Peak(s):  Kit Carson Peak  -  14,167 feet
Date Posted:  01/27/2016
Date Climbed:   01/23/2016
Author:  dillonsarnelli
 The Spanish Creek Redemption - Winter Kit Carson   

The Spanish Creek Redemption - Winter Kit Carson

Peak: Kit Carson Peak (14,165')
Date: January 23, 2016
Trailhead: Spanish Creek (8,260')
Distance: ~11 miles
Elevation Gain: ~6,000 ft.
Participants: Natalie Moran, Dillon Sarnelli
Time: 16 hours

Spanish Creek. For 48 hours it remained untouched this winter until a brave and unsuspecting foursome went to work during the wee hours of Christmas Eve. By noon we weren't even approaching treeline. We never stood a chance. For the next 30 days Spanish Creek would remain untouched. Keep reading...

The Spanish Creek Redemption - Winter Kit Carsonn

The Spanish Creek Redemption - Winter Kit Carson

Comments or Questions
01/27/2016 07:59
You just keep killin' it, Dillon. Great pics, great narrative. Like always....

Damn straight!
01/27/2016 08:35
Great trip report! and the pictures are fantastic. Sounds like you made some good decisions and had a great time.

very cool!
01/27/2016 08:52
Was your partner able to ski back down the gully?

Well Done!
01/27/2016 09:30
Very well done on the climb and your report. Entertaining, and liked the two old school movie quotes.

Solid work, you guys!
01/27/2016 09:56
Tax time break. Great pics and narrative as usual, Dill! Thanks for sharing!

01/27/2016 13:49
If your name is mentioned in a Dillon TR does that make you famous? Way to earn it dude, nice work!

01/27/2016 15:05
Great report as usual

01/27/2016 18:57
After being mocked constantly last year, I've given up on skiing above the treeline in winter and just treat my skis as snowshoes on steroids. Skis were parked at the bottom of the South gully and I didn't regret that at all.

Great photos and report, Dillon. Still, no avenue? 8)

Nice, Dilly
01/27/2016 22:47
I saw a bunch of pretty pictures, but really, all I really took out of this TR is that you owe me two waters. Nice grunt, yo.

summer is coming
01/28/2016 08:41
Jay - You the man. Thanks! Just trying to not fall of the wagon this tax season.

Liv - thanks for reading! Agreed. Also gives me a good reason to see willow lake in the snow someday.

Alexey - thanks! Conditions were a little rough for skiing. There was enough cover in the gully, but the snow was bulletproof a lot of the way. Natalie slummed it with me after treeline.

Shawn - haha. thanks man! Yo, bartender, Jobu needs a refill.

Doug - thanks! yep, exactly. I paid for it this week though!

Danny - haha. There's a few other criteria! like being one of 3 people on 14ers with 2 million vert per year. Ward does gives you bonus points though. You also need to know the 10th rule of mountain club. Most people don't number 9, so you're getting warmer.

Eric - thanks! Great to hear from you. Been too long man!

Natalie - you don't need no stinking skis! And apparently you don't need an Avenue to get Challenger. Nice work!

Ryan, yo - stay thirsty my friend. When we finally sit down for these beverages, it's going to be a wild party. We should bring Steph. I hear she'll out drink all of us.

Good read
01/30/2016 09:30
We had a Shawshank Redemption and Major Leagues quote in one TR, impressed. Nice work out there.

02/03/2016 15:55
we sure did. Thanks man!

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