Peak(s):  Crestone Peak  -  14,294 feet
Date Posted:  07/17/2012
Date Climbed:   07/17/2012
Author:  Headwall5
Additional Members:   Mike Abernathy
 North Buttress of Crestone Peak  

We got out of Mike's car at 5:30AM after making it only a half a mile up South Colony Lake Road. It was in way worse condition this year than last year. We hiked up past Upper South Colony Lake and took a scree gully to the Crestone/Humboldt saddle.
This saddle are gave us an opportunity to check out the North Buttress route and admire these amazing peaks.
We hiked up to where the Northeast Couloir and North Buttress routes split.
The North Buttress offered 800 feet of awesome class 3 scrambling.
When we were below Northeast Crestone we traversed right on a heavily exposed ledge to a crack that we used to summit Northeast Crestone.
Northeast Crestone is an amazing summit, East Crestone looked intense.
We had a class 5.0 down climb to get to the red notch then we could go up to Crestone Peak.
We did the down climb and summited Crestone Peak at 10:58AM.
Some whether started to move in and we had to opt out of the traverse.
We went down the Northeast Couloir and got to the car at 2:45PM. This route is awesome, I can't say enough good things about it, I would highly recommend it!

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 Comments or Questions

Very Balsy
07/18/2012 02:21
You guys never used any pro? I thought a route like that was possible up there judging by the angle but would never do it myself. You guys are crazy, and so young to have that kind of grit, but young guys are bullit proof right! Hats off to y'all for pulling it off!


07/18/2012 02:27
I didn't ever feel the need to be roped up, the climbing got no harder than 5.0. The key to the route was just making sure you know where you are on the mountain because there's a lot of harder terrain very close by. Its a beautiful climb though, my second favorite day in the mountains; behind the Bells Traverse.


07/18/2012 03:49
Awesome TR. Sweet route


Great Pictures
07/18/2012 03:56
Looks like an awesome climb. Good job guys!


Nice climb and a great route!
07/18/2012 16:52
H5 -- You're on quite a roll and your recent TR posts have been fun to view and read. Keep it up.


Great Climb
07/18/2012 14:51
Put on a helmet.


07/18/2012 15:03
Good job guys... this post brought back a flood of memories of ascents done in similar fashion. Keep in mind (without sounding like a parent, but rather a voice thatís made the broken bone helicopter call) and respect the understanding of your mental and physical limitations. My firm belief is that there is some element of probability and statistics associated with mountaineering as well, so a piece set here or there is cheap, admirable and quick insurance. As you already know, climbing contains the gift and the curse... and their both for keeps. NOTHING BUT LOVE... thanks for sharing!


Another vote...
07/19/2012 00:23
...for the helmets.


07/19/2012 07:36
You guys are freakin studs.

Keep on Keepin on!


Thanks everyone!
07/27/2012 02:17
Thanks for all the support, I agree with the helmet thing, my mistake, won't happen again.

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