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 Peak(s):  Kit Carson Peak  -  14,165 feet
"Prow, The"  -  13,980 feet
 Post Date:  09/13/2013 Modified: 10/04/2013
 Date Climbed:   09/07/2013
 Posted By:  strudolyubov
 Additional Members:   r_kalas

 Kit Carson Mountain - The Prow   

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 Route

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Route Map


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The "topo". Red - belayed pitches 1-4, light blue - simulclimbing; green - soloing/scrambling/hiking.


Spanish Creek Approach

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Crossing the blowdown area. The Prow is seen left of center.


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The Prow from the upper Spanish Creek drainage.


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Columbia Point and its South Ridge from camp.


The Prow

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Approaching the base of the Prow. Photo: Ryan.


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Looking up from the base of the route


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First two towers. We roped up at the base of the second tower.


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The initial gully leading to the base of the first small tower.


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Ryan scrambling up the gully.


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The traverse on the left side of the first small tower that gets you to the crux overhang.


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Rope-up point: the 5.8 crux overhang at the base of the first pitch.


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Looking up the first pitch above the crux overhang.


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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.


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Looking down from the middle of the first pitch.


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Ryan finishing the first pitch.


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Approaching the top of the tower on a second pitch. Photo: Ryan.


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Looking down the second pitch.


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Looking up the third pitch.


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Ryan finishing the third pitch.


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Leading the fourth pitch. Photo: Ryan.


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Looking down the fourth pitch.


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Pitch 5. Photo: Ryan.


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Challenger Point seen from below the high point on the Prow.


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South Ridge of Columbia Point (left) and Crestone Peak (right) as seen from the summit of the Prow.


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Pitch 6. The pitch starts on KC Avenue and follows the ridge to the summit.


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On the KC summit ridge. The Prow's high point is seen in the background (left).


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Crestone Peak and Needle seen from the summit of Kit Carson.


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Looking down the Class 4 descent route on the right side of the South Col.


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The lower and middle sections of the Prow seen on a descent.



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  • Comments or Questions
goingup


Ahhh -- mazing     2013-09-13 10:21:23
and well done.


d_baker


MIA, up until now!     2013-09-13 14:51:24
Just the other day I was wondering where & what you've been doing...and then you give us a couple of good reports, in your typical fashion.

Nice, informative reports, so thanks for posting!


strudolyubov

Thanks     2013-09-28 12:39:31
Thanks for your comments!

Goingup: Totally agree, the Prow is the ultimate Crestone climb, an amazing experience.

Darin: Thanks, just trying to catch up on the reports for this climbing season.



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