Crestone Needle Climber's Log

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Natasha - Aug 27, 2007 11:28 pm Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2007

Standard Route  Sucess!

Beautiful day for an incredible mountain. Loved the class 3 scrambling and climbing. Can't wait to try Crestone Peak next!


matt81 - Aug 26, 2007 5:44 pm Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007

South Face  Sucess!

Continued on to the top via the east gully.


lizrdboy - Aug 2, 2007 9:19 pm Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2007

South Face Route  Sucess!

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!


ledavis23 - Jul 20, 2007 12:25 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2007

Epic!  Sucess!

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!

Scott Rogers

Scott Rogers - Jul 11, 2007 10:13 pm Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2006

Awesome  Sucess!

The climb was completely dry and one of the best experiences I have ever had.

Old Ickabod

Old Ickabod - Jun 30, 2007 11:08 am Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2007

Great Climb!  Sucess!

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.


bernardhohman - Jun 26, 2007 10:40 am Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2007

Outstanding Standard Route  Sucess!

Old Ickabod and I enjoyed a great weather day as we bagged both Peak and Needle.

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!!!

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