Peak(s):  Humboldt Peak  -  14,064 feet
Date Posted:  08/03/2008
Date Climbed:   07/26/2008
Author:  Uffda
 South Colony Blitz (Part 2)  

Day 3 - 7/26/08 - Humboldt Peak

We started the day at the "usual" time with grand plans of tackling Kit Carson, Challenger and Humboldt. There are only a few trip reports detailing KC/Challenger climbs from South Colony and certain members of our group were about to find out why.

The climb up to the west ridge of Humboldt was uneventful. When we reached the ridge the sun was still below the horizon, so Andy, John, Len and I elected to summit Humboldt first. The route over to KC from this point is not well defined. Frank was going to wait at the saddle since he had already bagged Humboldt.

The climb up to Humboldt was supposed to be easy, but the previous day's climb was definitely taking its toll today. After countless breaks to catch our breath, we made it to the top at about 6:30 (with Andy of course beating us again). We took our time on the summit resting and getting some great shots of the Crestones. Andy started heading down before the rest of us to meet up with Frank and continue the route.

The Crestones as seen from Humboldt - Needle on the left, Peak on the right

The Blanca group about 30 miles to the south

Pikes Peak way out in the distance

John and Len resting on top

I was tired, but I made it!

Back at the low point of the ridge, the three of us decided to forego KC/Challenger and return to camp. The rest of the route looked like a very long hike from that point and none of us felt up to it. We passed about a dozen people on the way back down and took a nice long rest break at Upper South Colony Lake. The view of the Crestones from here is amazing.


We returned to camp at about 9 and spent a relaxing morning and afternoon hanging around. John decided he wasn't up for the Needle on Sunday and decided to pack out and hitch a ride back to Denver.

After several hours in camp Len and I were starting to get worried about Frank and Andy. The weather higher up was looking threatening and the afternoon was waning fast. Finally at about 4, Andy made it back. He had caught up with Frank and they managed to summit KC but were quickly driven off by a growing storm. Frank was about an hour behind Andy on the return.

From what they told me, the hike to KC from South Colony sounds pretty grueling. The route is not well defined, and traversing multiple subpeaks is required. Plus, a bighorn sheep ram that almost charged Frank. I think I'll try those peaks from the Willow Lakes side instead.

Strangely enough the rain mostly stayed away on Saturday. Once again we gorged ourselves on Mountain House and got an early bedtime.

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 Comments or Questions

Which size of lens did you use?
08/04/2008 17:29
Which size of lens did you use to take the first picture of the Crestones with ? Nice piccie.


Re: Which size of lens did you use?
08/04/2008 21:44
It was just my little point-and-shoot. I was amazed by the contrast I got in that shot.

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