Crestone Needle Climber's Log

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Woodie Hopper

Woodie Hopper - Sep 20, 2015 12:32 am Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2015

From Crestone Peak (traverse)  Sucess!

The traverse was sensational as billed. The most painful part was the descent to South Colony Lake via Broken Hand Pass. Solo to the summit. 1:35 from the start of the traverse


ozarkmac - Sep 12, 2015 1:35 am Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2015

South Face - sweet scramble  Sucess!

Great fun.


Hyadventure - Sep 11, 2015 5:43 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2015

Standard Route  Sucess!

Attempted the traverse but my partner was too slow. Bailed at the low point of the traverse.


BradBartick - Jul 23, 2015 10:20 pm Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2015

Solo- almost  Sucess!

Standard route. Fun. Was almost entirely alone until just before the traverse, when I passed two guys. Besides them, and an old climber that looked like Gandalf, I saw no one else. Totally clear day until noon, then only scattered cumulus clouds with no T-storms.


MadGrad96 - Nov 1, 2013 7:52 am

Crestone Needle  Sucess!

Love these peaks!

Senad Rizvanovic

Senad Rizvanovic - Sep 3, 2013 8:36 am Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2013

Great mountain!  Sucess!

Crestone Needle is great mountain, climbing this peak was easier than i anticipaded.


Kiefer - Aug 21, 2013 5:43 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2013

4th class alternative  Sucess!

Part of a 9 person team that climbed the Needle for Terry Matthews. We spread his ashes atop the summit.
Great day, all things considering with stellar weather and great company.


rockymountaindiva - Jul 26, 2013 3:31 pm Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2011

Solid rock  Sucess!

Standard route from lovely campsite below S Colony Lakes, some of the most stable rock for scrambling on a 14er.


rockymountaindiva - Jul 26, 2013 3:31 pm Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2011

Solid rock  Sucess!

Standard route from lovely campsite below S Colony Lakes, some of the most stable rock for scrambling on a 14er.


astroclimber - Jul 6, 2013 9:23 pm Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2012

Ellingwood  Sucess!

Ellingwood arete with Jeremiah.

Matt Lemke

Matt Lemke - Jun 12, 2013 7:59 pm Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2013

Ellingwood Arete  Sucess!

What a great route! TR below


jainman09 - Feb 25, 2013 3:26 am Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2006

Ellingwood Arete  Sucess!

After a grueling three hour hike from the lower trailhead with enough gear for an expedition (my buddy didn't have 4wd!), we made it to camp exhausted and spent the next two days waiting out rainstorms. Having not actually seen the peak yet, we woke up on the third day to a beautiful crystal clear sky. Beautiful, trouble-free climb. We made it back to the saddle and got caught in a hailstorm with plenty of thunder and the worst, lightning! We hunkered down for about 45 minutes and the storm passed. The rainbows it left at sunset on our descent were absolute bliss.


Fletch - Dec 28, 2012 4:38 pm Date Climbed: Mar 5, 2012

Nice day out  Sucess!

didn't have enough for the traverse. went back to camp and wimped out...


TiogaBradford - Nov 25, 2012 6:39 pm Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2012

Demanding   Sucess!

One of the more demanding mountains I've climbed. I enjoyed it, but it took everything I had. It did not help that I got almost no sleep the previous night...I slept in an ENO at the parking lot at the trailhead, and absolutely froze. BAD idea.

Garon Coriz

Garon Coriz - Oct 4, 2012 11:44 am Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2012

Ledges No, Standard Yes  Sucess!

Topped out with Dorca and Bianka. Michelle and Sean made it to the south shoulder after braving the crux out of the east gully. The weather was perfect. Unfortunately, Dorca hurt her knee near the Eye of the Needle on the way down which required a lot more time for the descent than expected. Everyone enjoyed themselves, however, including Dorca.


Diggler - Sep 29, 2012 8:43 pm Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2012

Dream climb- finally!  Sucess!

with Faith. Left camp @ 5.12. @ base of 3rd-cl. access ramps @ 6.00. Slabby nature of climb, combined w/ the omnipresent ledges/belays make Ellingwood Ledges a more suitable name than ArĂȘte. Exposure @ ~13,200' made F want to rope up, so had 3 or 4 belayed lower Ps before steep crux Ps above. 2nd- & 3rd-to-last Ps long, sustained, w/ great rock & A LOT of fun!! Last P blockier- 4th - easy 5th. While climbing not technically sustained, fluid movement of it, sheer enjoyment & even easier terrain, commanding position (not to mention the history) make it a classic!

Summited @ 12.18, off by 13.23. Blessed w/ good weather! Descent a bit tricky but uneventful. Quite unfortunate F called my idea for celebrating finishing last peak outside of Eolus group "retarded..." Had really looked forward to celebrating tonight :(

Back @ camp @ 16.22. Took off ~15 min. later to get requisite elevation for the day- hiked down to former 4WD trail/parking. Arrived @ 16.51, immediately turned around. Back @ camp @ 17.12. 12-hr day!! Great day (at least until got back to camp...)


skorpeo - Sep 7, 2012 11:33 pm Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2012

Awesome  Sucess!

I was about 8 hours ahead of Homie on the summit with Kartig and Rob (TheOtherIndian and Waggs). Great day.


theuglybear - Aug 29, 2012 9:44 pm Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2012

South Face  Sucess!

Had incredible weather. Warm, calm, and clear. Hung out alone on the summit for over an hour. Some of the most awesome views I've ever experienced. Just unbelievable. Had a blast on the route, as well, but it was easier than I expected.

Ken Dammen

Ken Dammen - Aug 15, 2012 9:19 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2012

South Face  Sucess!

Climbed the standard route with my climbing buddy Dustin. This was a fun long climb. Route finding was challenging. Rock was solid and provided ample great holds. Weather held for us and summited. One of my new favorites!

I like it on top

I like it on top - Jul 24, 2012 1:15 am Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2012

Peak to Needle Traverse  Sucess!

Did the traverse from the Peak, great class 4 pitch, very solid rock. Great day.

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