Peak(s):  Kit Carson Peak  -  14,165 feet
Date Posted:  06/05/2012
Modified:  06/06/2012
Date Climbed:   06/03/2012
Author:  jjust

 Kit Carson Peak: The Prow  

Kit Carson Peak: The Prow (Narrative Trip Report and Photos)


 Comments or Questions

That is
06/05/2012 06:48
Very Very cool. Is Ellingwood Ledges dry, or did you see? Overall dry conditions it appears?

Nice TR.


06/05/2012 07:02
Hey James, thanks for watching. We did the climb car to car from Spanish Creek, so I don't know what S. Colony is like. However, I would assume it is open to the standard Rainbow Trailhead. Very dry conditions throughout the range. I did Ellingwood Aręte a few years back, and although I didn't get a close look I would imagine it is already good to go. Good luck and have fun. Post a report when you are back.


good work!
06/05/2012 13:05
Looks like you guys had an awesome day...congrats!


Thanks apasquel.
06/05/2012 15:55
An awesome day indeed. Good weather and good climbing.


06/05/2012 16:09
Awesome, I didnt even know that route existed. James lets go do that.


Cool video!
06/05/2012 16:51
I like the music as well - that conglomerate makes for some fun climbing.

Looks like you're the ones I met up on Arkansas.


Good work
06/05/2012 16:58
Nice Video! I am looking to hike Challenger and Kit Carson this weekend. Did you get to see what the conditions look like at the saddle?


06/05/2012 17:01
GREAT job, sweet vid, strong work! Quick question about the 'R' rating. Is it runout continuously, or just on the crux pitch? And how would you compare it difficulty wise to ellingwood arete? Thanks, and congrats. Peace.


06/05/2012 17:15
Monster5: The conglomerate is fun. Yep, Jeff and I were on top of Arkansas with you a few weeks ago.

Snyderde: The saddle between Kit Carson and Challenger (top of Kirk Couloir) has started to melt out and was relatively clear. However, there was definitely still snow on Kit Carson Avenue. If I had to cross it, I would have wanted and axe and crampons.

seano732: We thought the whole ridge was run out including the crux. However, the climbing gets easier and easier the higher you get on The Prow, so once you are through the crux the rest doesn't seem as bad since the hard climbing is behind you. The crux on The Prow ( 5.8 ) is harder than anything on Ellingwood Arete including the final 5.7 headwall pitch. (I guess the grades of the two routes make that obvious.) However, after the first 100', the climbing is much easier, fun, and more continuous than Ellingwood.


Very nice
06/05/2012 21:36
How was the approach overall? All that deadfall looks pretty tedious to navigate. Definitely hope to have time to fit this one in.


love it
06/05/2012 22:29
nice work.

Brian C

Awesome video!
06/06/2012 00:30
and ever better climb!! One I hope to do someday. Thanks for posting.


Thanks again.
06/06/2012 00:42
Crossfitter: the approach really isn't too bad. There is a climber/use trail all the way from the road to the upper basin. The key is obviously to not lose it in the dark like we did. The deadfall is a bit annoying, but it is relatively well cairned.

Thanks for the comment ulvetano!

Brian C. Definately go for it. A very memorable route.

Kevin Baker

06/06/2012 05:24
Nice piece of work, James! You really have put together some cool vids over the years. I've gawked at the Prow from many angles and it's on my list to climb someday. Thanks for posting!


06/06/2012 15:51
Nice job James and Crew.. way to get it done! Thanks for putting the video together, really enjoyed it


Kevin/Summit bound
06/06/2012 15:55
I appreciate the comments. I don't create videos for all of my hikes, but some of them (like this one) seem more worthy of a little extra effort and marketing.

Jason Halladay

First pitch
08/02/2012 13:47
Nice one James! Cool video and impressive write-up. Kudos. On the first pitch, after the overhang, you guys stayed straight/left. The two times I've climbed that pitch we headed right after the initial moves because both Roach and Dawson suggest heading right ”to avoid a bulge”. I've found the right direction a bit more exciting than 5.6. How was it going straight/left?


08/02/2012 14:19
Thanks Jason. Hmmm? Bulge? I would say that we avoided any bulge and cleared it by going left. The line we took sounds similar to the route you have climbed on the right. It had a few moves that certainly seemed harder than 5.6 and it was steeper than any other secion of the route.

Jason Halladay

08/04/2012 18:31
Thanks James. For completeness, I climbed the Prow again yesterday and we stayed straight/left where you guys climbed and it was much more enjoyable and aesthetic. It's the best way to go, IMO.

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