Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 42
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Where the Butte is Crested
    Posts
    3,340

    TR: Crestone Needle (11 April 2010)

    Nothing like beginning my fourteener skiing season with a bang! Crestone Needle was hot on my list of fourteeners to hit early in the spring last year, before my desires were thwarted after tearing my ACL in February. This season, I knew that things would be the same- Crestone Needle is typically one of the quickest lines to melt out and usually has to be skied early in the spring. I've had my eye on skiing this peak since early March. But, the proper weather windows just weren't there until this past week, and I was quick to snatch up the opportunity.



    I spoke with my mom on the phone the night before. "I'm skiing my first fourteener in two years tomorrow. It's a pretty big one." Pause. "Can't you start with something easier?" "I don't really have any easy ones left, except for Pikes Peak." I tried to justify skiing the Needle to my mom as much as I was justifying it to myself. After laying eyes for the first time on the Needle 4 years ago, my jaw dropped upon gazing up at it's 55-degree slopes. I knew what I was about to face. My mom hesitated, "Is your knee really ready for this?" "Mom, it's not like I haven't been climbing and skiing mountains all winter. I've been getting out there. Maybe the peaks I've been on haven't been fourteeners. But, really, when it comes down to it, a few hundred feet isn't a huge difference." I was ready. It had been too long since I had been on top of a fourteen-thousand foot peak!



    Goldenboy and I headed down on Saturday afternoon, leaving enough time to check out the trailhead and make sure that snowmobiles could be used up the South Colony Lakes road. After venturing up the road a ways, we confirmed this, though the snow was melting fast in the lower pitches. We headed back to Westcliffe and met up with our friends Ivana Huckalot, cjw, and AgaveAfish, who would also be joining us the next day.

    The next morning began before dawn. The snowmobile ride went smoothly. And before we knew it, we were standing at South Colony Lakes with Crestone Needle towering above us.


    Our ski route, the South Couloir, was on the other side, so we crossed over Broken Hand Pass.




    After reaching the top of Broken Hand Pass, we said goodbye to Ivana Huckalot, who decided to head over to Crestone Peak after seeing that the Needle looked a bit thin.


    The rest of us made the traverse over to the Needle.


    The traverse involved a few rock maneuvers.




    From there, the route was a nice couloir climb.


    As much as I enjoyed the climb, I was happy to be on the summit of my first fourteener in two years.


    The views were amazing.




    AgaveAfish and I.


    Skiing from the summit was adventurous.


    goldenboy.






    Me.




    A little straightline through an ice fall.




    We followed our route back to Broken Hand pass.



    Photo courtesy of Chris Webster

    At Broken Hand Pass, we reunited with Ivana Huckalot. Ivana and goldenboy continued up Broken Hand Peak to ski a line that Frank has had his eye on for years.



    But, that's another TR

    Crestone Needle was my 46th fourteener skied. Eight more left!

    For more details and more pics, check out my blog!
    Last edited by mtnbikerskierchick; 04-13-2010 at 09:16 AM.
    -
    14erskiers.com

    "Don't be afraid of the spaces between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so." - Belva Davis

    "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle"--Albert Einstein

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Movin' On
    Posts
    2,639
    You guys make it look easy! Congrats on an amazing ski descent and a very strong showing for your first 14 in 2 years (and your 46th 14er)!



    Side note- I've climbed some harder (more technical) 14ers- Soloed Capitol when it required crampons and an axe, climbed Pyramid and several others. I lead ice climbs regularly in the winter months....I climbed the Needle this past fall in wet conditions and I don't think I've ever been so sketched on a mountain in CO. Something about the water running down that couloir really freaked me out. I'm very impressed that you guys did so well up there. Congrats again and thanks for sharing!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    9,300ft
    Posts
    18,622
    great work! looks fun!
    Quote Originally Posted by blurred
    skiing is hiking all day so that you can ski on shitty gear for 5 minutes.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Reno
    Posts
    2,420
    Wow, that is an amazing looking ski! Nice work!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbikerskierchick View Post
    Donjoy to the World!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    On a fixed grip somewhere
    Posts
    1,989
    nice work. I climbed the needle when I was 15 and remember being quite scared at times. Can't really comprehend skiing it, but it looks fantastic.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Eagle County
    Posts
    12,314
    congrats on getting back on that 14er horse. Keep on keeping on.
    ROLL TIDE ROLL

