Peak(s):  Challenger Point  -  14,086 feet
Kit Carson Peak  -  14,167 feet
Date Posted:  02/26/2014
Date Climbed:   02/23/2014
Author:  Yikes
Additional Members:   Mickeys Grenade, robco
 Up for a challenge on Challenger   

At a loss for words. So enjoy the pictures.

Special thanks to SarahT, Dominic and I Man for some great trench work.

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Rob and Jeff early in the hike

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Rob practicing with snowshoes on wood before the deadfall zone

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After a hideous descent

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Heading towards camp (furthest trees)

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Looking down valley

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Jeff's Kitchen

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Rob enjoying camp

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Jeff prepping for go-time

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Crestone Peak

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Heading to the South Gully

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Start of the South Gully

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Upwards

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Looking back at Jeff and Rob leaving the gully

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Start of the avenue

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Rob styling his 8000m gear

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Jim working the crux downclimb

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Rob in the mountains

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Rob contemplating the crux

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Avenue post-crux

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Steep cross slope

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Avenue

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Up to the high point

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Dropping down to the saddle

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Rob heading up Challenger

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Looking back at KC

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Finally.... Challenger!!!!

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Heading back to the Avenue

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Up from the saddle

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Avenue descent

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Jeff claiming his 2nd KC snowflake!!!

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Yikes enjoying the views from KC

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Crestones and more

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Dropping down the KC gully; pretty steep

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Anyone want the North Gully?

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A few tricky spots

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Reaching the bottom of the high gully

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Nearing treeline

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Looking up at the start of the route



Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38


Comments or Questions
scramble
User
i hope there are grenades in jeff's kitchen
02/27/2014 12:55
fun pics, looks like a good time! (except pic #18 )


BostonBD
User
Excellent
02/27/2014 16:25
Well done and great team work. Hard to pick a favorite photo. 15,18,23,28,33 & 34 are all awesome.


sunny1
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Strong work!
02/27/2014 16:47
Great pics, tell the story well. Beautiful scenery.
My favorite is #6, Jeff's kitchen. That rocks!
Congrats to all!


SarahT
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Congrats guys!
02/27/2014 17:21
Glad you made it! Those south facing slopes don't look too bad in your pictures, in stark contrast to the east facing one on Columbia Point that turned us around. Afterwards I heard from someone who said they once watched that entire East Face peel off from Obstruction Peak!

Jeff - two free trenches up Spanish Creek is my limit, gonna have to start charging for any more


jmanner
User
This is...
02/27/2014 17:42
...a great report. I really enjoyed reading it.


Jay521
User
If a picture is worth a thousand words...
02/27/2014 17:57
... then this report deserves a spot in the library. Excellent documentary of what looks like a pretty tough day. Kudos to you all.


blindmule
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Challenge is a bit of an understatement
02/27/2014 18:46
Looks like some really tough going. Animals.......the whole lot of you. Nice work fellers. Kudos to the other group on the assist.


jeremycu
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Nice job.
02/27/2014 20:36
#28 is great.


Mickeys Grenade
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Don't go into Spanish Creek....
02/28/2014 01:31
....unless Sarah's team goes first
Thanks Jim and Rob for being strong partners. I appreciate the trench work by Sarah, Dominic, and Matt.

Sarah - Sounds like I owe you a six pack of Grenades and some trench work. I would be more then happy to pay the trench tariff


nyker
User
Nice trip!
03/29/2014 05:22
Great shots, felt like I was there!



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