I will return and try the traverse and/or a different route some day.
This was my third time climbing the Needle. We went the standard route via Broken Hand Pass from South Colony Lakes.
This was my first climb of the Needle. We went the standard route via Broken Hand Pass from South Colony Lakes.
From camp at Cottonwood Creek, climbed the South Face of Crestone Peak, performed the traverse to Crestone Needle, then descended the Needle's South Face back to camp. This was the final of the Four Great Fourteener Traverses for me. I thought that route-finding on this traverse was the most difficult of the four, especially near the Black Gendarme. I stayed on the summit for only 30 seconds due to a nasty storm cloud hovering directly overhead.
Started out as an early morning hike up to Broken Hand Pass for a bite of breakfast at sunrise because the rest of my crew decided not to climb that day. One member of my crew joined me about an hour after the sun came up and we decided to make a summit attempt. We pushed up the East Gully and were off route because the difficulty exceeded the trip reports assessment of it being class 3 & 4. We continued on up for several hundred feet on some loose cobblestone. I pulled off a piece twice during the climb. Quite scary for me. I nearly decided to call it off. After gathering my wits, pushed on to the summit. Was so glad I did. What a wonderful climb. Even though we were off route we both enjoyed it a great deal. The mountain goats made us feel bad by how easy they made the climb look. Fantastic day, elated at the end.
Such a fun route. We ascended the Red Couloir after waiting 3 days for the weather to be favorable. The last part of climbing the Needle was a blast and required some difficult route finding because visibility was down to ~20 feet. An absolutely stellar mountain.
I started before first light so I could complete the traverse to the Needle and be off the mountain by early afternoon. Fortunately I was successful and back in camp before noon, because wicked thunderstorms rolled in and unleased rain and electricity from 12 to 2. I know of at least one climbing party that would've been in the thick of things if they'd stuck to their original schedule. I thought of them all afternoon, but still don't know if they turned around or pressed through the storm.
Favorite mountain to date. The route finding and scrambling were a blast.
Traversed Peak to Needle, lots of fun scrambling on the traverse, especially right below the summit. Descended the standard route, but withouth switching gullies, just stayed in the 'east gully', some nice 4th class in there!
did it from the traverse. wow. seriously... wow.
Beautiful day for an incredible mountain. Loved the class 3 scrambling and climbing. Can't wait to try Crestone Peak next!
Continued on to the top via the east gully.
We had to get up at 0500 to do it, but we managed to summit before the rain storms hit. Nice route. Solid rock and easy class 3 for the most part. Great climb!
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!