Crestone Peak Climber's Log

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MarkDidier

MarkDidier - Oct 24, 2012 8:42 pm Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2012

Via Broken Hand Pass and Red Gully  Sucess!

I really enjoyed this peak. We backpacked in to South Colony Lakes. The climb up Broken Hand Pass was the toughest part of the day - too much scree!!! The red gully was a lot of fun, and the final scramble up the ridge crest wasn't all that exposed. While definitely a tough day, it wasn't as difficult as advertised.

milan - Oct 21, 2012 5:53 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2012

Great  Sucess!

After a day on Culebra, this mountain hit the spot! Beautiful, fun, the Red Gully was relentless.

Diggler

Diggler - Sep 29, 2012 8:22 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2012

North Pillar, North Buttress  Sucess!

with Faith. Arrived night before & set up camp slightly lower than lower lake (~11,600'). Rain during hike in reminded me of previous attempt, where we got shut down by rain (&had one of my most miserable camping experiences (& Faith's worst) ever), & made me nervous. Hard to sleep night before.

Left @ 5.23. Started climbing @ 8.00. Started on R-side off-width that Rich had been nagging me to do ever since he did it. Full-value, & kicked my ass (although it was short- ~15'), but got through it w/o hanging. Major scrapes on my R leg, as had shorts on... Rest of climb easier but fun- great combo of face & cracks!

Rock was mostly quite solid, & delightful to climb on! Not as runout as the Prow. Belay ledges comfy & spacious too (except for P2 belay- 195' above belay 1). Belayed 4 pitches & simul'ed rest. I led pitched-out stuff. Topped out on climb @ 13.15. Faith feeling shitty from cold & didn't like the look of remainder of climb to summit (& questionable weather).

I took off up N buttress alone @ 13.32. Fun to top of tower- class 4 traversing to notch exposed & OUTRAGEOUS!! Stoked to put it behind me (until way down...). Chill & fun from notch.

Summited @ 14.22. Great views- Crestones, Sierra Blanca, Pikes, Kit Carson, sand dunes, ... Left summit @ 14.41.

Summited E summit @ 14.49. Left @ 14.55. Drop-offs from E summit ridiculous!

Back where I left Faith (13,540') an hour later. Packed up our stuff & took off. Enjoyed sunny, blessed late afternoon descent. Back @ camp @ 18.54. LONG but GREAT day!!

Ken Dammen

Ken Dammen - Aug 15, 2012 12:01 am Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2012

Red gulley via broken hand pass  Sucess!

Climbed class 3 red gulley route with Dustin. Fun route with a little fun exposed scramble at the finish. Wear your helmet on this one.

I like it on top

I like it on top - Jul 24, 2012 1:10 am Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2012

Red Gulley  Sucess!

Great climb up the red gulley and beautiful summit.

blueshade

blueshade - Jul 6, 2012 9:01 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2012

Crestone Traverse  Sucess!

Climbed the standard Red Couloir on Crestone Peak, easy but seems like it'll never end. Then did the traverse to Needle. Stayed fairly high, making the approach to the traverse a little more interesting.

Only the last technical section from the Black Gendarme was fun, in my opinion. Fun C4 section. Down the majority of the East Gully (kind of like canyoneering when descending the lower part).

Tried for Humboldt the same day. Plenty of time but rained off.

Mooner

Mooner - Jun 23, 2012 4:09 pm

Up I Go

6/21/12 Climbing Ellingwood Ledges to the Needle. Needle to Peak

Pete Castricone

Pete Castricone - May 31, 2012 3:32 pm Date Climbed: May 30, 2012

Peak to Needle  Sucess!

The Crestones...I finally found something that beats Snowmass as the worst 14er in Colorado.

JakeCO

JakeCO - Apr 10, 2012 12:54 am Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2011

SW Gully  Sucess!

Camped at Lower S. Colony Lake (windy), Climbed snow over Broken hand pass and up the SW gully, gorgeous day, perfect weekend!

DerekFreed

DerekFreed - Apr 3, 2012 2:30 pm Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2010

Red Gully  Sucess!

Standard route from camp at the old 4WD TH. Nice route, but still prefer Crestone Needle's standard route.

xpda

xpda - Oct 29, 2011 12:25 pm Date Climbed: Aug 31, 1996

Crestone Peak  Sucess!

Climbed wrong peak, backtracked 900' vertical.

Ted Eliason

Ted Eliason - Oct 12, 2011 2:59 pm Date Climbed: May 14, 2002

Great Peak!  Sucess!

Up the NW couloir from Bears Playground after a cold bivy at upper Colony lake. Many potential mixed alpine routes on the North Face not discussed in guide books.

ABQDrew - Sep 26, 2011 8:24 pm Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2011

Standard Route - Super fun  Sucess!

Super fun route. Everything was clear of snow except for a couple hundred feet of climbing just below broken hand pass on the south colony lake side. Down climbing this section was a bit dicey at places but all in all not too bad. some ppl might prefer a mountaineering axe for this section only.

boisedoc

boisedoc - Sep 5, 2011 1:24 pm Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2011

Red gully   Sucess!

Pretty long day hike from the new gate closure. The gully was fun safe scrambling with little exposure. Biggest risk is likely rockfall from other climbers, especially at broken hand pass. Hordes of people around over the labor day weekend.

matthewp

matthewp - Aug 21, 2011 3:44 pm

Red Gully  Sucess!

First Class 3. One of my favorite climbs to date.

zoomloco

zoomloco - Jul 16, 2011 4:38 pm

ellingwood arete direct to traverse  Sucess!

a nice big peak, though more of a slog than anything else, even via the traverse...TR up at http://zoomloco.xanga.com/732717261/purple-mountain-majesties/

triyoda

triyoda - Apr 25, 2011 10:06 pm Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2009

Red Gully  Sucess!

Very satisfying summit. Sat for an hour at Broken hand pass, waiting for clouds to clear. Finally cleared up and I made a go for it. Crestones are amazing.

Jeremy Hakes

Jeremy Hakes - Apr 23, 2011 4:39 pm Date Climbed: May 25, 2002

Want to go back...  Sucess!

And do this again.

centrifuge

centrifuge - Jan 12, 2011 10:52 pm Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2007

cool climb  Sucess!

amazing climb, met bill on this one

Panthera uncia

Panthera uncia - Dec 22, 2010 6:11 pm Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2010

Snowy Red Gully  Sucess!

Encountered a lot of snow in the gully on the standard route so we opted to climb some fun, knoby rock up to the summit.

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