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    CO-RTF Mothership Lookout tower
    Posts
    244
    Solid work MBSC! I'm looking forward to the party on Pikes this spring.
    Quote Originally Posted by Edgnar
    I'm the best fucking snowboarder on this forum!
    Fuck that! I'm way better than you Edgnar. Once I finish whacking my pole I'm gonna huck this shit hudge cause I'm the best fucking snowboarder on this forum!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Posts
    12,791
    Beautiful, and congrats on being back on the 14er quest. Keep up the strong work!

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    San Francisco
    Posts
    2,573
    god I miss the sangre de cristos, such a sweet range
    Three fundamentals of every extreme skier, total disregard for personal saftey, amphetamines, and lots and lots of malt liquor......-jack handy

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    2,354
    Quote Originally Posted by soul_skier View Post
    god I miss the sangre de cristos, such a sweet range
    when were you there?

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    8.6K
    Posts
    525
    Back at it! So good to see you knocking down that list again.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    JeffCo
    Posts
    975
    Good to see you back indeed. Keep it up

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Eagle, CO
    Posts
    2,253
    And off she goes!!!!! Yeah Brittany!

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    9,617
    I love that valley. THat conglomerate rock is so fun for climbing too. I've climbed the needle twice but need to get up there in the winter sometime.

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Fraggle Rock, CO
    Posts
    6,148
    Thanks for that! You gotta love the South Colony Lakes area!
    Brandine: Now Cletus, if I catch you with pig lipstick on your collar one more time you ain't gonna be allowed to sleep in the barn no more!
    Cletus: Duly noted.

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    tourin BC
    Posts
    2,777
    Soooo, you couldn't just huck that??? only joking. That guy that's always hanging around you sure has his uses, trail breaker, camera man, guinea pig, etc etc. But does this mean he will have done them all twice???
    9 14"ers in one spring? you can do it!!!
    We, the RATBAGGERS, formally axcept our duty is to trigger avalaches on all skiers ...

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Where the Butte is Crested
    Posts
    3,340
    ^^^ Hahaha! Goldenboy's not doing them all twice, just a few of them. We've skied 30+ of them together so far! But, he might not have bothered with skiing all the 14ers had he not met me! I do enjoy his trail-breaking capabilities though I thinks that's the only reason I keep him around...

    9 14ers in one season is not hard. I've done over 20 in one season before. But, the ones I have left require very particular weather windows and I may not be able to complete them this year because of that, as the weather seems to be off to a poor start this spring. We shall see!
    -
    14erskiers.com

    "Don't be afraid of the spaces between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so." - Belva Davis

    "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle"--Albert Einstein

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    10
    That is pretty sweet. The exit looks pretty wild. Looks like an epic day.

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    denver
    Posts
    1,864
    It must feel doubly good to get back into the high peaks after last year. Way to go.
    I can't believe you are a rando racer because I look so much better in Lycra than you.

    People who don't think the Earth is flat haven't skied Vail.

  20. #20
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Posts
    146
    Nice work, glad to see you out there on top of the world again.

  21. #21
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Tahoe
    Posts
    13,530
    sweet, as always.

  22. #22
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Whitefish
    Posts
    4,524
    This TR is thoroughly lacking in suck.

  23. #23
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Denver
    Posts
    2,055
    Very nice Brittany. Great to see you getting back out there.

  24. #24
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    3,177
    Congratulations on that one, best of luck this spring, wishing you good fortune.
    "The skis just popped me up out of the snow and I went screaming down the hill on a high better than any heroin junkie." She Ra

  25. #25
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    The Ranch
    Posts
    3,715
    Fine work by all involved, great beta in there too. What's left on the list now? Take your time too, no rush, the mountains aren't going anywhere, I mean if you finish them this year great, if not there's always next year or the year after. I set my goal to complete them by the year 2020, so the pressure is off.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •