Just under 2 hours. I followed on two short pitches - the 5.2 at the gendarme and the 2-move knife edge. Everything else was climbed free. Wore rock climbing shoes at gendarme to summit.
Solo. Easy route finding with plenty of conspicuous cairns. Don't do this route if you are uncomfortable with MASSIVE exposure and steep class 4/5. If you slip on the summit pitch, you're likely toast.
1:35 time for the traverse
Got this done on a great September morning - not a true ridge traverse most of the time but lots of great rock to climb around on!
From S. Colony TH in a day. This is a horrible route and not really a "traverse" at all. I would not recommend it to anyone.
actually by far the worst of the CO classic 14er traverses. go for blanca traverse. TR at http://zoomloco.xanga.com/732717261/purple-mountain-majesties/
This is great. One of the easier of the "4 traverses". Go do it!
Nice traverse, the last pitch was nice and airy.
It's 10:00 am, you are at the summit of the needle in a total whiteout, and a group is rapelling onto the traverse from the top. Why not keep going? Only got stuck in one sketchy section mid-way through the traverse that was hard to protect.
We came up and over the final pitch to summit the Needle, the top was sticking out of the clouds, maybe my most memorable moment on a mountain.
for a "classic" tour
fun hike and scramble. route finding and climbing aren't bad at all.
Great scrambling all along this traverse, with the best at the end. Nice steep face climbing on good knobby rock right below the Needle's summit.
my second great fourteener traverse. it wasn't really hard like expected, but the scrambling on the needle side was pretty cool. 2:08 for the traverse.
My first of Colorado's 4 great 14er traverses, w/ bc44caesar. Thoroughly enjoyed it!