Peak:  Challenger Point (14er)
 Route:  North Slope
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  climbingbiz
 Date of Info:  05/19/2012
 Date Posted:  05/20/2012

Trail is more or less dry to Willow lake. The snow in the up the north slope was nearly continuous to the ridge, with a few dry spots. Was able to glissade most of the way down.

The Avenue to Kit Carson was completely covered in snow, and snow in the second section was already very soft before noon. We turned back as it was unsafe to cross at the time.

Picture 1: Going up the north slope
Picture 2: Crossing the first portion of The Avenue
Picture 3: The second section of The Avenue, our turn around point

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3

 Comments or Questions
Matt Lemke

The same way for me...
05/20/2012 22:16
last year. Damn I should have told you the avenue would not go...I was just there a couple weeks ago and saw it. Maybe you would have done something else because now we both have to re-climb Challenger sometime to get Kit.


camping at Willow Lake
05/24/2012 03:58
What was the snow like at Willow Lake? Were there dry places to camp? I am considering spending several days up there with my family next week. Thanks.

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