Happy to get this one after the miserable slog up Cottonwood Creek!
Crestone Needle, Peak, Humbolt
Tried to make the peak to needle traverse but had to bail due to nil visibility
We made the short approach and camped at the upper South Colony Lake. Then up to the ridge and up the NW Gully. Then down the red gully and over Broken Hand Pass to make a loop of it. Nice area and an interesting route. Steep, but never scary steep.
Thirteen hours from new parking lot. My partner, Paul could have easily taken 3-4 hours off that time.
From the saddle to the summit was a bit airy, but fun.
The North Buttress is an amazing route and a great preparation for the Peak-to-Needle traverse (which is easier in my opinion than the crux of the buttress). Incredible!
Awesome Climb, Missed out on the exposure, we were climbing in mostly fog and cloud cover, lite hail. Definately an experience. Hope to do the needle soon.
This was a great snow climb from South Colony Lakes. On our way back to Broken Hand Pass, we climbed Crestolita as well.
Love the Sangres!
Climbing Crestone Peak was very memorable for me, since it was my last of the 14ers in Colorado. I hiked up the South Face from Cottonwood Creek in September of 2003.
I have climbed this a few times Great scramble up the south face. Did the traverse, from peak to needle once.
One of my first real couloir climbs and very fun. Part of guides training for WSC in Gunnison
Had a fine day; first the Needle, then back to Cottonwood Lake and around for my second try of the trip. With weather threatening, I made it from the big cairn at the bottom to the summit in 1:09 - zoom! I was quite pleased. BTW, the class 4 traverse to the East Summit that Roach describes is actually a class 2+ walkup.
Red Gully from S Colony Lakes to 214' vertical feet from the saddle and then thunder went BOOM! And we went bye-bye.
Cruiser class 2-3, with a Colorado Fourteener Interstate to the base. Nice peak.
Did the West summit last month, but had some unfinished business. This time we did the East summit from the traverse from the Needle. Descent of the NW couloir. (A LITTLE BETA: Save the NW couloir for a nice snow climb folks. It's about half class 4 and a loose pile of SH_T at this time of year - I had to be on belay for 2/3 of it as I am not a pro down-climber on loose, wet class 4!!! Toss in an ice field right where you must cross to the exit too, an axe AND belay was needed to safely cross w/o crampons)
One of the best days in the mountains I have had. The Red Gully is a definite climb, this is not an easy one and it definitely gives you some exposure! The summit is a beauty and the climb down and out is not as bad as you think coming up :)
Started at 10 and out by 7 going pretty easy and waiting for my party for an hour and a half. Ran the last 2-3 miles out. PERFECT!!
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.