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Kit Carson Peak / Challenger Point
Elevation: 14,165 / 14,081 feet
Mileage: 11.6 miles
Vertical Gain: 6,300 feet
Route: West Ridge / North Slopes

August 22 - 23rd, 2003

Kit Carson Peak is the northern most fourteener in the Sangre De Cristo Range. Kit Carson can be climbed from the east side from South Colony Lake, or approached from the west from the Willow Lake approach. Kit Carson has 2 subpeaks, Challenger Point and Columbia Point, both named in remembrance of the two space shuttle explosions. Not wanting to contend with the South Colony Lake Road again, we opted to use the Willow Lake approach for our climb of Kit Carson Peak and Challenger Point.


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