Ascent of Crestone Peak-East Peak on 2019-09-21

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, September 21, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Crestone Peak-East Peak
    Elevation:14240 ft / 4340 m

Ascent Trip Report

See TR for Crestone Peak for information generally about the drive up and hiking etc....this report is ONLY to supply information for the county HP climb of the adjacent subpeak. So looking at Crestone East from Crestone - truthfully I was not thrilled. It looks daunting as a class 3 with a lot of exposure and a horrible gully. There are nice hard rock ribs that look easier but they are quite a downclimb to get to. Some rock climbers encouraged me to go check out the gully because they often look far steeper head on than they are in person. This is the case with this peak.

So hike down to the obvious red saddle. Enter the gully. The rock is pretty stable and the scree is not too bad (far easier than say Sneffles or Challenger) Hug the left wall as there area a lot of excellent hand holds and the gully is not as steep as it looks. This ends up mostly class 2 with some patches of class 2+. Before the gully ends climb the wall onto the slab that looked very steep from Crestone but again is much tamer than one expects and solid. Take the slab up to the obvious class 3 rock near the top and it is straight forward and not very exposed. Soon you will be on top. The amount of class 3 minimal and I do not know why some say this peak is harder climbing than Crestone. I found it to be no harder about the same. It just looks bad from a distance.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1000 ft / 304 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1054 ft / 320 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.8 mi / 12.6 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Beautiful day
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:60 ft / 18 m
    Loss on way in:114 ft / 34 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:descend to saddle then gully to slabs
    Start Trailhead:Crestone Peak  14294 ft / 4356 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:940 ft / 286 m
    Gain on way out:940 ft / 286 m
    Distance:7.7 mi / 12.4 km
Ascent Part of Trip: Crestone-1

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Crestone Peak2019-09-21 a5295 ft / 1614 m
2Crestone Peak-East Peak2019-09-21 b1000 ft / 305 m
Total Trip Gain: 6295 ft / 1919 m    Total Trip Loss: 1944 ft / 592 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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