Columbia Point (Kat Carson) Climber's Log

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Gahugafuga - Aug 14, 2008 1:50 pm Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2008

From S. Colony  Sucess!

A fun scramble. Bear further left toward the steeper part of the face for more interesting climbing. I thought the scramble from Pt 13290 to Bears Playground is a bit harder than advertised. Headed back over Kitty Kat Carson on my way toward Obstruction Peak.


miztflip - Jun 18, 2008 9:42 pm Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2008

From Kit Carson  Sucess!

Climbed the N Ridge of Kit Carson and then on to Columbia and Challenger. Columbia is alot easier than it looks from Kit. It suprised me that I was the first to sign the log since November of last year.


boisedoc - Jun 4, 2008 3:23 am Date Climbed: Jul 4, 1989

this is a separate mountain?  Sucess!

dont think I knew this was a separate mountain on my way to Kit Carson and Challenger Point from the Bears Playground. It was a pretty eventful descent as I had an unintentional slide down a couloir from the Bears playground down to South Colony Lakes.


MountainHikerCO - Feb 18, 2008 7:42 pm Date Climbed: Jun 19, 1993

South Colony  Sucess!

This was my first climb of Columbia Point. I knew it as Kat Carson at the time. I approached from South Colony and got 13799 & Kit Carson.

Woodie Hopper

Woodie Hopper - Sep 3, 2007 8:44 am Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2007

South Colony Lakes  Sucess!

Climbed to and from Kit Carson. It looks a little intimidating while descending Kit Carson. Reached "Kitty Kat Carson" between point 13,799 and Kat Carson on the way up.


climbcolorado - Aug 18, 2007 9:54 am Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2001

Route Climbed: South Colony Lakes  Sucess!

I climbed with Kit Carson and Challanger Point from the upper Colony Lake. It was a long but nice hike with a exciting down climb from Kat Carson!


shanahan96 - Aug 12, 2007 1:42 am Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2007

all shuttles day  Sucess!

3/18/17- took advantage of great conditions in the sangres to knock the avalanche prone columbia point off my winter list. snow conditions in kit carson's south couloir were optimal for march, and that part went smoothly. the west ledges of columbia point held a fair bit of snow with some icy sections which kept me on high alert the entire time. very rewarding climb! 70/100 in winter

7/29/07- climbed columbia point after the two fourteeners west of it. columbia seems to hold an omnious presence from kit carson and it actually had me a tad worried.

the class four climb at the bottom was wet and unnerving. after 30-40' vertical, everything was fine as the mountain stayed at class three without any spooky sections. looking down the outward bound couloir was cool; that couloir definitely jumped it's way up my list quickly!



chicagotransplant - Jul 30, 2007 9:37 am Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2007

Kit Carson Sub Peak Day  Sucess!

Sort of a weird combination, climbed all of Kit Carson's subpeaks but not Kit Carson. Challenger Point, "The Prow", Columbia Point and "Kitty Kat Carson".

For the ascent I dropped below the Kit Carson Avenue for 100'+ to a lower ledge that traversed around a tower. From above the ledge is pretty obvious. I then turned around the corner and ascended a steep 3rd Class gully to a notch that looked into the OB couloir. From here I followed the ledge system as it worked its way up to the summit.

Actually climbed this one a second time a little later; as I was coming out of the ascent gully shanahan96 was heading over from Kit so I went back up with him.

Timothy Pearl

Timothy Pearl - May 2, 2007 12:35 am Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2007

Sublime Sweetness  Sucess!

Summit with Jim C. from South Colony, had a great day, battled plenty of rotten snow. We saw a wicked 2000 ft. point-release avalanche on the E Face that crossed our ascent path 90 min. after we were there. Whew!


doumall - Aug 28, 2006 11:31 pm Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2006

Good Addition to Kit  Sucess!

Scampered over to Columbia Point after N. Ridge of Kit. Down kit avenue and over Challenger. With Adams the previous night, this was a great tour of the area.


seth@LOKI - Jul 26, 2006 8:35 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 1994

cool one. My first 13er.  Sucess!

We enjoyed this summit. long haul from Humbolt to Kit Karson.

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Jun 10, 2006 11:28 pm Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2006

From Kit Carson  Sucess!

From Challenger Point & Kit Carson. En route to "Obstruction Peak". 10.5 hours from Willow Creek TH.

Brad Snider

Brad Snider - May 21, 2006 11:25 pm Date Climbed: May 20, 2006

Triple Crown!  Sucess!

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!


markhyams - Mar 5, 2006 6:58 pm Date Climbed: Aug 20, 1999

to and from Kit Carson  Sucess!

The class 3 downclimb to Kit Carson is sure tricky.


bc44caesar - Aug 15, 2005 1:05 am

Route Climbed: Traverse from Kit Carson Date Climbed: 14 Aug 2005  Sucess!

After summitting Kit Carson I found my way up Columbia Pt in thick clouds. I thought I was on the wrong track for sure, but ended up picking the right way! Went over to Kitty Kat Carson as well, but didn't get a chance to take any pictures thanks to the clouds.

alpine master

alpine master - Jul 24, 2005 5:35 pm

Route Climbed: South Colony Lake Date Climbed: July 21st 2005  Sucess!

Climbed on the way to Kit Carson.


ColoradoScott - Feb 7, 2005 1:33 pm

Route Climbed: East Face Date Climbed: August 11, 1985  Sucess!

Long before the shuttle disaster, and before I heard the mention of "Kat Carson" I knew the recognized status of this summit (from Garratt and Martin's fine book) and made sure to tag it on the way over to Kit Carson.


DaveC - May 20, 2004 9:20 pm

Route Climbed: east ridge Date Climbed: july 00  Sucess!

actually the harder portion of kit is going over kat and back. kicked my butt, passed out in the tent in s. colony afterwards, feet sticking out into a hail storm. great 3rd/4th class route from bear's playground.


sbkelley - May 13, 2004 1:22 am

Route Climbed: traverse from Kit Carson Date Climbed: September 2001  Sucess!

It was called Kat Carson when I climbed it, and the exposure on the way back to Kit Carson Peak after climbing up this one was pretty good...the part that wasn't good was the lightning flying around in the area!

Well done in re-naming the summit.


big_g - Aug 8, 2003 1:52 am Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2003

Route Climbed: East Ridge  Sucess!

It sure looks imposing from the Bears Playground. I tagged Point 13799 on the way and got some more pictures. Great angle.

One of the first to sign the new summit log.

The traverse over to Kit was gnarly looking! One look at it and I headed back to the guidebook to reread the section to see if I had overlooked anything. Nope. Just strap on a pair and go.

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