Climbers: strudolyubov, r_kalas
Route: The Prow (YDS 5.8 R) from camp in the upper Spanish Creek drainage
Descent: South Gully
Date: Sept. 7, 2013
Trip Length: 10 miles RT
Elevation Gain: 5,800 ft.
Roped Pitches: 6
Gear: 70m 9.6mm rope, 1 set of BD stoppers, 1 set of BD cams to 2" plus a set of OP LinkCams, several shoulder-length and a few double-length slings.
The "topo". Red - belayed pitches 1-4, light blue - simulclimbing; green - soloing/scrambling/hiking.
Spanish Creek Approach
Crossing the blowdown area. The Prow is seen left of center.
The Prow from the upper Spanish Creek drainage.
Columbia Point and its South Ridge from camp.
Approaching the base of the Prow. Photo: Ryan.
Looking up from the base of the route
First two towers. We roped up at the base of the second tower.
The initial gully leading to the base of the first small tower.
Ryan scrambling up the gully.
The traverse on the left side of the first small tower that gets you to the crux overhang.
Rope-up point: the 5.8 crux overhang at the base of the first pitch.
Looking up the first pitch above the crux overhang.
Traversing to the right to bypass the roof. Do not traverse too far right, you quickly enter a 5.10+ territory with poor holds and no protection.
Looking down from the middle of the first pitch.
Ryan finishing the first pitch.
Approaching the top of the tower on a second pitch. Photo: Ryan.
Looking down the second pitch.
Looking up the third pitch.
Ryan finishing the third pitch.
Leading the fourth pitch. Photo: Ryan.
Looking down the fourth pitch.
Pitch 5. Photo: Ryan.
Challenger Point seen from below the high point on the Prow.
South Ridge of Columbia Point (left) and Crestone Peak (right) as seen from the summit of the Prow.
Pitch 6. The pitch starts on KC Avenue and follows the ridge to the summit.
On the KC summit ridge. The Prow's high point is seen in the background (left).
Crestone Peak and Needle seen from the summit of Kit Carson.
Looking down the Class 4 descent route on the right side of the South Col.
The lower and middle sections of the Prow seen on a descent.