|Peak:||Crestone Needle (14er)|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Information:||06/10/2012|
We climbed the standard route on the Needle yesterday, June 10th. There were a few short snow traverses on the trail to BHP with a largish one leading to the constriction. An axe was enough, traction optional. Above the constriction the route was free of snow. The East gully has some water/ice, but it was avoidable. The Class 4 direct East gully route had a ribbon of hard snow/ice. We took the standard route via the west gully. Again there was minor, avoidable ice.
Remainder of route to the summit was dry.
I did the climb in Trail Runners.
Jenny will be putting up a TR later today with pictures and further information.