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.
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.
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.
First Class 3. One of my favorite climbs to date.
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/
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.
And do this again.
amazing climb, met bill on this one
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.
The worst part of the entire journey was the ride into the trailhead. Climbed the Needle with my incredible wife Leah and then headed over to the Peak alone. Great day!
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.