My second time up the arete but the first was about 6 years ago and we had a hard time finding the start of the roped pitches. We finally got on route only to discover that we only climbed two pitches and had accidently free-soloed the first pitch. Good weather, outstanding climb. Major props to the crew who was building a trail on broken hand pass, they're doing a great job.
Climbed the south face, and it felt great to reach the summit after my previous failure, this has to be my favorite 14er. It was cool to meet cftbq, my first summitpost encouncter. The weather was wierd, it was foggy pretty much the whole way, but there was no rain. Great Climb!!!
My first truly "technical" 14er, and #27 overall. Climbed with daughter Trish; also a first for her. Intermittent fog but no rain or t-storms; beautiful sunshine otherwise. A dynamite summit.
kicks ass! the bottom of the direct (open book) start is fairly runout fyi; i led one 5.4 pitch w/1 placement before an anchor after whymping out on the first (very runout) pitch. also led my first 5.7 pitch; dry heaved because of it; off route somewhere below the main ledge. WOO HOO!
Soo close! The thunderboomers are what turned us around. We could have pushed the envelope, but did not want to downclimb in the rain.
One of the windiest days I have ever climbed in. The wind prevented us from doing the traverse.
first time doing the crestone traverse. wasn't as tough or exposed as expected, but still a nice day...........it's the crestones, what'd you expect?
From Humboldt Peak, Point 13290, East Crestone and Crestone Peak. Trip Report
Great climb, though storms roll in incredibly fast!
A REAL CLASSIC CLIMB! MOST ENJOYABLE STURDY ROCK. CLIMB THIS ONE AND YOU CAN CLIMB THEM ALL (FOURTEENERS THAT IS!).
Fantastic route. We only roped up for the top two pitches, and had a great day.
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.