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Ascent of Kit Carson Mountain on 2017-08-19

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Ryan Russ and Billy'; HC Laing and friend; Henrique;
Date:Saturday, August 19, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Kit Carson Mountain
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14165 ft / 4317 m

Ascent Trip Report

After tackling Challenger Point we headed over to do this high prominence peak next. The Alley is an interesting feature. It looks precarious from a distance and yes it does have some exposure but when the snow is melted out on the alley it is safe and fun. It is not class 3 anywhere along the alley.

The photos and views from the alley are outstanding. The alley heads up at a steep angle of say 30 degrees then swing around the backside of the peak to avoid class 5 rock and then heads down at 30 degrees on another alley that is also exposed but safe.
The route reports suggest going to the bottom of the alley and exiting at the rock fin and hike up the class 2 and class 2+ rock. We were done with lose scree. We saw another route before the standard route turn off at the fin. It is about 0.1 to 0.2 mile before the fin and is an easy class 3 with good rock all the way up. There are a few places where rock did dislodge so a climbing helmet is advisable. In fact, I would hike both peaks with head protections because the class 2+ rock on both moves and could hurt someone below.

This slightly alternate route up is much better than the class 2/2+ route and we climbed both up and back. The peak has fantastic views and has some very sharp knife edge ribs at the top. This has been one of my favorite 14ers.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1005 ft / 306 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5925 ft / 1804 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.8 mi / 12.5 km
    Grade/Class:2,2+, 3
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
60F beautiful
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:565 ft / 172 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 365 ft / 111 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Kit Carson Avenue to scramble
    Start Trailhead:saddle between peaks  13800 ft / 4206 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5725 ft / 1744 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 5285 ft / 1611 m; Extra: 440 ft / 134m
    Gain on way out:440 ft / 134 m
    Distance:7.3 mi / 11.7 km
    Route:reverse back down to Willow Lake
    End Trailhead:Willow Creek-Lake Parking  8880 ft / 2706 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Kit Carson (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Challenger Point2017-08-19 a5361 ft / 1634 m
2Kit Carson Mountain2017-08-19 b1005 ft / 306 m
Total Trip Gain: 6366 ft / 1940 m    Total Trip Loss: 6366 ft / 1940 m



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