Crestone Peak Climber's Log

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jomal

jomal - Feb 6, 2006 1:05 am

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

Climbed right after climbing the Needle, so we were pretty tired. A fair amount of snow, so we had to go off route a bit, but a fun, easy climb.

Kiefer

Kiefer - Jan 21, 2006 12:50 pm

Route Climbed: South face & NW couloir Date Climbed: July 22, 2005  Sucess!

A hot day to start. flies and mosquitos were very bad.

ascented via the Red Couloir which was actually quite nice. Solid rock. Spent about 15 minutes at the top and descended via the NW couloir. I would reccommend going up via this route and down the Red. The rock is much looser. There was still snow and water running down the center. The ledges going around were tricky to navigate. Nothing bad but pay attention. Got back to the truck and collapsed. About a 12 hour day.

1mvertical

1mvertical - Jan 4, 2006 5:03 pm

Route Climbed: Red Couloir Date Climbed: August 3, 2004  Sucess!

Took half the time we thought it would. Be very careful of rock fall. A couple of big ones went past me on the descent.

brandon

brandon - Oct 1, 2005 2:10 pm

Route Climbed: North Buttress with direct start Date Climbed: 8/13/05  Sucess!

Fun stuff, climbing in a whiteout all morn, bailed on the traverse, return pver Broken hand pass... with Andrew

hoopyfrood

hoopyfrood - Sep 27, 2005 12:33 pm

Route Climbed: Red Coulior Date Climbed: September 18, 2005  Sucess!

This was an awesome climb coming from the Cottonwood Creek trailhead. We got a little lost where the two creeks split, but thanks to good topo reading we dropped into Cottonwood Lake from the saddle next to Broken Hand Pass adding quite a few miles to the approach.

K_G_Wright

K_G_Wright - Sep 23, 2005 4:34 pm

Route Climbed: Red Couloir Date Climbed: September 18, 2005  Sucess!

Two weeks before I got turned around on a solo of the North West Couloir (this route should be done as a steep snow climb in late Spring). If anyone ventures into the NW Couloir as a late summer route... bring a helmet, short rope, crampons, self-belay equip./belayer and a hammer/ax as it had hard ice even on Sept. 7th. I had golf ball sized rocks fly by consistently- every 5 or 10 minutes. On the 18th, I summitted via the beautifully dry, relatively solid Red Couloir. See my photo of the nearly invisible cutoff from the main valley to the Cottonwood Creek fork- this is truly the crux of the entire southern route. This very important saddle is just north of the top of the boiler plates. Awesome solid scrambling up the Red Couloir!!!

ktiffany22

ktiffany22 - Sep 18, 2005 7:58 pm

Route Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: Sept 17, 2005  Sucess!

This Peak is much easier than it's made out to be!!! The Red Coulier offers some FUN class 3 climbing:-) I'd compare it to the Homestretch on Long's Peak.... only MUCH longer. We had a blast!

Mike Mc

Mike Mc - Aug 28, 2005 10:23 pm

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

Awesome Summit! The approach trail from the Cottonwood Trailhead can be quite tricky at 11:00 P.M.. Also, I was bit by a marmot near Cottonwood Lake (totally unprovoked)!

shanrickv

shanrickv - Aug 22, 2005 1:14 am

Route Climbed: South Face/Red Couloir Date Climbed: Aug. 21, 2005  Sucess!

Great climb with 14er partner Alan (Alana). Original plan was to do traverse to Needle, but clouds and tired quads thought otherwise. Went back over Broken Hand Pass and back to South Colony Lakes for a long, but incredible, day.

shanahan96

shanahan96 - Aug 14, 2005 3:31 am

Route Climbed: Red Couloir Date Climbed: August 9, 2005  Sucess!

fun ascent, and the summit was breathtaking. slipped on some black ice coming down, slid 100 feet down a ice patch before crashing into some rocks. what a scary moment, be careful up there! it was an epic journey......and i'd do it again.



jamie

doumall

doumall - Aug 4, 2005 12:48 pm

Route Climbed: South Couloir Date Climbed: July 30th 2005  Sucess!

