Ellingwood route is good if you do most of it unroped. traverse to peak is mostly not on the ceast, mostly 2nd class, and not interesting except for the initial descent. notes on all 4 classic traverses here: http://zoomloco.xanga.com/732717261/purple-mountain-majesties/
solo journey starting from the unusual town of crestone
my 4th 14er
big horn sheep, marmots and pikas galore
the Blood of Christ wilderness is very, very special
Some solos in the Sangres for Independence Day: Crestone Needle via Southface, followed by Broken Hand Peak via North ridge/West slopes, followed by Humboldt Peak via typical West ridge in one long day. Drove over from Rye and left the truck at the South Colony Lakes trailhead around 4:30 am, first one on the Needle summit at 8:00 am sharp, Broken Hand summit at 10:15 am, rested at upper South Colony Lake for lunch hour (beautiful trout visible in the rapids), Humboldt Peak summit around 3:30 pm, back at the truck at 6:00 pm and back in Rye in time for dinner. Beautiful day, great rock, but felt like I had been run over by a train the next morning. Highly recommend.
One of the best.
this weekend, and lots of fun
Got up early to climb this one from the trailhead in one push. Saw some incredible meteor action before the sun came up. Fun climb indeed!
Crestone Needle, Peak, and Humbolt
Great trip up the fun & exposed Ellingwood Arete route
We took our time route-finding on a sunny day and completed the traverse in 3 hours with no problems. Trip reports and route descriptions are invaluable. Amazing traverse!
We headed to S. Colony Lakes to attempt the Ellingwood Arete, but the weather did not look promising, so we opted for the standard route, instead. Honestly, as fantastic as the Arete would have been, I have zero regrets. This standard route was (mostly) solid and fun. The worst part, in my mind, was that dreadful ascent of Broken Hand Pass, especially since the monsoons caused the massive rockfall. Dynamite day, fantastic peak.
I climbed the Needle with my hiking buddy, Sandy. The original goal was Crestone Peak, but I neglected to bring my Roach 14ers book with me, so we wandered around looking for the route to the Peak before giving up on that and going up the Needle instead. We were not disappointed. It was good to get in some class 3 scrambling. The views were great, and though the weather was pretty lousy the previous days, it was fine when we were up there. Unfortunately, we learned later that a couple from Texas died in a fall from the Needle a few days prior. Custer County SAR sent in helicopters to Upper Colony Lake to recover the bodies, just as we were breaking camp at Lower Colony Lake after the climb.
We had planned on doing the traverse (Needle to Peak). We had brought rope and basic rock gear, but we got a little later of a start then we had planned (left South Colony at 6). I had picked up a bug from a few days ago and it got worse on the ascent. That and the weather forced us opt out on the traverse. The Needle was an amazing summit! The approach was incredible! 14er number 18!
This is a great route. I don't remember exactly when I climbed Crestone Needle, but it was around 1997.
I love the Sangres!
I'm interested in your "Epic." What happened? Thanks.
Climbed during guides training in 1999. Has always been one of my most favorite CO 14ers.
Climbed up the east gully towards the summit via the dihedral. Great ramp exiting the east gully near the summit! Back down the west gully w/traverse to east gully. That rock is a lot of fun!
So good. Thrilling.yhnnh
"yhnnh" was typed by my cat. She likes to say her piece sometimes.
We did the direct start to the arete. Turned into an epic.