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Ascent of Crestone Needle on 2017-08-20

Climber: Nick Logel

Others in Party:Michael Underwood
Date:Sunday, August 20, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Crestone Needle
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14197 ft / 4327 m

Ascent Trip Report

Successful ascent up the Ellingwood Arete via direct start. Two parties in front of us knocking tons of rock down route. Very scary almost bailed but rockfall improved once out of direct start. Lots of soloing easy 5th class up featured conglomerate rock. Route finding on 4th and 5th class ledges tricky. Only 2 or 3 good climbing pitches. A little underwhelmed for a 50 classic. Still fun day out.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4297 ft / 1309 m
    Round-Trip Distance:22 mi / 35.4 km
    Route:Ellingwood Arete
    Trailhead:South Colony TH  9900 ft / 3017 m
    Grade/Class:5.7 III
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Rope, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
No rain until we made it back to camp



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