Peak:  Crestone Peak (14er)
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  sinyala1
 Date of Info:  09/24/2011
 Date Posted:  09/29/2011

Hiked over Broken Hand pass on Friday, 9/23, climbed Crestone Peak and traversed to Crestone Needle on 9/24. The weekend weather was very fine, routes were almost completely free of previous weekend's snow, except for a couple small patches of snow in the gully alongside the Black Gendarme and the top several hundred feet of Broken Hand pass on the North Side of course. Even so, Broken Hand was negotiable with heavy packs and no ice axes or crampons, but I would recommend real hiking boots, as in Vibram soles or equivalent. The same is true for the small amount of snow in the gully on the traverse, though you can climb around most of this on rock. No ropes or equipment were used on the traverse, just hiking boots. As advertised, the last hundred feet on Crestone Needle was lower 5th class climbing with lots of exposure, easy for a rock climber, but a rope might be required for novices or those who fear height! Enjoy the Crestones while you can, snow will be coming soon.

-Chris Wilcox-

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