Peak:  Challenger Point (14er)
 Route:  North Slope
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  pboldt94
 Date of Info:  01/18/2021
 Date Posted:  01/19/2021
Details

Was able to skin from the trailhead to about 10,000 I would say. Had to walk ski's ~1 mile until snow reappeared up the trail. There are sections where there is absolutely no snow. Once I reached about 10,750, was able to skin all the way above the lake. to about 11,500-12,000. I would recommend skinning or snow snow-shoeing if possible. There were a lot of post-hole tracks from 10,000-11,500, especially near the lake. The north face is still relatively bare, but avalanche risk is obviously something to be cautious of. Saw clear signs of small avalanches that had occurred. Once to the ridgeline at 13,700, it has snow and dry spots that vary. Recommend crampons or yaktracks for 12,000 feet to summit. Higher winds were apparent at ridgeline.


Comments or Questions
Will_E
User
Thanks
01/19/2021 14:54
Challenger is on my radar, thanks!


supranihilest
User
Pics
01/19/2021 17:12
Any pictures of the north face or above the lake? Or any of Kit Carson Avenue? Thanks!


pboldt94
Re: Pics
01/19/2021 21:44
@supranihilest : just sent a direct message of photos. Hope that helps.


dweiss45
Pics
01/20/2021 22:52
Any pics of Willow Lake? Waterfalls fat and frozen?


pboldt94
re: pics
01/21/2021 15:00
@dweiss45 Lake and waterfalls are frozen. There were tracks on the lake but I opted for the normal route on the left side. I'll send DM of lake and waterfall.



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