Challenger Point Climber's Log

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Kiefer - Apr 27, 2009 1:24 am Date Climbed: Apr 26, 2009

Via OB Couloir  Sucess!

Poor snow in the morning but got better as the day progressed.
Was with 5 others in my group and ran into Tim Mahon and Christy on the climb! A sweet day!


ClearSkiesAhead - Jan 23, 2009 5:40 pm Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2008

Loooong Day  Sucess!

Started from the car at about 3:30am and did the whole trip in a single day. I would say one of the longest I have ever done. I almost wish I had planned to camp at the lake after I saw that waterfall. Absolutely amazing! I also think I may have exited the avenue a little early on Kit Carson, but it worked out. I made it back to the trailhead around 5:00pm.


SarahThompson - Jan 7, 2009 11:00 am Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2004

Summer/ Fall / Winter x2  Sucess!

8/29/04 - Climbed Kit Carson Mountain and Challenger Point in a day via the standard route from Willow Lake. Epic 19 hours with a sloooow partner.

1/17/10 - Winter climb of Kit Carson Mountain. Spanish Creek approach, climb of south face. Beautiful area!!!

1/8/11 - Winter ascent of Challenger Point. Backpacked to Willow Lake and climbed north face. Standard route was buried under steep, avy prone snow slopes so we climbed a more difficult but much safer line up a rib further east. Descended the northwest ridge (which we had largely explored the previous day after packing in). Challenger is quite the challenge in winter, seemed tougher than Kit Carson.

12/8/12 - Up Challenger's SW Ridge, traverse to Kit Carson, down Kit Carson's South Couloir. Awesome loop!!!

2/2/13 - Up Kit Carson's South Couloir and South Face to top of Kit Carson, traverse Kit Carson Avenue to Challenger, traverse back across Avenue and descend Kit Carson's South Couloir. Peaks were caked in amazing hoar frost. Incredible day in the hills.


srclimb1 - Oct 14, 2008 11:27 am Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2008

Challenger Peak  Sucess!

1st 14er back in CO 5 days from New Orleans,#16.Beautiful approach...Loved the meadow. Willow Lake is worth the hike in. I actually camped at the lake. Morning of summit was cloudy and very misty. At the notch on the ridge the wind was blowing about 70mph. It was basically pouring rain on the ridge. Great hike up steep scree and soaking wet & cold, but wouldnt have been anywhere else!


RMdaytripsgrl - Sep 19, 2008 3:13 pm Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2008

Willow Lake TH  Sucess!

2nd attempt, good weather this day. A beautiful area. Animals everywhere. Std route. Couloirs are all glissades here! Might have to go back and try the N ridge someday.


Mots010 - Aug 31, 2008 8:49 pm Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2008

via Challenger  Sucess!

Couldnt find a partner for north ridge, so settled for standard route. Love Willow Lake.


GeorgeJames - Aug 25, 2008 3:12 pm Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2008

North Ridge  Sucess!

All accounts of this route were proven true, it's amazing. I must admit that the high exposure (plus some rockfall early on) made me a little anxious, but the ridge is pretty darn solid, and all in all it was really fun. Traversed across the "avenue" and descended via the Northwest Ridge/Northwest Slopes of Challenger Point. What a great area!


msihl - Aug 20, 2008 2:33 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2008

Challenger Point  Sucess!

Climbed with Sarp and Paul, starting from trailhead at 9.30 am. Reached Challenger Point at 16.30 and turned around due to exhaustion...Paul and Sarp went on to climb Kit Carson...Paul returned at 1.10 am after getting lost in the dark around Willow Lake.


seth@LOKI - Aug 5, 2008 2:08 am Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2008

Rather than return to Challenger Point we descended Kit-Kat (Columbia Pt.) Coulior East down to upper Willow  Sucess!

Descended Kit-Kat (Columbia Pt. Coulior East into upper Willow Basin. What is this East facing coulior called? CMC? (I loaned out my Dawson book...This steepish descent would have been better with crampons, or skis.


heather14 - Jul 21, 2008 12:03 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2008

North Ridge  Sucess!

A great weekend. Spent a full weekend at Willow Lake with no rain!! North Ridge is one of my favorite routes thus far.

Seth Maciejowski

Seth Maciejowski - Jun 24, 2008 10:29 pm Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2008

Challenger Point  Sucess!

Went up challenger point in a fast run up from willow lake. The avenue look sketchy without an axe so I went back down doing the 1800' glissade in the snow gully. Sweet....

Jerry L

Jerry L - May 25, 2008 1:21 pm Date Climbed: May 20, 2008

Challnegr Point Only

I made it up to the lake and beyond a bit (about 12,000') but decided to back off as I was solo and there's lots of snow up there right now. Snow was wasit deep in places around the lake. I climbed a smaller peak with southern exposure instead.


MountainHikerCO - Feb 18, 2008 7:38 pm Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2000

Willow Creek  Sucess!

This was my second climb of both Kit Carson and Challenger. We approached from Willow Creek trailhead


MountainHikerCO - Feb 18, 2008 7:36 pm Date Climbed: Aug 20, 1994

Challenger  Sucess!

This was my first climb of Challenger. I approached from Willow Creek Trailhead. I did not get Kit Carson this trip but I did hike down to the saddle to reconnoiter the route for next time.


MountainHikerCO - Feb 18, 2008 7:32 pm Date Climbed: Jun 19, 1993

South Colony  Sucess!

This was my first climb of Kit Carson. I approached from South Colony Lakes and got point 13799 and Kat Carson 13890 (now called Columbia). I did not get Challenger on this trip.


mtnhiker13 - Sep 5, 2007 12:39 am Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2007

via Challenger  Sucess!

Third attempt on this mountain - finally made it. Weather looked threatening but held off until we were way off the mountain. What a great route on a great mountain - we climbed up the west couloir which was very solid and enjoyable climbing. Didn't get to enjoy the summit very long as the clouds were circling around us!


dr_gonz - Sep 4, 2007 4:29 pm

beautiful  Sucess!

did this with challenger and humbolt from s. colony lakes. amazing rock and amazing views.

Woodie Hopper

Woodie Hopper - Sep 3, 2007 8:48 am Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2007

South Colony Lakes  Sucess!

A long day from South Colony Lakes. Climbed with Kent from Grand Junction who I met at the Bear's Playground.


altitude14er - Aug 19, 2007 3:25 am Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2007

Route Climbed: North Slopes from Willow Lake  Sucess!

Climbed this peak and then did the traverse climb to Kit Carson. The "Avenue" was alot of fun and made for an interesting route. Climbed w/Mark,Dave&Debbie! Saw Bighorn Sheep near lake on descent..

Eric Holle

Eric Holle - Aug 18, 2007 11:26 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007

Amazing day  Sucess!

Climbed the two 14ers with Kris from Willow Creek. Great day and hike. It was great to get back to the Sangre de Cristo Range after spending two weeks there in April-May. Great views all around. Napped by the lake on the way out.

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