6/22/12 Weather was incremental so plans to do The Prow on Kit Carson were scratched from South Colony Lake to summit took 1hr 40 mins and 3 hrs RT.
Beautiful day with awesome views of the crestones.
from South Colony Lakes. Went on to traverse to Columbia Point
Hiked on a Monday after Crestone Peak the day before. Saw ZERO people all day until I descended and packed out to the TH. Standard route from the old 4WD TH. Took the Humboldt shortcut to the lakes.
Sometimes the best summits are on the less interesting mountains.
Used west route to Humboldt from South Colony Lakes road from a parking lot at the road closure with a gate. Very nice blue skies all way. Really warm for that time of the year!
The day my life changed. 1st 14er, Almost died in thunderstorm descending East ridge.
Best day ever.
This was cold and windy. The wind blew my hat off, never to be seen again. It was blowing so hard, we didn't approach near the cliffs at the summit for fear of being blown off. Loose, ankle breaker talus was never ending. My partners all had some degree of AMS. Great mini-epic.
Great way to bask in the glory of the harder ascents of the Peak and the Needle. Summit is more interesting than it looks from below.
tacked it on after the needle went quicker than expected, 2002. shapely peak, especially as the sun rises behind it
Climbed with B. Davidson and for the first time, my son Jonathan and my daughter Kimberley.
Some solos in the Sangres for Independence Day: Crestone Needle via Southface, followed by Broken Hand Peak via North ridge/West slopes, followed by Humboldt Peak via typical West ridge in one long day. Drove over from Rye and left the truck at the South Colony Lakes trailhead around 4:30 am, first one on the Needle summit at 8:00 am sharp, Broken Hand summit at 10:15 am, rested at upper South Colony Lake for lunch hour (beautiful trout visible in the rapids), Humboldt Peak summit around 3:30 pm, back at the truck at 6:00 pm and back in Rye in time for dinner. Beautiful day, great rock, but felt like I had been run over by a train the next morning. Highly recommend.
First of the 3 for the weekend.
First time doing Humboldt but had a nice day on the East ridge route. Approx 6k feet of elevation and 13 miles. Strong winds but very warm day for early April. Ridge is largely snow free, only needed snowshoes in trees after leaving the rainbow trail.
Left trail head at 7:12, Summit 12:36, back to car 16:30
and an amazingly cathartic climb. Sunrise from the saddle on the 4th of July
Thick rime covered everything making for an interesting yet beautiful hike. Well worth the slog up the road from the lower 2wd trailhead.
Wonderful day in the mountains with some great friends! Saw a few bighorns and quite a lot of marmots too. The view of the Crestones from the summit and trail along the west ridge is breathtaking.
Stephanie and I took a meandering route up the south face which connected with the west ridge. Absolutely brutal conditions on the summit ridge and summit. Only time I've been on the summit of a peak and was worried about getting lost.
Clouds all day and rime covered EVERYTHING. If I didn't know any better, I would have thought I was in Antartica.
Started at Willow Lake TH in the morning with Ted Romero. Got Kit Carson, Challenger and then went over Kat Carson on the way to Humbolt. A storm rolled in and we bailed down Spanish Creek drainage. Long, long day.