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Ascent of Challenger Point on 2010-07-24

Climber: Donnie Puckle

Date:Saturday, July 24, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:Challenger Point
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14081 ft / 4291 m

Ascent Trip Report

Meetup.com trip. We backpacked in from below Willow Creek Trailhead and camped at Willow Lake on Jul 23. The mosquitoes were voracious. We left camp the next morning a little after 5AM, climbed up the talus slope to Challenger Point, arrived there around 8AM. Our leader did not want to bring his dogs up Kit Carson, so he headed down to camp. We continued on to the saddle, then followed Kit Carson Avenue to the gully that took us to the top. We hung out for a little while (it was windy, and there was a lot cloud cover, so there wasn't much to see) then returned to camp the way we came. One of the hikers had trouble with leg cramps, so it took him a lot longer to get back to camp. We spent one more night at Willow Lake, then hiked back down and returned to Denver on July 25. This was my first time in the Sangres.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:2+
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Route:From Willow Lake
    Start Trailhead:Willow Creek Trailhead  
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Kit Carson/Challenger (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Challenger Point2010-07-24 
2Kit Carson Mountain2010-07-24 



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