Peak(s):  Crestone Peak  -  14,294 feet
Crestone Needle  -  14,197 feet
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Date Climbed:   08/23/2005
Author:  tomdoz
 Peak and Needle  

This report is for those of you who are are not thirty year-old studs and are wondering if you can do both the Needle and the Peak in one day. I am sixty years old and summited both peaks with my daughter by the standard routes on August 23. We left our tent at South Colony Lakes at 5:30, did the standard route on the Needle, climbed back down to Broken Hand Pass, descended to Cottonwood Lake and climbed into the Red Couloir and summited the Peak. On the way down we stopped and had lunch at the lake then climbed back up the pass and were back to our tent around 2:30. It is a strenuous workout but very doable by any experienced climber as long as the weather cooperates.

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