Peak:  Challenger Point (Unranked 14er)
 Route:  North Slope
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  dfralick07
 Date of Info:  09/13/2020
 Date Posted:  09/15/2020

I don't normally post PCRs or TRs, but there were so many people ill prepared attempting to get up Challenger's north slopes, I decided it might help someone this time.

The gully up to 13,900' has 6" to 48" of snow in it. Do not attempt this climb, this week, unless you have winter boots, crampons, and an ice axe. Once at the top of the gully, the ridge to the Challenger Point summit is fairly clear, no crampons needed.

The downclimb to the top of the Kirk Coulior/the saddle to Kit Carson is fairly snow free, if you stay on the ridgeline. At this point you are going to want to put the crampons back on, as the KC Avenue has a minimum of 48" of snow against the wall, sloped straight to the cliff, the entire Avenue. Once you get to the upclimb on the backside of KC, no crampons or spikes are needed to the summit.

P.S. don't forget about snow glare. Bring sunscreen. My face is purple...

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Comments or Questions
Sneaky Hike
09/15/2020 11:58
Good looking out. Did these two this summer and there were quite a few unprepared folks then too. Not enough water and not well enough aware of the route.

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