went back for challenger 1.5 years after knocking off kit carson in winter 2006. the north face was a steep slog, yet the hike went by fast. added the prow, kit carson and columbia point to the hike.
Absolutely beautiful area to climb and hike in. I love the Sangres, especially Willow Lake. Alan, you can bring the salmon next time!
Started from just above Willow Lake at 0510. Ascended Challenger Pt. by 0745 and Kit Carson by 0845. Was back at the car by 1610. Absolutely beautiful peaks, route, and people. The lake and waterfalls were postcards. Wonderful company on the way down.
Standard peakbaggers' route over Challenger Pt. and Kit Carson Avenue. A cloudy day, but the rain held off, and a satisfying climb. Fourteener #31 for me.
Second time up Challenger on the way to Columbia Point. Also tagged the top of "The Prow" and "Kitty Kat Carson". Kind of a weird combination... all of Kit Carson's "sub peaks" but not Kit.
Great climbing on two incredible peaks. Anymore fun and it would be illegal. Spectacular scenery.
Climbed Challenger and Kit Carson w/ Adam and Prakash from the Willow Lake trailhead in one long day. ~ 12 miles, 6300 vert, 13 hrs total, first people on both summits. Got to the car right as a huge rainstorm rolled in.
With ktiffany22: heinous hail storm on the hike out from Willow Lake, just glad we weren't in that higher on the mountain!
An amazingly beautiful and exciting hike to the summit of Kit Carson and Challenger Point, followed by an extremely tiring descent down loose "garbage" on Challenger's steep slope and slippery trail below. Decided to pack out early, and paid the price... 2 hrs 15 minutes of rain, 30 minutes of which was dime to nickel sized hail... ouch, cold, wet, lucky. That sums it up. Happy 7/7/7!
Climbed the North Ridge variation to the North Slopes route. We stayed all the way to the right of the north face, and then traversed the north ridge to the summit, encountering some fourth class terrain en route.
Beautiful approach to Willow Lake. After reaching Willow Lake, the hike became much stiffer and steeper as we had to slog up loose talus/scree on the North slopes of Challenger. Only summited Challenger due to building clouds in the Sangre region. Kit Carson will have to wait for another day.
From South Colony Lakes. Lots of scrambling. Initially I missed the last broad couloir leading to the summit and ended up on Challenger Point- a bit embarrassed about that. On the way back, I tried to take a shortcut down to the South Colony Lakes from the Bears Playgound and had an uncontrolled slide down a snow filled gully- ice axe probably saved me from a severe injury.
Camped at willow lake, then took the standard route up around the backside ridge at the top. I highly recommend NOT taking the gully route. Its a shooting gallery of falling rocks, especially on a busy day. Definitely bring a helmet. Didnt summit Kit Karson as my friend was scared from the exposure on the traverse of the ridge to Kit Karson summit. Maybe next time!
Scary climb in snow
Climbed up to Challenger Point via the gully and then traversed over to Kit Carson. So much fun and the views were incredible. I attempted last year but got turned around by all the snow on Kit Carson Avenue.
My wife and I's first anniversary. Took ALL day (wondered on to wrong route) but made it. What a great day!!
FINALLY!!! After 7 attempts I finally made it up this dam thing. I had great weather all day and even went into work when I got back home.
Both Challenger & Kit Carson... Willow Lake is amazing
whew, not sure I can do that anymore...
Stellar approach hike! Lots of columbines and other flowers. Mist was boiling all around at Challenger's summit. I wisely bailed on Kit Carson: thunder, hail, rain followed shortly. Must come back!