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 Peak(s):  Crestone Needle  -  14,197 feet
 Post Date:  06/28/2005
 Date Climbed:   06/27/2005
 Posted By:  Tommy Dorr

 6/27/05 Crestone Needle S. Face via Broken Hand Pass   

Hi boys and girls!

My brother and I climbed Crestone Needles S. Face via Broken Hand Pass from South Colony Lake Road on 6/27/05. We started at the gate at about 11,000 ft. at 6:15am and summited at 11:00am. Some minor snowfields start right after the gate, but nothing to worry about. We didnt post hole, nor did we have any need for crampons or ice axe. However, crampons would have been useful in the last stretch right before Broken Hand Pass, but we had no problem without them. There is some trail reconstruction to look out for on both sides of Broken Hand Pass.

We took the main gully up the Needle, but we stayed to the right of the actual couloir itself. We found that it was easier not to take the rib over to the second gully, but to stay in the main one. At this time, there is still snow and ice in the main gully, but you dont have to climb up any of it. You can just stay to the right of it entirely. All in all, it is one of the best climbs Ive ever done and it has an amazing finish line.
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