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 Peak(s):  Crestone Needle  -  14,197 feet
 Post Date:  08/10/2011
 Date Climbed:   08/07/2011
 Posted By:  apasquel

 Crestone Needle   

8/7/11
Crestone Needle
TH start: 6:15 a.m.
Elevation start: 11,685 ft
Summit: 9:25 a.m.
Back to TH: 12:00 p.m.
Distance: 2.6 miles roundtrip
Total elevation gain +/-: 5024 ft

Matt and I climbed this peak. The other guys stayed behind (slept in).

This was the view from our camp..
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A friend that visited us in the morning before our ascent
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Trail up to Broken hand Pass. This trail has cairns all the way up, but you have to be aware and pay attention to the trail. Up on the scree slopes up to the pass, everything blends in. And if you start your hike before daylight, it can be tough to see...
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Here i am pointing towards my goal for the morning...
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Matt taking a breather on the trail
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This is what the scramble up Broken Hand Pass looks like
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Near Broken Hand Pass...the dirt and rock i super lose and it royally sucked. Definitely the worst par of the trail.
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Me on the West Side of the pass, making my way towards the Needle/East Gully. The West side of the mountain is green, colorful, and definitely easier terrain right before the gully climb.
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The needle was by far the coolest route of the weekend, I had so much fun climb this route. The rock was solid all the way up!!!



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  • Comments or Questions (2)
colokeith


Nice work     2011-08-11 16:50:32
We met you guys on the hike in to the lakes. Glad to see you made both your summits!!

Hope you enjoyed your time at the basin as much as we did!!


apasquel


Nice Work     2011-08-12 06:26:24
We did...it was a great time!



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