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Peak(s):  Crestone Peak  -  14,294 feet
Post Date:  08/10/2011
Date Climbed:   08/06/2011
Posted By:  apasquel


 Crestone Peak   

Group:
Alfonso Pasquel (me)
Sean Moore
Matt Fisher
Brian Wilkinson

Drove from Justin (Ft. Worth), TX to South Colony TH overnight. We left on Thursday evening after a night with family. We left near 10 pm central time and arrived at the TH around 8 a.m.

8/5/11
We parked at the lower TH (8780 ft) and began our hike up to camp. We followed the high clearance road passed the official TH where the TH Kiosk and the wooden bridge are, and made it up to the S. Colony trail/Humboldt-Upper Colony Lake junction trail is. We decided to take upper colony trail up because we knew it was shorter way to get to camp. We made it up to the lakes and we decided to cross the creek to find a place to camp. We found what we decided was the best spot to camp and set up shop. Our camp was at 11,690 ft where we stayed put to acclimate. It took us about 5 hours to get to camp from the lower TH.

8/6/11
Crestone Peak
TH (where junction sign to Crestone Needle near the creek) start: 5:15 a.m.
Elevation start: 11,685 ft
Summit: 10:15 a.m.
Back to TH: 3:45 p.m.
Total time: 10:30
Rested at cottonwood lake for 45 minutes
Distance: 5 mile roundtrip
Total elevation gain +/-: 7,578 ft.

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Our group Matt, Sean, Brian, and Alf (me)

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trail junction sign, we went on the upper trail...it was shorter route than standard

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right beloq Broken Hand Pass...fun scrambling

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Me before our ascent up the red gully

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What the scrambling looks like up the red gully

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the final pitch was the most fun, and probably the most exposure...

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me on the summit of the peak

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  • Comments or Questions
Eric Stave


Broekn Hand Pass     2011-08-11 14:56:28
Great pics! I was the guy from Sacramento slogging back up Broken Hand Pass chatting with you that this was better than Dallas weather. Excellent job.


apasquel


Broken Hand Pass     2011-08-11 15:40:59
Ah yes, I remember you...how was the the rest of the hike back down...you guys looked like you were enjoying your hike. I can't say the same for two of the guys in my group...they were hurting pretty bad.


Eric Stave


Broken Hand Pass     2011-08-11 15:51:09
We were on your heels going very slow to camp. Then I got the ”bright” idea to do the 4.5 mile death march to the car...brutal followed by a 3 hour drive to Denver. You made a great accomplishment doing the Crestones, especially having 8 or so 14ers under your belt.


apasquel


Broken Hand Pass     2011-08-12 06:28:54
Man...Now you guys worked!!! I couldn't imagine hiking another 4.5 miles down. We were done!



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