|Peak:||Crestone Needle (14er)|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Info:||09/30/2020|
With wonderful weather as our companion my partner, Lana Christiansen, and I successfully completed the "list of 58." We needed and used microspikes and ice axes for the last 200 vertical feet of the ascent/descent to/from Broken Hand Pass. At the crossover point we had a short conference and decided we would take the east gully all the way. We did and both agreed that if one is comfortable with 4th Class climbing this way is just fine. On the summit the feeling of elation for completing our 6-year journey was overwhelming. We descended the east gully and found it nicely cairned, many of which we hadn't been able to spot on our ascent. This is a fabulous peak and certainly ranks as one of our favorites of all the 58. Special thanks to Bill Middlebrook and Gerry Roach for their excellent work and thanks be to a God who heard and answered our prayers.
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