Cottonwood Creek approach is amazing. Awsome, relaxing day. 48th 14er!

bc44caesar

bc44caesar - Jul 25, 2005 1:19 am

Route Climbed: Northwest Couloir Date Climbed: 24 Jul 2005  Sucess!

Climbed the North Couloir from Colony Lakes 4x4 TH with Brad Snider. I didn't expect to have to scramble so much on the walk from Humboldt to Bears Playground. The couloir was almost completely devoid of snow, but had quite a lot of water running down it. We continued on and traversed to the Needle afterwards.

Larry V

Larry V - Mar 20, 2005 3:32 pm

Route Climbed: south couloir Date Climbed: August 2004  Sucess!

Standard route from our overnight camp at South Colony Lakes. Over Broken Hand Pass and past Cottonwood Lake. Climbed the east summit first (14,260') which is the high point of Custer County. Icy conditions on last 200' before the sun struck the rocks made the east summit a little treacherous. Then climbed the main summit with Gurbinder.



Had a heart-pounding experience in the wet, red couloir that morning. A 200 pound boulder pulled loose and dropped right beside my climbing buddy who was standing on a shelf just 15 feet below. You can never be too careful.

ColoradoScott

ColoradoScott - Feb 2, 2005 11:44 am

Route Climbed: South Face/Red Couloir Date Climbed: September 21, 2003  Sucess!

I backpacked over Broken Hand Pass into a solitary camp at Cottonwood Lake, and then climbed to both Crestone Peak summits (east & west) the following morning, descended the route, broke camp and returned to the TH that day.

bakcast

bakcast - Jan 5, 2005 7:37 pm

Route Climbed: NW Couloir Date Climbed: June 200 or 2001  Sucess!

This is a great late spring snow climb. What fun! We tried the traverse to the Needle but chose to retreat to the S couloir as the weather wasn't cooperating. Can't wait to get the needle one day! Pretty good fishing in the S. Cololny Lakes as well - surprising!

RyanS

RyanS - Aug 26, 2004 3:03 pm

Route Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: August 21, 2004  Sucess!

Erin and I led a friend up Crestone's South Face route from a camp in Cottonwood Creek, tagging the summit of East Crestone along the way. After lunch at Cottonwood Lake, she and I climbed Broken Hand Peak. A trip report is available here.

bdewoody

bdewoody - Jul 20, 2004 2:11 am

Route Climbed: South Couloir Date Climbed: July 17 2004  Sucess!

Started at South Colony Lakes and went over Broken Hand Pass. As we began to climb the south couloir clouds started moving in at around 9:00am. Stopped at 13,400 ft to wait out the weather and finally decided to go for. Reached the summit but it was too cloudy to see anything around. Quickly descended back to Cottonwood Lake and then over to South Colony.

DaveC

DaveC - May 20, 2004 9:28 pm

Route Climbed: s couloir Date Climbed: june 02  Sucess!

missed the N couloir in 01, tried again from cottonwood lake and the S couloir in 02. Hard to get to, but a straightforward climb once in the right couloir. Someone had signed the log "I wouldn't say I've been missing it, Bob..."

sbkelley

sbkelley - May 12, 2004 2:51 pm

Route Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: August 2002  Sucess!

Like it's smaller but pointier (is that a word?) neighbor, I've climbed this one twice and it was great both times. Backpacking up to Cottonwood Lake is a pretty tough hike, but well worth it. If you get the chance, climb the East Crestone Peak - it's a new perspective.

RyanS

RyanS - Apr 12, 2004 11:52 am

Route Climbed: South Face via Cottonwood Creek Date Climbed: July 22, 2002  Sucess!

Encouraged by success on Kit Carson and Challenger the week before, Erin and I returned to the Sangres to try Crestone Peak. We used the Cottonwood Creek approach, and we had an interesting time negotiating that trail in the dark. We reached Cottonwood Lake at daybreak, but ominous clouds greeted us in the morning light. After waiting for a break in the clouds, we summitted Crestone Peak. We were so excited, we forgot about East Crestone.... guess we'll be coming back someday! A trip report is available here.

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