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.
Standard route from S. Colony Lakes (mid) TH. A mostly cloudy day, but got some sun around noon. Also climbed E. Crestone. 14er #33. A long day, but a great peak.
Absolutely, incredible...I am still in awe of that peak.
Was going to attempt the NW couloir, but got a late start and wanted more time for route finding so, we decided on the standard route instead.
Loved the climbing in the Red Gully, had perfect weather, and met many interesting people en route, Reascending Broken Hand Pass wasn't as bad as I was expecting. CL Road sucked, but...we all know that. ;)
Went up the south gully came down the northwest couloir.
Went up the Red after climbing the needle, then down the northwest couloir.
Old Ickabod and I enjoyed a perfect weather day for this summit and the Needle.
I totally underestimated this climb! It took me 10 hours, and had some tough downclimbing -- trying NOT to loosen rockfall for those below.
The Cottonwood Creek trailhead and the Spanish Creek trailhead both have no trespassing signs up that read "No Public Access to National Forest Land," and "Property of the Crestone Zen Monastery." See trip report.
got a ride to sc lakes, that saved me! woke up at sunrise ascended to nw couloir lots of snow still in august! stay left of snow. awesome views of the valley and sand dunes at summit. attempted needle same day but ran out of water
Climbed this after a Humbolt Karson combo the day before, the climbed the neeedle, descended to Cottonwood side, a short repel and climbed South'west Gullythen down the NW Couloir. Almost slipped on the way down the ledge in the couloir.
From Humboldt Peak, Point 13290 and East Crestone. En route to Crestone Needle. Trip Report
What he said. :-)
Climbed with Tracy (gurlyclimber). We were hoping for sustained knobby conglomerate and the gully really didn't offer it so we mostly climbed the knobby face to the right of the gully to make it more interesting. We descended the gully though because we didn't want to downclimb all of the class 4 stuff we found on the way up. Had the summit to ourselves once again!
Great climb! Details in the trip report :
… and he’s climbing a stairway to Crestone…
First 14ner when I was just a lad of 15. This is the one that bit me, and I've had the bug ever since. Climbed it with COBS.
Wanted to do the traverse to the Needle but had to bail because of bad weather.
Went over Broken Hand Pass intent on doing the traverse to the Needle, but we pooped out.
Climbed both summits because in those days we didn't know which was the highest.