Climbed Crestone Peak (both W and E summits) via Red Gully after climbing the Needle earlier in the morning. Perfect weather, awesome views!
Via Cottonwood Creek TH.
Up and down the red gully w/ my friend Jake. There was considerable snow in places which required a lot of difficult Class 3 and some Class 4 to avoid - all on solid rock. Amazing views - particularly to the south. We saw only a handful of folks west of Broken Hand Pass.
This is a mountain CLIMB! Sweet mountain.
Broken Hand/red gully up and down. (Did about 1/2 the traverse to Needle and then called it due to time constraints - had to pick up kids...too bad, had perfect weather...we'll be back!)
I did Needle the day before, and Peak the following day. Very crowded over Labor day weekend. They did fix the road up to South Colony, so many people drove all the way up there. There was no parking available...
One of the best areas in Colorado
Summited via the Red Gully Route on the south face in perfect fall conditions. Great impromptu trip.
7/17/05 - Climbed the (mostly dry) standard Red Gully Route from camp at South Colony Lake. My partner refused to attempt the 4th class traverse to Crestone Needle so we climbed down Crestone Peak, hiked back to Broken Hand Pass, and climbed Crestone Needle via its standard route.
5/28/06 - Climbed the (somewhat snowy) Red Gully from camp along Cottonwood Creek. My 1st time in crampons! Afterwards we did the classic traverse to Crestone Needle and added on Broken Hand Peak before calling it a day.
1/15/11 - Grueling approach up Cottonwood Creek with heavy packs. Spent two nights camped at 11,800ft. Scrambled (in crampons) up snowy rock to the right of the couloir until about 13,800 ft. Entered couloir via a slabby traverse and followed it to the top. Final summit ridge scramble was exciting. The approach and climb were an absolute butt kicker.
12/2/12 - Traversed from Crestone Needle and descended the Red Gully. Dry for December.
I will return for the NW couloir.
Joined Dave Covill's group intending to join them for the traverse from Needle to Peak. However the party seemed a bit large and unwieldy, and the weather didn't seem solid, so I opted at Broken Hand Pass to head for my top priority, Crestone Peak's west and east summits. Sure enough the traverse didn't happen due to fog, so I was very glad I made the decision I did. Fun peak!
Good break from work
Started up at 6:37AM-a beautiful morning. Route is well defined all the way; reached summit at 11:27. Lots of high clouds but the views were spectacular. Started back down at 11:39 as clouds were closing in fast. Back to the TH at 3:36PM with the last 1/2 mile featuring a heavy thunder/lightning, snow storm. My 42nd 14'er...sweet!!
The scramble through the cliffs on Broken Hand Pass was harder than any of the scrambling on the Peak itself. I also summitted East Crestone - I think the East summit has better views than the main summit.
This was my third climb of Crestone Peak. We went over Broken Hand Pass and climbed the Red Gully.
Previous climb 8-5-00 South Colony - Bears - up NW Couloir route - down Red Gully - to Broken Hand - up standard Needle route.
This was my first climb of Crestone Peak. I went the NW Couloir route via Bears Playground. I saw lightning strike the Needle as we came back across the ridge to the Humbolt saddle to return to South Colony Lakes.
From camp at Cottonwood Creek, climbed the South Face of Crestone Peak, performed the traverse to Crestone Needle, then descended the Needle's South Face back to camp. The previous night I endured a torrential rainstorm with lightning striking the surrounding peaks. The hike up to the base of Crestone Peak from my camp near Cottonwood Creek was arduous. There was no trail, and hiking through the willows (which were wet from the previous night's rainstorm) left me soaked to the skin from the waist down.
Did the Red Clr to the Peak-Needle Traverse
I started before first light so I could complete the traverse to the Needle and be off the mountain by early afternoon. Fortunately I was successful and back in camp before noon, because wicked thunderstorms rolled in and unleased rain and electricity from 12 to 2. I know of at least one climbing party that would've been in the thick of things if they'd stuck to their original schedule. I thought of them all afternoon, but still don't know if they turned around or pressed through the storm.
What a long day! Camped at Colony Lakes and went via Broken Hand pass. Beautiful views! The Needle will have to wait for a return visit.
After some route finding difficulties in the early morning darkness, we headed up the red couloir. Still plenty of snow. Planned on the traverse to the Needle, but decided it just wasn't our day. Very fun mountain.
Second time up the Peak, but this time we did the traverse to the Needle. Also tagged "East Crestone" to get the Custer County highpoint.