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Ascent of Crestone Needle on 2010-08-01

Climber: Donnie Puckle

Date:Sunday, August 1, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Crestone Needle
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14197 ft / 4327 m

Ascent Trip Report

I 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
    Grade/Class:3
    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
Ascent Statistics
    Route:South Colony/Broken Hand Pass
    Start Trailhead:South Colony Road  
Descent Statistics



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