A group climb with 4 other friends including Cheeseburgler (Craig), Gabe, Stephanie and Jin, Gabe's uncle. Met Ted & Christy Mahon on top. Great climb. Short but I'd agree with Sarah. This is not a 'steep' snow climb in my book. But fun none-the-less!
I climbed this in conjunction with Kit Carson and Challenger Point. After coming over from Challenger, I hit Kit Carson and then down climbed towards the start of Kit Carson Avenue but instead went left towards Columbia Point. I went up a small gully and through a windowed rock and to the top of the Outward Bound Couloir. From here, I followed cairns to the very first gully that goes straight up the fin in between Kit Carson and Columbia Point. At the top of this fin I realized that I maybe went too high but stuck with the route and did some class 5 down-climbing to the next section of the fin and then up to the top of the fin where it connects to the actual mountain. From there it was relatively simply class 3 stuff similar to Crestone Needle. I was unable to locate the plaque on the summit.
Under the current conditions, I'm not sure that this climb warrents Roach's "steep" designation. I didn't measure the slope, but it didn't feel like it exceeded 45 degrees. Near the top (Kat Carson - Columbia saddle), we took the narrow left hand branch and some easy mixed climbing put us directly under the summit. The exposure here was serious and the slabby, steep rock was covered in slippery, powdery snow in places so we protected the remainder of the 3rd-4th class climb. I was shocked when I popped up directly on the summit! Very cool. To descend, we reveresed our route. Downclimbing the couloir was relatively easy. For future reference, this was a huge snow year in the Sangres. Typically there is less snow this time of year.