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 Peak(s):  Kit Carson Peak  -  14,165 feet
Kat Carson - 13,980 feet
"Kitty Kat Carson"  -  13,980 feet
Challenger Point  -  14,081 feet
 Post Date:  08/03/2009 Modified: 10/03/2013
 Date Climbed:   08/02/2009
 Posted By:  mountainmicah83

 North Ridge Kit Carson 4th Class Action   

I had in mind that I wanted to Climb Kit Carson and Challenger this weekend after doing the Crestone Traverse and Humboldt a few weeks ago. Steve had out a post on climbing connection for any takers on the N. Ridge route of Kit Carson. I hadn't thought of that way eventually but with a little contemplation, I decided I was ready for the Challenge. My friend "ImNotHeySean" (Sean), agreed to join up after missing out on the Crestones and I told Steve that we would meet him and a guy from Saguache County Search and Rescue, Mike, at the base of Willow lake at 5 AM on Sunday with plans for Kit Carson, Kat Carson/Columbia Pt, Kitty Kat Carson, and Challenger Point. ...
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  • Comments or Questions
BAUMGARA


Sick climb     2011-02-04 17:22:16
It was awesome watchin ya‘ll come up the N.ridge of KC as we were coming up Challenger, your silhouettes stuck out pretty good. Feel free to toss my pics in the mix. Oh and email me for full size pics.
great climb.



CarpeDM


I‘m jealous     2009-08-04 07:42:41
I so want to do that ridge some time. I‘ll be up there in about a week but will probably do the standard route. But I‘ll be back. Nice report! The fun you guys have always jumps right off the computer screen.


mountainmicah83


RE: ---     2009-08-04 08:01:50
Baumgara,
Thanks for posting the pics. I will PM you for full size.

CarpeDM- I‘m glad the fun communicates through words. Just so you know... That standard route up challenger pt is a nasty mother! Good luck!


benners


Good Work     2009-08-04 09:22:47
getting the N. Ridge as well as a few surrounding peaks, this ridge definitely makes Kit more interesting no?


mountainmicah83


Re: Benners     2009-08-04 09:28:43
Thanks. That ridge was fun the entire way. Great holds all over and pretty solid conglomerate! Much better than the nastiness of challenger pt standard route.


zoriloco


Looks like a great hike     2009-08-04 10:36:24
Great report guys. Thanks for sharing.


mattpayne11


Plaque     2009-08-04 11:20:44
Glad I‘m not the only one that could not find the plaque. How did you like the route from the top of the outward bound coulior to the top of Columbia Pt? Did you take the 1st gully up to the shark fin?


mountainmicah83


Re: Plaque     2009-08-04 11:40:04
Actually, that picture of Mike was on top of the shark fin! That route was fun and easy after coming up KC‘s ridge. Looking up the face I came down more to the left of the shark fin on the return by almost 100yds. Fun climbing, that‘s fo sho.


JA_son27


Always tempted..     2009-08-04 16:51:59
I‘ve always been tempted to take a celebratory shot on the summit, but I‘m a lightweight and would probably end up buzzed up there and fall off!


stevevets689


Nice job!     2009-08-04 17:15:49
On the write up, Micah! And thanks for coming along, I think you guys helped make a really great team to do this route. I will be posting my own version of the trip at some point soon.


Chris P.


Amazing climb     2010-11-30 10:28:48
That route was great. It was fun climbing with you guys. How did Mike's route end up?


mountainmicah83


Re: Amazing Climb     2009-08-06 08:51:44
Mike ended up catching up with us right above the waterfall while we were filtering water. It seems like he had a great route like us. We are doing the LB/Blanca traverse on Sun via the NW Face if you are interested. I have more pics of you if you email me.

Steve: I can‘t wait to see your report. Thanks for putting this together.


dneckels

Funny     2009-08-09 08:52:15
trip report, thanks!
I love that ridge, just did it this summer, coolness.


Sangre Mike


Photos?     2009-08-09 12:43:16
Hi Micah,

Thanks for posting your TR. I‘d like to swap photos with you from the trip. Did you get any full-res shots from Baumgara that he took from Challenger? My email is zarmot at yahoo dot com.


Sangre Mike


Mike‘s Route     2009-08-09 12:51:30
To answer Chris P‘s question above, I followed the crest of the Willow Lake drainage east (over the top of ”Obstruction Peak”) and then north along the main crest of the Sangres. The north face/ridge of Obstruction has the loosest rock I‘ve seen anywhere in the Sangres, but the nasty talus turns back into the usual good Crestone conglomerate lower down, as the ridge becomes more defined. This section has several gendarmes and towers that can be climbed at about 5.4. I eventually made it to the base of one tower that looked 5.7 or 5.8 -- since I was solo with no rope and no idea of what I might be looking at on the far side of the tower, I chose to bail off the ridge rather than face the possibility of having to back up and free-solo downclimb a 5.8 pitch.

I hope to return (with gear) and link up the section of ridge from Mt. Adams to the point that I descended from. I‘m working on a project to traverse all of the ridges in the central Sangres, and this is one section that I have yet to complete!


mountainmicah83


Re: Photos     2009-08-10 07:27:42
Email sent Mike!



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