Crestone Needle Climber's Log

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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


summiteer16 - Apr 29, 2006 10:39 pm Date Climbed: May 26, 2004

Crestone Climb Memorial Day

Great climb, though storms roll in incredibly fast!


hasue - Apr 11, 2006 9:00 pm




markhyams - Mar 2, 2006 11:43 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2000

Ellingwood Arete  Sucess!

Fantastic route. We only roped up for the top two pitches, and had a great day.


markhyams - Mar 2, 2006 11:42 pm Date Climbed: Aug 21, 1999

South Couloir  Sucess!

This was my last 14er summit. I yelled loud, but no one was around to hear.


markhyams - Feb 24, 2006 10:59 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2000

classic  Sucess!

Did the Ellingwood Arete route that day. Fun, although my partner got a wicked altitude headache on the way down.

Mountain Jim

Mountain Jim - Feb 9, 2006 11:33 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: August 1968  Sucess!

I came back a few years ago and did the Ellingwood Arete. It deserves it's "Classic" status.


jomal - Feb 6, 2006 1:06 am

Route Climbed: South Coulior Date Climbed: July 2005  Sucess!

Second time up, climbed it so a buddy of mine who had climbed the peak would climb it with me! A really fun climb to a beautiful summit!


Kiefer - Jan 22, 2006 11:32 pm

Route Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: July 2004  Sucess!

One of two of my scariest summits of any Colorado mtn. I spent 2-5 minutes on top. It took me roughly 2.5 hours from Broken hand saddle to reach the top and an hour flat to get back down to the saddle. It absolutely dumped (hard) that afternoon and lightning and thunder. A VERY bad day but I still summited against better judgement.


1mvertical - Jan 6, 2006 1:17 pm

Route Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: June 1, 2003  Sucess!

Watch out for rock fall on ascent of Brokenhand Pass. I go nailed by a climber above me. This route is Class 3 at best. Good rock holds and pretty easy route finding the whole way. Took 3 hrs, roundtrip from S. Colony Lakes, 3.75 hrs. from the car parked at 11,000'.

budsmith62 - Dec 31, 2005 12:01 am

Route Climbed: South Coulier Date Climbed: August 14 1981  Sucess!

From journal on COBS course in Sangre DiCristos

Aug 14

Climbed Crestone Needle today, 14197. Good steep climb about 2 hrs each way. also did a moonlight rappel about 70 ft. Think Ill stick to going up!!!


iceisnice - Oct 3, 2005 9:34 pm

Route Climbed: Ellingwood Arete Date Climbed: Aug '04  Sucess!

Soloed the route. Not as hard as I thought it was going to be. Pretty good exposure and a big psycological climb for the soloist. But on great rock the whole time. Some people have a problem with the descent. I thought it was pretty straight forward.

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