Crestone Needle and Crestone Peak, L to R
In May, Sarah and I skied Humbolt Peak. We were treated to majestic views of the Crestones. In August later in the year, we used a clear weather forecast to do the Crestone Traverse, our second of the four notorious 14er traverses.
Challenger, Kit Carson, Crestone Peak, and Crestone Needle (L to R) as seen from Hwy 17
We got a very early start to give ourselves plenty of time to navigate the traverse. After climbing over Broken Hand Pass in the dark and ascending the Red Couloir at sunrise, we reached the summit of Crestone Peak at 7:30 A.M.
Kit Carson and Challenger to the north, including The Prow on the east side of Kit Carson.
Great Sand Dunes NP and the Blanca group to the south
Sarah enjoying the conglomerate rock on the traverse
two climbers on the traverse behind us finishing the Class 4 headwall on the Needle
Sarah and Andy on the summit of the Needle with the Peak behind us
Crestone Peak with Kit Carson in the background