Crestone Needle Climber's Log

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Eric Holle

Eric Holle - May 9, 2007 11:40 pm Date Climbed: Apr 30, 2007

South Couloir  Sucess!

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!

Timothy Pearl

Timothy Pearl - May 2, 2007 1:15 am Date Climbed: Apr 30, 2007

South  Sucess!

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?


Flex - Jan 21, 2007 10:37 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2006

S Face & Ellingwood Ledges Jul/06  Sucess!

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!


boisedoc - Dec 17, 2006 4:39 pm Date Climbed: Aug 18, 1991

Great one  Sucess!

Very enjoyable scrambling on firm rock make this one of the best 14ers


BalletBoy - Nov 11, 2006 7:55 pm Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2006

My Favorite 14'er  Sucess!

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.


Outdoorpartner - Oct 5, 2006 5:33 am Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2006

Too much exposure

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.


tjchino - Sep 11, 2006 7:57 pm Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2005

South Face  Sucess!

Exciting climb with good friends.


CO PUMA - Sep 9, 2006 9:15 pm Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2006

Peak to Needle Traverse  Sucess!

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.


ktiffany22 - Sep 3, 2006 6:01 am Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2006

A long fun day  Sucess!

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!

mmitten - Aug 20, 2006 2:26 am Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2006

Cottonwood / Spanish Creek access restriction!!

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.


rasgoat - Aug 6, 2006 10:10 pm

luv scrambling?  Sucess!

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


jratk - Jul 31, 2006 6:56 am Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2006

Ellingwood arete  Sucess!

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.

James C

James C - Jul 30, 2006 9:32 pm Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2006

Favorite 14er  Sucess!

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!!!


cftbq - Jul 30, 2006 6:22 pm Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2006

Standard South Face route  Sucess!

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.


seth@LOKI - Jul 26, 2006 7:18 pm Date Climbed: Jul 17, 1994

One of the faves. solid  Sucess!

love it


climbhighnow - Jul 17, 2006 9:05 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2006

Ellingwood Arete  Sucess!

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!

James C

James C - Jul 16, 2006 10:13 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2006

200 Feet From Victory

Soo close! The thunderboomers are what turned us around. We could have pushed the envelope, but did not want to downclimb in the rain.


pjenson05 - Jul 11, 2006 5:16 pm Date Climbed: May 28, 2006

60-70 MPH Wind  Sucess!

One of the windiest days I have ever climbed in. The wind prevented us from doing the traverse.


shanahan96 - Jun 30, 2006 11:00 pm Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2006

needle III; peak-to-needle traverse  Sucess!

first time doing the crestone traverse. wasn't as tough or exposed as expected, but still a nice's the crestones, what'd you expect?


Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Jun 19, 2006 7:03 pm Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2006

Peak-to-Needle Traverse  Sucess!

From Humboldt Peak, Point 13290, East Crestone and Crestone Peak. Trip Report

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