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STRAIGHT ARROW: A second attempt at Kit Carson Peak

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Straight Arrow

By Gene Culver

On July 14, 2000, Bonnie and I drove from Lake City, Colo., to the small town of Crestone on the west side of the Sangre De Cristo mountain range to make another attempt at 14,165-foot Kit Carson Peak.

We had turned back in 1999 when a steep, frozen snowfield blocked the narrow ledge system that gave easy access to a scree-filled couloir on the east side of the mountain. We didn’t have the right gear for a safe crossing, so we had turned back.


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