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I've heard about the north ridge route on Kit Carson for a while, and have been interested in trying it. After having done the Crestones traverse last weekend, I found the upper half of the summit crux pitch up the Needle to be a bit more intense than I was expecting--for a 4th class route, it seemed to have pretty small and difficult holds for a few dozen feet. I was wondering if anyone who's done both routes could compare this section to the toughest parts of KC's route, or even the overall difficulties of both routes. Thanks in advance!
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The up-climb on the final stretch to the Needle (when doing the traverse from the Peak) is comparable to the N ridge on Kit, imo.
The N ridge route is probably more sustained, exposed scrambling, but slightly less of an angle than the crux pitch on the Needle.
The N ridge is also equal in rock quality.
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I agree with Darin's assessment. Spot on.
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The N Ridge of KC is easier and way more fun!
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Thanks, guys. I actually had the same question, and came upon this thread. I might try the N Ridge of Kit Carson for practice before I attempt the Crestones traverse.
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