|Peak:||Crestone Peak (14er)|
|Route:||South Face / Red Gully|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Information:||07/01/2011|
I climbed this on the 1st of July. There was a good freeze the night before and crampons and ax were a must to get up Broken Hand Pass. There are two snowfields in the red gully. I needed ax and crampons to get up but as the sun hit (9 am) it softened quickly.
I climbed the Needle on 7/2. It was much warmer the night before and crampons and ax were not necessary to get up to or down from Broken Hand Pass.
Things are melting fast.