Peak:  Columbia Point (13er)
 Route:  Columbia and Obstruction from the East
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  Dad Mike
 Date of Info:  12/21/2016
 Date Posted:  12/29/2016
 Details

-started at Spanish Creek Trailhead at 5:45am
-trail starts on the south side of the creek...not the north side like it says in Roach's book
-was able to locate the trail with cairns and some trail tape...helped that I had been up this way in winter once before
-put snowshoes on around 10,000' and wore them until I got to the bottom of the couloir
-snow in the couloir was unconsolidated, but not very deep...I found very little avy danger...I opted to stay on the rocks just left of the couloir to avoid wallowing
-trickiest climbing of the day was from the top of the couloir to the summit of Columbia Point...starts with a tricky traverse on icy rock...then up a narrow gully...2 down-climbs and some easy route finding on a class 3 face get you to the summit
-the ridge up and over Kitty Kat and Obstruction is a non-issue
-the hike down Bear's Playground was awesome with Crestone Peak towering over my left shoulder and the Carson group to my right
-connected back with my trench and cruised back down to the road
-back at my jeep at 3:45pm...10 hours, 12.5 miles, 6100 feet



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