Ascended via the Ellingwood's Ledges (standard route). Start time: 5am from the tent at the south lake. Peeked over at the direct start which ascends a right-facing corner- that way is definitly the way to go! Sheep were within 50' of us on the way up. Summitted at 1:30pm. Hit with full-on thunderstorm (lightening, hail, wind) on the descent of the hiking route at around 11,500'. Reached camp at 4pm. Warm sleeping bags were very welcoming! "Classic" + alpine= epic!
The climb was completely dry and one of the best experiences I have ever had.
After summitting Crestone Peak from Cottonwood Lake, Summitridge and I made our way up the Needle from the pass. Great weather, minimal snow, and the downclimbing was a breeze.
Old Ickabod and I enjoyed a great weather day as we bagged both Peak and Needle.
Climbed the South Couloir with Tim and Ben. Such a sick route, amazing climb. Ben and I spent 12 days in the Sangres, and this was the best route we climbed the whole time!
With Eric Holle and Ben. From South Colony via Broken Hand Pass. This is such a gorgeous route up the south of the Needle. There should be mention of this as a spring "couloir" route... I'll post it with a little motivation. Anyone?
2 couples and our dog on the 4th of July up the S Face, then up the Ellingwood the next day with Jeff K for my 32nd B-day!
Very enjoyable scrambling on firm rock make this one of the best 14ers
Rained and snowed the night before hiking to the summit. The nice conglomerate rock was covered in snow and ice forcing us to kick-in foot and toe holds. Warmed up upon descent which made it easier going. Great views of the Sand Dunes from the Summit. Search and rescue was out that day looking for a hiker from St. Louis that had disappeared several days before. Very interesting with all the helicopters around.
I was solo and turned around due to too much exposure and a broken GPS. I'll try again with some method to lower my pack down upon the descent.
Exciting climb with good friends.
This was a great climb. I loved the last class 4 pitch up to summit of the Needle. That rock was so solid and a blast to climb on. Most of our traverse was in super thick fog, so route finding was challenging but we made it over in under 3 hours from Crestone Peak. On our way down we met up with a SAR crew helping two 60 year old guys off a ledge above Cottonwood Lake. They had gotten stuck up there over night. Glad to hear they are ok though.
As my 35th 14er overall, I'd say that the Needle ranks in as 1 of my top 2 favorites! What a fun-filled day of climbing! Had so much fun and finished so early in the day that we went over and hiked Humboldt as well!
The Cottonwood Creek trailhead and the Spanish Creek trailhead both have no trespassing signs up that read "No Public Access to National Forest Land," and "Property of the Crestone Zen Monastery." See trip report.
woke up b4 dawn made way up strong climbers trail by way of headlamp caught sunrise at broken hand pass. first to summit that day. met a nice lady at the summit. went home
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!