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Leap of Faith on Crestone Needle

Postby zxbraves » Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:23 pm

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Re: Leap of Faith on Crestone Needle

Postby Wish I lived in CO » Mon Aug 06, 2012 5:19 am

Unless I'm mistaken, that sure looks like the bottom of the cross-over from the west to east gulleys on the return down. To the down-climber's left would be the di-hedral upon landing.

Anyway, I seriously thought of doing that myself. Instead I did a modified version of it where I placed my left foot on a relatively wide foot hold and stepped over quickly in a committing fashion. Would never try that with more exposure; but here it's only 6 or 8 feet down (yeh ok, that's still enough for a bad day).

I haven't done Pyramid yet, so wonder how others rate / compare that more famed "lead of faith"
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Re: Leap of Faith on Crestone Needle

Postby metalmountain » Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:41 am

Wish I lived in CO wrote:Unless I'm mistaken, that sure looks like the bottom of the cross-over from the west to east gulleys on the return down. To the down-climber's left would be the di-hedral upon landing.

Anyway, I seriously thought of doing that myself. Instead I did a modified version of it where I placed my left foot on a relatively wide foot hold and stepped over quickly in a committing fashion. Would never try that with more exposure; but here it's only 6 or 8 feet down (yeh ok, that's still enough for a bad day).

I haven't done Pyramid yet, so wonder how others rate / compare that more famed "lead of faith"



The Leap of Faith on Pyramid is grossly overrated. If you are over 6 foot tall its more of a step over, and even if not the exposure is nothing like what the pictures make it out to be. One small little hop and you are over it. I felt like the move on the Needle actually required a little thought, while the leap on Pyramid was really not an issue in the least.
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Re: Leap of Faith on Crestone Needle

Postby forbins_mtn » Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:49 am

i just did Pyramid yesterday, and was really disappointed in the leap of faith. L.A.M.E.

I was hoping to sweat a little bit and get a fast heart rate just looking at it. It's a step over, and I'm 5'9"

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Re: Leap of Faith on Crestone Needle

Postby djkest » Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:13 am

On saturday the "step over" move was a little interesting coming down... perhaps the "crux" of the downclimb. I was eventually able to stretch out and gently lower my foot to solid ground. It was pretty anti-climactic. I thought about jumping but it would have been awkward.
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Re: Leap of Faith on Crestone Needle

Postby susanjoypaul » Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:41 am

Wish I lived in CO wrote:I haven't done Pyramid yet, so wonder how others rate / compare that more famed "lead of faith"

I did no leaping at all on Pyramid - or on Crestone Needle, for that matter - and I'm just 5'5".

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Re: Leap of Faith on Crestone Needle

Postby I Man » Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:46 am

metalmountain wrote:
Wish I lived in CO wrote:Unless I'm mistaken, that sure looks like the bottom of the cross-over from the west to east gulleys on the return down. To the down-climber's left would be the di-hedral upon landing.

Anyway, I seriously thought of doing that myself. Instead I did a modified version of it where I placed my left foot on a relatively wide foot hold and stepped over quickly in a committing fashion. Would never try that with more exposure; but here it's only 6 or 8 feet down (yeh ok, that's still enough for a bad day).

I haven't done Pyramid yet, so wonder how others rate / compare that more famed "lead of faith"



The Leap of Faith on Pyramid is grossly overrated. If you are over 6 foot tall its more of a step over, and even if not the exposure is nothing like what the pictures make it out to be. One small little hop and you are over it. I felt like the move on the Needle actually required a little thought, while the leap on Pyramid was really not an issue in the least.


What wasn't overrated on that mountain? I am still sort of shocked.

Anyway - good job this weekend, it was awesome to climb some peaks together instead of just rock :D

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Re: Leap of Faith on Crestone Needle

Postby SilverLynx » Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:54 pm

The standard route on the Needle felt like a playground to me. It's very consistent, mostly solid Class 3 from the first gully onward. The handholds reminded me of rock gym handholds. No leaping required. It feels more like you are "inside" of the mountain as opposed to skirting the "outside" of it like Longs.
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Re: Leap of Faith on Crestone Needle

Postby metalmountain » Mon Aug 06, 2012 2:09 pm

I Man wrote:
metalmountain wrote:
Wish I lived in CO wrote:Unless I'm mistaken, that sure looks like the bottom of the cross-over from the west to east gulleys on the return down. To the down-climber's left would be the di-hedral upon landing.

Anyway, I seriously thought of doing that myself. Instead I did a modified version of it where I placed my left foot on a relatively wide foot hold and stepped over quickly in a committing fashion. Would never try that with more exposure; but here it's only 6 or 8 feet down (yeh ok, that's still enough for a bad day).

I haven't done Pyramid yet, so wonder how others rate / compare that more famed "lead of faith"



The Leap of Faith on Pyramid is grossly overrated. If you are over 6 foot tall its more of a step over, and even if not the exposure is nothing like what the pictures make it out to be. One small little hop and you are over it. I felt like the move on the Needle actually required a little thought, while the leap on Pyramid was really not an issue in the least.


What wasn't overrated on that mountain? I am still sort of shocked.

Anyway - good job this weekend, it was awesome to climb some peaks together instead of just rock :D

We have unfinished business to take care of...



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Re: Leap of Faith on Crestone Needle

Postby dubsho3000 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:22 pm

I Man wrote:What wasn't overrated on that mountain? I am still sort of shocked.


The 1000' totally loose gully from hell

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Re: Leap of Faith on Crestone Needle

Postby I Man » Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:24 pm

dubsho3000 wrote:
I Man wrote:What wasn't overrated on that mountain? I am still sort of shocked.


The 1000' totally loose gully from hell


Agreed!

The first time I did it was in snow and all I kept thinking was "Wow - this is going to suck in the summer."

Descending from the ridge is without a doubt the crux of Pyramid.
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Re: Leap of Faith on Crestone Needle

Postby Taillon75 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:33 pm

Man! I cant believe I made it. So Extreme!
I hope everyone realized this is a joke!

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