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Jul 25 2008

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 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Crestone NeedleSouth, CO
South, CO
Climbing avatar Jul 25 2008
Jim_HTriplogs 2,007
Climbing5.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
Climbing5.00 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   0.91 mph
2,500 ft AEG
Solo III  • 3rd Excellent
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Crestone Needle is considered to be one of the hardest 14ers. It was definetly a challenge for me and a peak not to take lightly. It was also great fun and I loved it. Basically, you start at a trailhead and head up to a pass known as Broken Hand Pass, you than hike over to the bottom of a gully (the east gully) and climb up it to a traverse just below a dihedral at around 13,600'. The traverse is the crux of the climb and was hardest for me when descending. You then follow the west gully to the summit ridge and the summit of Crestone Needle at 14,197'. The two gullies are class 3 climbing on excellent conglomerate rock. You can follow the east gully to the summit ridge, but that is class 4 climbing. Pictures are worth about 4 paragraphs of detailed description....
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average hiking speed 0.91 mph

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.


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