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 Peak:  Crestone Peak (14er)
 Route:  South Face / Red Gully
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  dmccool
 Date of Information:  06/11/2011
 Date Posted:  06/12/2011
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The climb up Broken Hand Pass was very solid snow early in the morning. There is boot pack through the snow field and up the couloir to the top of the Pass. The descent to Cottonwood Lake to is completely snow free. The Red Gully was a mixed bag of solid snow, ice, and rushing water (on top of snow and underneath it). The top of the Red Gully holds solid snow, but is a pretty steep snow climb. Be very careful on the downclimb of both the Gully and BH Pass in late morning/early afternoon because the snow is getting pretty soft.


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  • Comments or Questions
tmathews

Needle     2011-06-12 19:54:33
Didn't get the Needle this time?


dmccool


Needle     2011-06-12 20:40:01
No. I didn't have a partner, so I bailed. I'm happy with the Peak, though. TR is on its way.


tmathews

No partner?     2011-06-12 20:42:20
I thought there was one or two people that were going to be out there with you.

Congrats on the Peak. It's not an easy climb with mixed conditions.


14ologyst


good call     2011-06-19 07:52:52
that edge is very intimidating. i bagged the NEEDLE solo in '05 and thought i could cross to the Peak for a two-for-one deal. i looked at that monster and thought ”i want to live another day”
as DIRTY HARRY said ”every man has got to know his limitations”
i will bag that Peak this year.
thank you fro the inspiration.


14ologyst


good call     2011-06-19 07:53:11
that edge is very intimidating. i bagged the NEEDLE solo in '05 and thought i could cross to the Peak for a two-for-one deal. i looked at that monster and thought ”i want to live another day”
as DIRTY HARRY said ”every man has got to know his limitations”
i will bag that Peak this year.
thank you fro the inspiration.



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