Peak:  Challenger Point (Unranked 14er)
 Route:  North Slope
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  Camden7
 Date of Info:  06/29/2021
 Date Posted:  06/29/2021
Details

We backpacked into willow lake and climbed Mt. Adams and Columbia Point, the two centennials that I missed on my blind 14 hunt, as I passed through this valley years ago... weather was challenging, with fog and clouds constantly blocking sunshine, and highs in the low 30s. Conditions were brutal. Several inches of fresh snow clogged everything above 13,300 feet. The 3rd class couloir up Columbia's tiny northwest face was coated in verglas, and choked with snow in many places. The Kit Carson Avenue was full of snow, and full on treacherous while frozen. Challenger's standard route is pretty good but has some unavoidable snow crossings. Mt. Adams was pretty bad, with a frustrating 8 inches of powder on its upper slopes. All in all, successful trip, but only because of lucky weather windows, and comfort/competence on serious terrain with snow and verglas.


Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) Challenger point with a very uninviting grey sky#2) Mt. Adams at sunrise#3) Sunrise from Challenger#4) Bighorn sheep#5) Crestone peak#6) Kit Carson Peak


Comments or Questions
van_w
Foto
07/01/2021 22:12
Nice job! Any pics?


Camden7
User
Sorry it took so long to get back...
07/27/2021 11:15
I have been so busy and haven‘t had a chance to check 14ers.com. I have a few nice photos to share. I will add them to the conditions update



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