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 Peak:  Crestone Needle (14er)
 Route:  South Face
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  Iman86
 Date of Information:  06/10/2012
 Date Posted:  06/11/2012
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We climbed the standard route on the Needle yesterday, June 10th. There were a few short snow traverses on the trail to BHP with a largish one leading to the constriction. An axe was enough, traction optional. Above the constriction the route was free of snow. The East gully has some water/ice, but it was avoidable. The Class 4 direct East gully route had a ribbon of hard snow/ice. We took the standard route via the west gully. Again there was minor, avoidable ice.

Remainder of route to the summit was dry.

I did the climb in Trail Runners.

Jenny will be putting up a TR later today with pictures and further information.



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