Ascent of Crestone Peak on 2013-08-25

Climber: Chris Jaquet

Others in Party:Mike Cornelius
Craig Spring
Date:Sunday, August 25, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Crestone Peak
    Elevation:14294 ft / 4356 m

Ascent Trip Report

up at 4, breakfast and on the trail at 5 sharp. top of broken hand pass by 6AM and down to cottonwood lake. quick snack at the lake and we were on time and on route ascending the red gully. about 3/4 of the way up the red gully we notice a large bank of white clouds approaching the Sangre's from the west in the San Luis Valley and know we will not have visibility for long. By the time we are at the summit ridge visibility is reduced to about 15 feet. this may have made the summit ridge scramble either more, or less exciting. You don't have to see exposure to feel its presence though. (funny I had the same experience on an Attempt at Challenger point back in 2004). After snacks and congrats on the summit (but no views unfortunately) we descended back down to where the traverse starts. We dabbled with the traverse to Crestone peak and ultimately turned back to descend the red gully due to lack of confidence in the weather. Later we found out that we had completed 1/3 of the traverse exactly on route despite the poor visibility. Reluctantly, we descended to cottonwood lake and went back up broken hand pass. Sat down for lunch and Craig and I decided to tackle the standard route on Crestone Needle. Mike didn't have it in him and headed back down to camp with another climbing party...
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Rope, Tent Camp
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
wall of white clouds coming at you
Ascent Part of Trip: Crestones 2013 (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Humboldt Peak2013-08-24 
2Crestone Peak2013-08-25 
3Crestone Needle2013-08-25 

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