxiously-low trailhead on the South Colony road, via the Bear's Playground. We continued to Kit Carson and Challenger, then returned via a surprisingly-nice scree-ski down the chute next to the Bear's Playground ridge. Trip report.


rockymountaindiva - Jul 26, 2013 4:22 pm Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2011

Many mountains  Sucess!

From S Colony Lakes across Bear's Playground, tagged a few other peaks before and after.


MarkDidier - Oct 24, 2012 8:36 pm Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2012

The First of a Three Peak Day

Well, technically we were not successful. This was our first peak of the day, but we didn't pay attention to details and stopped on the summit of Kitty Kat Carson. Regardless it was an awesome day, scrambling across the ridge traverse from the Humbolt saddle to Bear's Playground, traversing around Obstruction Peak and then climbing up Columbia (well sort of). We bagged Obstruction on the way back and finished with Humbolt. An awesome 14 hour day!


Kiefer - Sep 3, 2012 11:53 am Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2012

From Obstruction Pt.  Sucess!

I was actually impressed with this peak. A really, cool, fun scramble to the summit. The views from atop were fantastic!
Scrambled with a guy named, Rob whom I met up there that day along the traverse from Humboldt to 'Playground'. Super cool dude.


sevenvii - May 28, 2012 9:42 am Date Climbed: May 4, 2012

From Obstruction  Sucess!

Long day from a camp at Colony Lakes, tagging Obstruction along the way. Climbed with Matt.

Matt Lemke

Matt Lemke - May 6, 2012 2:45 pm Date Climbed: May 4, 2012

From Humboldt  Sucess!

Nice traverse from Humboldt on a sunny but windy day


thatnissanguy - Sep 6, 2011 12:26 am Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2011

Long Day  Sucess!

Linked up with The Prow to Kit Carson and Obstruction from Upper South Colony Lake.


strudolyubov - Aug 13, 2011 2:23 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2011

From Kit Carson  Sucess!

Traversed from Kit Carson after ascending the North Ridge route. Nice scrambling, beautiful weather, gorgeous views.

Matt Miller

Matt Miller - Dec 13, 2010 3:20 pm Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2008

Long day from Willow Lake TH  Sucess!

Ted Romero and I tagged Kat Carson after getting Challenger and Kit Carson on the way through Bears Playground over to Humboldt.

C Wenker

C Wenker - Sep 13, 2010 9:58 am Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2010

During traverse  Sucess!

After KC, during traverse back to Bear's Playground.


theREALCarpeDM - Aug 8, 2010 11:16 am Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2009

from S Colony Lakes  Sucess!

A long day from S Colony Lakes. I had given blood a couple of days before - so I didn't make it over to Challenger Pt, but got Kit and Kitty Kat along with Kat/Columbia.

Eric Holle

Eric Holle - Jun 7, 2010 3:07 pm Date Climbed: May 22, 2010

from South Colony  Sucess!

We climbed Kat Carsen from the lakes. Then went on to Obstruction, 13,290 and Humbolt.


mattpayne11 - Jul 28, 2009 1:16 am Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2009

Outward Bound Couloir  Sucess!

I climbed this in conjunction with Kit Carson and Challenger Point. After coming over from Challenger, I hit Kit Carson and then down climbed towards the start of Kit Carson Avenue but instead went left towards Columbia Point. I went up a small gully and through a windowed rock and to the top of the Outward Bound Couloir. From here, I followed cairns to the very first gully that goes straight up the fin in between Kit Carson and Columbia Point. At the top of this fin I realized that I maybe went too high but stuck with the route and did some class 5 down-climbing to the next section of the fin and then up to the top of the fin where it connects to the actual mountain. From there it was relatively simply class 3 stuff similar to Crestone Needle. I was unable to locate the plaque on the summit.


SarahThompson - Jan 7, 2009 11:28 am Date Climbed: May 11, 2008

Outward Bound Couloir  Sucess!

5/11/08 - Climbed via the OB Couloir from camp at Willow Lake. Nice, direct route. The scrambling between the couloir and summit was exposed and snowy so we protected it. Had a close call on the way down when deceiving snow conditions in the couloir led to a slight misjudgement. My axe was ripped from my hand by a hard layer of ice under the soft snow and I thankfully was able to retrieve it (it was tethered) and successfully arrest at high speed. There were rocks below that I would have hit but luckily all I suffered that day was an injured shoulder from having to arrest in the ice at high speed.

2/22/14 - Failed day trip attempt up Spanish Creek. The plan was to climb "Obstruction Peak" and traverse to Colmbia Point from there but we turned around at the saddle because the East Face was loaded and there was no avy safe line.


km_donovan - Oct 30, 2008 9:09 am Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2008

From Obstruction Peak  Sucess!

Really fun day. Went across Bears Playground and over Kitty Kat Carson.

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