Ascent of Crestone Needle on 2010-08-01
|Date:||Sunday, August 1, 2010|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||14197 ft / 4327 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI climbed the Needle with my hiking buddy, Sandy. The original goal was Crestone Peak, but I neglected to bring my Roach 14ers book with me, so we wandered around looking for the route to the Peak before giving up on that and going up the Needle instead. We were not disappointed. It was good to get in some class 3 scrambling. The views were great, and though the weather was pretty lousy the previous days, it was fine when we were up there. Unfortunately, we learned later that a couple from Texas died in a fall from the Needle a few days prior. Custer County SAR sent in helicopters to Upper Colony Lake to recover the bodies, just as we were breaking camp at Lower Colony Lake after the climb.
|Summary Total Data|
| Quality:||8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles, Tent Camp|
| Nights Spent:||2 nights away from roads|
| Weather:||Cool, Partly Cloudy|
| Route:||South Colony/Broken Hand Pass|
| Start Trailhead:||South Colony Road |
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