Peak(s):  Humboldt Peak  -  14,064 feet
Post Date:  04/01/2011
Date Climbed:   07/15/2010
Posted By:  kweeks


 A Walk in the Hills.  

Me and T money set out to climb our first Fourteener. We drove to the South Cololny Lakes trailhead from Westcliffe, CO around 11 am. We planned to hike to the lakes, camp and then climb the next day.

It was a great day to be hiking in the Sangres, not too hot, and not stormy. We took our time along the trail.

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Our first glimps of Crestone Needle

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Looking East towards the valley.

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Humboldt's South Face


It was a very peaceful hike up to the lakes. Once we got to Lower South Colony Lake, we began to look for good spots to camp.

I think we found a decent one.
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The rest of our night was spent relaxing and enjoying the sunset.

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T Money

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One of my favorite pictures from the trip.

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Seeing how far my camera could zoom.


We also ate like kings.

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Ramen


We woke up at 4:00 am to start our hike. We wanted to gain some altitude to watch the sun rise.

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around 4:50 am. Crestone Needle and Peak


We had made it to the saddle when the sun poked over the horizon. The alpenglow was incredible.

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Alpenglow.

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The Rest of the Hike to the summit went by quickly. We were the first to summit that day. And the view was amazing! We couldn't have asked for a better day to be up in the mountains.

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The rest of the hike....

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South, Blanca area.

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West

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North. Mt. Adams, Horn Peak ....

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I liked this one too.

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East

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Summit Register

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After walking around on the summit for a good half hour and signing the summit register, we began to head back to camp.

We had missed most of the scenery on the way up because it was so dark, but took it in on the way back down.

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upper South Colony Lake

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Covered In Columbines

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The Marmots were everywhere.




Once we got back to camp, we packed up and headed back to the car, and Westcliffe for lunch at the Hunger Buster.

With our first fourteener under our belts, we couldn't wait until we could climb again.



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  • Comments or Questions
MtnHub


Beautiful!
04/02/2011 12:46
Good job, guys! I suppose now you're bitten by the 14er bug. Happy climbing!


DScott49


Great Pics!
04/04/2011 18:45
You got some really great pictures. Looked more like a summer hike than the first day of April. Congratulations!

Dr. Dave


kweeks


Thanks!
04/04/2011 18:50
It was actually a July Hike, I have only just gotten around to writing a report.Thank you though! It was a fun Hike.


cszakhem

Nice Post
04/06/2011 02:56
Looks like a great hike and what wonderful scenery!


Michael York


Purty
04/06/2011 05:45
Nice pics, great read... looks like a killer time.



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