Peak(s):  Crestone Peak  -  14,294 feet
Crestone Needle  -  14,197 feet
Post Date:  07/16/2013
Date Climbed:   07/13/2013
Posted By:  jbchalk

 The Crestone Traverse   

I haven't sen any recent Crestone Traverse reports, so I thought I would post a link to a trip report I put together of our scramble this past Saturday. Hopefully, the pics & text give a good idea of current conditions if you are planning to do this traverse. Hope you enjoy and here is the link below:

Crestone Traverse



  • Comments or Questions

Nice one, Brandon!     07/16/2013 17:27
Glad you were able to finally get it!

Also love the Villa Ridge shots. That is a fun one.


Nice     07/16/2013 19:48
I had a really rough time with the class 5 section last year. I'd like to hit it again sometime to get my revenge. Glad to see you guys had no problem with it.

ETA: Can you make the pics a little bigger? They look kinda small on my screen.


Thanks Brandon     07/16/2013 19:31
Hoping to do this route soon, appreciate the beta. Looks like a blast. Nice work!


Larger pics     07/16/2013 19:56
Dan - if you click on the picture, you will get a full sized version...

Joel Moore

Thanks for the Beta     07/16/2013 20:56
The information and pictures for the black gendarme are much appreciated as that was where my climbing partner and I missed the route on in 2011, did a full navigation of the lower ravines after that before hitting the standard Needle route. Planning on going back again this year.

Thank you!


Thanks, fellas.     07/16/2013 21:46
Jay, thanks for the comments. Hope you are doing great.

Dan/Jeff/Joel, happy to hear this can be of some use for you guys. Jeff, I'm sure you'll love the scrambling. Joel, I hear ya on getting turned around below that gendarme. Dan, yeah, like Jay said, just click on the pics for bigger versions.


Awesome!     07/16/2013 23:52
I have been obsessed with this route after finally seeing it. Man, I need to get back up to the Crestones!


THANKS     07/19/2013 20:46
I was just looking for a report on this.


Thanks!     08/23/2013 21:47
Yo Brandon....thanks for the great TR! Anthony and I followed it this week, it was spot on and very helpful. Hope you're doing well.


Nice Jason!     08/23/2013 23:08
Heck yea man! Congrats to you two rockstars! Well done. Glad the TR helped out!


Awesome.     07/22/2014 17:24
Great report (and website). My wife and I are looking to tackle the Crestones, this summer, but I have not decided how I feel about that final class 4 stretch on the Needle. I am leaning towards doing them seperately and in the same day, then eventually going back for the traverse.


Slayer...     07/22/2014 17:35
Thanks for the comments. Much appreciated. While only class 4, yes, that summit pitch is quite airy and exposed. I just climbed the Ellingwood Arete on the Needle this past weekend and felt that class 4 pitch is more exposed than any of the unroped scrambling on the Arete. You can always go back for more Crestone rock!

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