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 Peak(s):  Kit Carson Peak  -  14,165 feet
 Post Date:  06/05/2012 Modified: 06/06/2012
 Date Climbed:   06/03/2012
 Posted By:  jjust

 Kit Carson Peak: The Prow   

Kit Carson Peak: The Prow (Narrative Trip Report and Photos)


 


  • Comments or Questions (19)
jameseroni


That is     2012-06-05 00:48:34
Very Very cool. Is Ellingwood Ledges dry, or did you see? Overall dry conditions it appears?

Nice TR.


jjust


Thanks     2012-06-05 01:02:41
Hey James, thanks for watching. We did the climb car to car from Spanish Creek, so I don't know what S. Colony is like. However, I would assume it is open to the standard Rainbow Trailhead. Very dry conditions throughout the range. I did Ellingwood Aręte a few years back, and although I didn't get a close look I would imagine it is already good to go. Good luck and have fun. Post a report when you are back.


apasquel


good work!     2012-06-05 07:05:55
Looks like you guys had an awesome day...congrats!


jjust


Thanks apasquel.     2012-06-05 09:55:54
An awesome day indeed. Good weather and good climbing.


kushrocks


Sweetness     2012-06-05 10:09:44
Awesome, I didnt even know that route existed. James lets go do that.


Monster5


Cool video!     2012-06-05 10:51:23
I like the music as well - that conglomerate makes for some fun climbing.

Looks like you're the ones I met up on Arkansas.


snyderde

Good work     2012-06-05 10:58:05
Nice Video! I am looking to hike Challenger and Kit Carson this weekend. Did you get to see what the conditions look like at the saddle?


seano732


Awesome!     2012-06-05 11:01:56
GREAT job, sweet vid, strong work! Quick question about the 'R' rating. Is it runout continuously, or just on the crux pitch? And how would you compare it difficulty wise to ellingwood arete? Thanks, and congrats. Peace.


jjust


Thanks     2012-06-05 11:15:10
Monster5: The conglomerate is fun. Yep, Jeff and I were on top of Arkansas with you a few weeks ago.

Snyderde: The saddle between Kit Carson and Challenger (top of Kirk Couloir) has started to melt out and was relatively clear. However, there was definitely still snow on Kit Carson Avenue. If I had to cross it, I would have wanted and axe and crampons.

seano732: We thought the whole ridge was run out including the crux. However, the climbing gets easier and easier the higher you get on The Prow, so once you are through the crux the rest doesn't seem as bad since the hard climbing is behind you. The crux on The Prow ( 5.8 ) is harder than anything on Ellingwood Arete including the final 5.7 headwall pitch. (I guess the grades of the two routes make that obvious.) However, after the first 100', the climbing is much easier, fun, and more continuous than Ellingwood.


crossfitter


Very nice     2012-06-05 15:36:46
How was the approach overall? All that deadfall looks pretty tedious to navigate. Definitely hope to have time to fit this one in.


ulvetano


love it     2012-06-05 16:29:36
nice work.


Brian C


Awesome video!     2012-06-05 18:30:49
and ever better climb!! One I hope to do someday. Thanks for posting.


jjust


Thanks again.     2012-06-05 18:42:41
Crossfitter: the approach really isn't too bad. There is a climber/use trail all the way from the road to the upper basin. The key is obviously to not lose it in the dark like we did. The deadfall is a bit annoying, but it is relatively well cairned.

Thanks for the comment ulvetano!

Brian C. Definately go for it. A very memorable route.


Kevin Baker


Nice!     2012-06-05 23:24:27
Nice piece of work, James! You really have put together some cool vids over the years. I've gawked at the Prow from many angles and it's on my list to climb someday. Thanks for posting!


summitbound



Excellent!!     2012-06-06 09:51:21
Nice job James and Crew.. way to get it done! Thanks for putting the video together, really enjoyed it


jjust


Kevin/Summit bound     2012-06-06 09:55:05
I appreciate the comments. I don't create videos for all of my hikes, but some of them (like this one) seem more worthy of a little extra effort and marketing.


Jason Halladay


First pitch     2012-08-02 07:47:46
Nice one James! Cool video and impressive write-up. Kudos. On the first pitch, after the overhang, you guys stayed straight/left. The two times I've climbed that pitch we headed right after the initial moves because both Roach and Dawson suggest heading right ”to avoid a bulge”. I've found the right direction a bit more exciting than 5.6. How was it going straight/left?


jjust


Jason     2012-08-02 08:19:40
Thanks Jason. Hmmm? Bulge? I would say that we avoided any bulge and cleared it by going left. The line we took sounds similar to the route you have climbed on the right. It had a few moves that certainly seemed harder than 5.6 and it was steeper than any other secion of the route.


Jason Halladay


Verified     2012-08-04 12:31:31
Thanks James. For completeness, I climbed the Prow again yesterday and we stayed straight/left where you guys climbed and it was much more enjoyable and aesthetic. It's the best way to go, IMO.



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