|Peak:||Crestone Needle (14er)|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Info:||08/01/2020|
Cairns on the left side of the red gully going down will indicate the start (about at 13,700). Not bad route finding. Suggest downloading the GPS route for good measure. Class 5 move not too bad (especially if you have long legs). While not as physically demanding, I thought the knife edge ascent out of the class 5 gully was more terrifying due to shear exposure. Same with the final 50-100 of ascent riding the east cliff. SAR rescues occurred the Friday before. Be careful on the descent off Needle.
There are orange flags indicating the exit of the gully, but a hailstorm must've made visibility a problem for the people who were trapped. Pretty interesting to see waves of helicopters flying low over Broken Hand Pass.
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