|Peak:||Kit Carson Peak (14er)|
|Route:||South Coolie from Spanish Creek|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Posted By:||I Man|
|Date of Information:||02/03/2013|
We used the Spanish Creek approach to go for Kit Carson and Challenger yesterday. The "TH" is non existent, difficult to find and on private property...but the local Sheriff says the owner‘s don‘t mind a few travelers in winter.
There was very little snow at first, and getting into the canyon and past the National Forest boundary is the route finding crux. Luckily 2 teams had been in the day before and we were able to follow tracks. We did not start until after 6am due to the route finding difficulties.
Snowshoes are needed once you enter the burn area but the trench was excellent. The upper basin is as beautiful as any I have seen.
The South Colouir on Kit is fairly mellow and was filled in with snow. The climbing was easy. Some used snowshoes, others used crampons. The gully up to kit is completely filled in with snow. All 4 climbers made the summit. The weather was beautiful until the afternoon when the winds picked up and clouds rolled in.
The avenue is in spring condition now. Some parties might want a rope. 2 of us crossed the avenue and bagged Challenger. I thought this was the crux of the day.
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