Peak:  Crestone Needle (14er)
 Route:  South Face
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  paulbarish
 Date of Info:  01/04/2021
 Date Posted:  01/05/2021

Went from cottonwood creek TH. The first mile or so is well travelled and then I broke trail from there. I'm happy with my line because although this is a rough approach I didn't have to deal with the slabs I've read about. There is about 800' vert of boulderfield that is harsh tho. I camped around 11,400' and it was a perfect spot for the next day. I took the East gully all the way up and the crux rock section is dry. In fact it was so warm on the way up I was bare handed! The snow was surprisingly stable in the gully although it's mostly avoidable. Overall the route is in great shape, sometimes I made a wrong turn and my descent tracks are better, sometimes not. Someone should take advantage of my trench! It's a great climb!

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 Comments or Questions

Nice work
01/05/2021 06:25
The needle is great in winter, great work!


01/05/2021 06:52
Picture #6 is a classic shot, Needle is a great peak in winter. Any photos from the summit looking north towards other Sangre peaks?


01/05/2021 07:12
Will E thanks I‘m stoked about it!

JthechemE i got one of humbolt looking pretty bare but that‘s it. I‘m new to posting stuff Ill figure out how to send it to you cuz it says I can only post 15 pics


01/05/2021 07:15
Sorry I don‘t have any of the northern peaks, I must have been tired lol I posted one of Crestone peak tho


01/05/2021 18:41
Nice job Paul - congrats!


01/05/2021 21:09
Very nice work! What tent did you use? How was the final ascent? Slippery?

Excellent report
01/05/2021 22:40
Nice work.
That certainly is a wonderful area, even more so with the snow.


01/08/2021 10:13
And c0nki11ers I used a black Diamond first lite which I love for this kind of thing. And as for the slipperiness of the final ascent i would say it wasn‘t bad, just normal snowy rock

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