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'Bag O Stones' T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Crestone Peak / North Pillar T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Crestone Peak North Buttress T Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c PG13
Crestone Traverse T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b
Ellingwood Ledges T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
India T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Northwest Couloir T
Prow (Kit Carson), The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Septem Virtutum Anima Mea T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Type: Trad, Alpine, Grade II
FA: unknown
Page Views: 3,454 total, 18/month
Shared By: Furthermore on May 19, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

This is a very good couloir climb in late spring into early summer. When it melts out it becomes a class 3 scramble to the summit. From either Spanish Creek trail head, or South Colony Trailhead hike up to Bear's playground which is a massive plateau/saddle between Kit Carson Peak and Crestone Peak. From Bear's playground traverse around the north side of Crestone Peak until you reach a dominate snow couloir. When you reach the saddle at the top of the couloir, scramble to the right to the summit.

Protection

Just axes and crampons.

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I'll take a look at this couloir in a month. Hopefully, there'll be some snow. It's been a snowy spring so far. May 29, 2016
Jason Halladay
Los Alamos, NM
 
Jason Halladay   Los Alamos, NM  
 
I'm not a fan of this couloir. I've never found it in good condition on three trips up or down it in varying spring/summer months. Jun 16, 2009
Pete J. Lardy
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pete J. Lardy   Colorado Springs, Colorado
Great climb in a big place. I climbed this solo beginning of June 2006 and encountered a lot of loose rock with some ice and not much snow. I wished I had two axes for the down climb of WI 1-2. Because of all the loose rock it would be better to climb this with more snow and I wouldn't want to try to protect it, dragging a rope thru here would not be safe. Mar 10, 2009