I spent yesterday and today attempting Kit Carson. I didn't make the summit but have a few photos of the conditions. I hiked in to Willow Lake, spent the night, then attempted the couloir between Challenger and Kit Carson. The snow starts more-or-less at the upper stream crossing on the approach. I carried snowshoes but I didn't see anyone else carrying/using them. A few hardy souls did the entire Challenger slog yesterday (btw- if you dropped a Mountain Hardwear hat on your decent, I picked it up). Here's the view across Willow Lake:
View Across the Lake Here's the view of the colouir that stopped me:
From Top of Falls Looking up at Kit Carson Here's upper Willow Creek Basin:
Upper Wilow Creek Basin here's another view of Kit Carson and the coulouir:
From Top of Falls Looking up at Kit Carson And here's a lovely parting shot while leaving Crestone:
The View from Outside Crestone I carried Kathoola's and a Raven Ultralight axe, when I got in that coulouir though I wished I had a full sized axe and real crampons. I'm not entirely sure I would have continued anyway though, the thought of decending that crusty colouir didn't seem appetizing. Note to self- next year, wait till later in the season!