This was my last 14er summit. I yelled loud, but no one was around to hear.
Did the Ellingwood Arete route that day. Fun, although my partner got a wicked altitude headache on the way down.
I came back a few years ago and did the Ellingwood Arete. It deserves it's "Classic" status.
Second time up, climbed it so a buddy of mine who had climbed the peak would climb it with me! A really fun climb to a beautiful summit!
One of two of my scariest summits of any Colorado mtn. I spent 2-5 minutes on top. It took me roughly 2.5 hours from Broken hand saddle to reach the top and an hour flat to get back down to the saddle. It absolutely dumped (hard) that afternoon and lightning and thunder. A VERY bad day but I still summited against better judgement.
Watch out for rock fall on ascent of Brokenhand Pass. I go nailed by a climber above me. This route is Class 3 at best. Good rock holds and pretty easy route finding the whole way. Took 3 hrs, roundtrip from S. Colony Lakes, 3.75 hrs. from the car parked at 11,000'.
From journal on COBS course in Sangre DiCristos
Climbed Crestone Needle today, 14197. Good steep climb about 2 hrs each way. also did a moonlight rappel about 70 ft. Think Ill stick to going up!!!
Soloed the route. Not as hard as I thought it was going to be. Pretty good exposure and a big psycological climb for the soloist. But on great rock the whole time. Some people have a problem with the descent. I thought it was pretty straight forward.
Solo save for the head crack, with Andrew... 6:30 car to car
Had the whole ridge / valley to myself on a Thursday! Soloed the standard South Couloir route in windy, sunny, dry conditions! AWESOME!
2nd Needle summit. this one wasn't on the schedule but i was presented with the opportuniy of canceling my own plans to help two people who didn't believe they could do this mountain have the climbing experience of their lives. oh yeah, it's still my favorite mountain!
Fun! Loved the sustained scrambling.
With Paul and Paul.
Awesome Climb! The summit was rather foggy.
Wow, what a rugged set of mtns. in that area. Needle was surprising. There is a lot of trail maintenance going on up there right now, so the main trail can be confusing at times. Well at least that was our excuse for going the wrong way. We were following the trail from south lakes, then once on the saddle we totally over shot the trail. We ended up in some very vertical / technical / wet sections the rest of the way to the summit. We figured class three scrambling shouldn't be too bad, but what we ended up in was definatley not class 3, let alone a trail or route. It took us 6 to 7 hours just to make the summit, but I was just thankful to have made it in one piece. Doulbe check your route most of the way up, there were rock cairns everywhere, and it was very hard to make out which one was the right one. Some of the cairns were in places where if you went to them you couldn't turn back unless your a damn good "down climber" with no rope. Damn, what a mountain.
Even better than the Peak! 49th 14er!
Spectacular!!! Summiting Crestone Needle is an accomplishment by any route.
absolutely the greatest climb i've ever done! the couloir completely rocks and the 900-foot vertical climb of the congolmerate was a thrill.............there's no reason whatsoever to switch couloirs.
climb this route!
Summitted with bc44caesar. Awesome traverse, especially from the Black Gendarme and up the crux 4th class wall. Dicey coming down the south couloir from the Needle, especially once the storms hit, but quite a memorable day!
Traversed from the Peak in 2hrs 15min. Had a little route finding trouble below the Black Gendarme. The final climb to the summit was enjoyable, but thunderstorms were nearly upon us. Fortunately the skies didn't open up until we were part ways into the descent during which we got quite a soaking.
Oh, and the 4x4 road to Colony Lakes is way overrated - it isn't that hard for any 4x4 - I have a stock SUV and made it down in like 45min...