Peak(s):  Kit Carson Peak  -  14,165 feet
Challenger Point  -  14,081 feet
Date Posted:  08/24/2008
Modified:  12/08/2015
Date Climbed:   08/23/2008
Author:  benners

 Kit Carson: North Ridge from Willow Lake  

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 Comments or Questions
Bio Nerd

nice ascent!
02/05/2011 00:22

Good job on your North Ridge ascent...wonderful photos.

We ran into you guys on the Avenue as you were heading to that first small notch just before the summit pitch. The group of 12 you mentioned arrived at the bottom of the summit pitch just as we arrived back from the summit; that‘s us you photographed on the KC summit. Note the person with the outstretched arms...I have the ”reciprocal” shot taken at 10:14 a.m.

I have one photo of you and your partner...send me a PM with an email address, and I‘ll email it to you.


great route!
08/25/2008 03:19
This route is certainly one of the better 14er climbs I‘ve done so far.
We had extra pucker factor with a mix of snow/hail/some verglas from the previous night‘s storm one late September!

congrat‘s on a classic


Nice job!
08/25/2008 03:29
Looks like there‘s halfway descent rock on that route. When I climbed it back in the day it was still a wintery wonderland. I liked the cairn!


How was the swim?
01/19/2011 03:38
Last summer, Willow Lake had the warmest water of any I dared jump into.
You guys make this route look easy.
Thanks for the great pics. Consider me sold.


So sad I had to miss this...
08/25/2008 14:59
because it looks amazing! Let‘s get on that next trip soon before we run out of time! ;)


08/25/2008 15:49
The ledge you used near the summit avoids the crux of the route, which I felt was low 5. Nice find and great pics!


11/30/2010 17:28
Bio Nerd - PM Sent
d_baker, pappy - You guys climbed this route with snow on it??
del_sur - It was frigid, definately comparable to the other lakes we've jumped in this summer.
jonno - We can always just go do it again!
doumall - That kinda sucks

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