Crestone Peak Climber's Log

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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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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.



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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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.

Larry V

Larry V - Apr 10, 2004 9:57 am

Route Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: August 1997  Sucess!

This is a good, manageable route on an exciting fourteener peak. Climbed the Peak first, then Crestone Needle and Humboldt. It makes for a long but memorable day! Highly recommeded.


eckdoerry - Nov 28, 2003 11:46 am

Route Climbed: three 14ers Date Climbed: Augest 10, 2001  Sucess!

I climbed all three of the local 14ers this day in one long hard push. Real hardmen can add in Kit Carson too, but, ah well, maybe next time.

Did a wierd variation up a sketchy couloir on the SE face of the Needle, then traversed to Crestone Peak summit --- also sketchy in places; couldn't see the simple ridge route the guide described (need better guide!) -- and then slogged up Humboldt, which is the least interesting in terms of climbing, but a nice relaxing grind to end the day. Started at 530am, got down by 130 to avoid lingering monsoon weather.


big_g - Aug 8, 2003 1:34 am Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2003

Route Climbed: South Face/Red Couloir  Sucess!

Day 2 of my Crestone hikathon. Beautiful peak but I was a little disappointed in the route. It seemed like I was not using my hands enough for it to be a class 3 route. Maybe I am that good?

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