Peak(s):  Crestone Needle  -  14,197 feet
Date Posted:  08/23/2009
Modified:  12/08/2015
Date Climbed:   08/20/2009
Author:  benners
 Crestone Needle: Ellingwood Arete Direct Start  

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 Comments or Questions

06/02/2011 14:57
Sweet climb. Nice job.

Daniel Trugman

Great work; great report.
08/23/2009 23:32
Good job you two. Ellingwood Ledges is one of the coolest lines that I‘ve had the oppurtunity to climb (though I‘m told by Crestone knob-climbing veterans that The Prow is way better). Awesome rope too!


just missed you Ben
08/24/2009 01:42
we were down there yesterday and today (music pass today actually), for some nonstop scrambling. Nice work man, thats an incredible route on an iconic, mesmerizing mountain.


08/24/2009 03:55
Great TR! After being up there a couple weeks ago, and just starting to get into alpine trad, I‘m dying to get up there and hit this route! Now I just need to find someone with some more experience, willing to take me under his/her wing!


Direct Start
08/24/2009 20:05
Nice Ben, fun route huh. Your jog left on the final direct start pitch is actually what I saw three other parties do there. Jordan and I stayed in the book, which required navigating that wierd wet dihedral. Looks like similar quality climbing either way. Nice Report.


Nice climb guys!
05/02/2011 14:23
Looks like fun. I‘m looking forward to checking that route out sometime. That‘s a pretty fancy rope you‘ve got in your quiver Tom. Hope you made Ben carry it .


My Neon Bright Rope!
08/26/2009 04:31
Yeah, a few comments on my neon rope! It‘s my 80m ice rope (a 9.1mm Sterling Nano) that I bought for long ice routes. A longer rope means fewer, who wants to fiddle with a belay at -10, no?? Actually it was the only decent light alpine rope I had laying around...

Anyway, Ben‘s a great guy and a super partner. We had a great time and I highly recommend the route...but only with a neon rope!


Nice rope X 2
08/26/2009 21:54
I was definitely admiring it. Nice pics and report Ben. Want to climb it again some time ?

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