Peak:  Crestone Peak (14er)
 Route:  North Buttress
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  tmathews
 Date of Info:  06/23/2012
 Date Posted:  06/25/2012

The north buttress route is mostly snow-free as are the routes up "Northeast Crestone" and "East Crestone". There is a bit of lingering snow at the top of the northwest couloir that we avoided by climbing up the rock on the right side of the couloir. In speaking with people who came up the standard (south/red gully) route, any snow left is completely avoidable. Traverse to the Needle is dry as well.

 Comments or Questions

Red Gully
06/25/2012 15:11
I'm assuming that BHP still has a short section of snow at the top for which an axe and/or spikes would be helpful?

Does anyone know if the remaining snow in the Red Gully forces you onto more difficult terrain. In other words, would you still rate it class 3?




RE: Red Gully
06/25/2012 15:56
It didn't sound like the remaining snow in the red gully forced anyone onto more difficult terrain based on the info we were given. There is a couple of short sections of snow on BHP, but we were able to find our way around most of it. There is an icy patch at the constriction on BHP, though. Since we did not have any snow tools, we squeezed through a notch to the climber's left (on the way down). It's pretty narrow and we had to take off our packs to get through it, but it avoided the ice altogether.

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