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Elevation (feet): 12,851
Elevation (meters): 3,917
Continent: Asia
Country: Turkey
Range/Region: Central Anatolia
Latitude: 38.5333
Longitude: 35.4667
Difficulty: Technical Climb
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1863
First successful climber(s): Dr. Fritz ?
Nearest major airport: Kayseri
Convenient Center: Kayseri

Trip Reports

There are 35 trip reports for Erciyes.

  • Log #8538 - by Dean Carpenter on May 06, 20043.00 stars
    A fierce class 3 it took 8 hours from south colony trailhead and back. Made a wrong move at the big crevice had to do some class 4 to get out. Hell of a view, I love the Sangre's. Their full of great...
  • Log #8539 - by leonard martinez on May 07, 20043.00 stars
    It started out as a beautiful Saturday. Clear blue sky. At about 1115hrs my son, ragnar(my golden), and I decided to take an atv ride up the south colony trail and go for a little hike. To make a...
  • Log #8540 - by Dan Bowers & Peter C. Key on May 08, 20043.00 stars
    Got hit by a rock. Helmets are key on Brokenhand pass.
  • Log #8541 - by Henderson on May 09, 20043.00 stars
    I camped out by the lakes, and it took me about 7-1/2 hours. The clouds were low, I felt bad, and I got off route quite a bit. The rock was not as solid as I would of liked, I would recommend a...
  • Log #8542 - by Derrick on May 10, 20043.00 stars
    Crestone knob climbing to me is the best fourteener experience. The Needle is one of the funnest climbs I've ever done. Broken Hand pass is a little frustrating, but it actually doesn't take that...
  • Log #8543 - by ROBERT HENSHAW on May 11, 20043.00 stars
    Scree on Broken Hand Pass tends to make you concerned about the route up the Needle. Route up needle very solid but if surface becomes wet can be very slippery.
  • Log #8544 - by Charles W. Miller Ph.D. on May 12, 20043.00 stars
    Went with professional guides and a group of 3 others. The guides wee too rambunctious and left the other hikers one by one; I was by far the oldest a age 54. I think we could have made it with more...
  • Log #8545 - by Mark Sokol on May 13, 20043.00 stars
    My partner and I climbed the Ellingwood Arete using the direct start from North Colony lake (5.4). We started at 6am and summited at 11:15am. It was a very successfull and brilliant climb. We only...
  • Log #8546 - by Tom Crosman on May 14, 20043.00 stars
    More fun in Feb. The basin by the lake is one big solar collector. Burn city. Snow cave about 12,500.
  • Log #8547 - by Jason Halladay on May 15, 20043.00 stars
    Myself and two others climbed the needle via the traverse from Crestone Peak. With a high camp in Spanish Creek were we able to climb the North Buttrees of Crestone Peak, do the traverse to the...
  • Log #8548 - by Michael Jake on May 16, 20043.00 stars
    Climbed Ellingwood Ledges (Arete) route with my friend Rob Shaw. We did the standard start up to the red tower, then scrambled up to the start of the 2 harder roped pitches. We used a topo from...
  • Log #8549 - by Jason Cleckler on May 17, 20043.00 stars
    We summited via the Ellingwood Arete which was an amazing climb. Watch out for the weather and the marmots.
  • Log #8551 - by Mike Brown on May 18, 20043.00 stars
    Awesome, best 14er I have done yet! Just steep enough to really mek you concentrate.
  • Log #8552 - by Jason Halladay on May 19, 20043.00 stars
    On May 24th, 2002 we climbed the Ellingwood Arete route. Temperature never got above freezing and it snowed on us making the day a long, cold one. The major cracks and moves were filled with ice and...
  • Log #8553 - by Steve Gladbach on May 20, 20043.00 stars
    John Hunyadi led all the pitches the Ellingwood Arete Direct for my 14th ascent of the Needle. I've climbed the 1st and second colouirs on the SW side, completed the traverse both to and from...
  • Log #8554 - by Chad on May 21, 20043.00 stars
    Moonlight ascend of Ellingwood Arete... well, at least an attempt. Started climbing when the sun started going down. Hit the ledges just as the moon started sneaking behind some storm clouds.
  • Log #8555 - by Rick Hoffman on May 22, 20043.00 stars
    I made this climb with my son, Mark. Just started the 14er's 2 years ago at age 50 and this was number 25 for me and 15 for him. It was a great trip on solid rock. Saw lightning by 10:30 on summit.
  • Log #8556 - by Dan Wiedrich on May 23, 20043.00 stars
    This is an awesome peak! I made it to the top of the Needle from lower south colony lake twice in 3 days. The 1st day we started going toward broken hand pass under increasing cloud cover. After the...
  • Log #8557 - by Ryan Sayers on May 24, 20043.00 stars
    Ellingwood Arete was super fun, but I think I got lost at the crux. Should I have taken the horrendous double-overhanging offwidth? Ooohhh, it was pumpy in the rain - thank God for expandable tube...
  • Log #8558 - by Alan on May 25, 20043.00 stars
    Ellingwood Arete route: Man, this was fun. Lots of exposure. We did three roped at the bottom.
  • Log #8559 - by Tim Callaway on May 26, 20043.00 stars
    Summited with scott Kelley. Cold, windy, sturdy rock, started snowing. special gear not needed if correct route is taken. I did it in baggy jeans with no knees, a shirt reading "pshyc...
  • Log #8560 - by Matt Kirk on May 27, 20043.00 stars
    Greetings 14er climbers and enthusiasts. I just wanted to let everyone know that there should be a 14ers forum coming soon at If you have the time, please come by and...
  • Log #8561 - by Samuel Johnson on May 28, 20043.00 stars
    Ellingwood Arete (5.7/5.8) is a very fun winter alpine climb, features can become very slippery and difficult to find purchase following snows and melts. A fun experience, punching ice out of cracks...
  • Log #8562 - by Scott Kelley on May 29, 20043.00 stars
    Awesome climb,...but the winds were about 50 mph. Oh well, this has got to be one of the coolest peak I've climbed.
  • Log #8563 - by David Michael on May 30, 20043.00 stars
    Mark Harko & I climbed the direct Ellingwood Arete. Everything was going great untill the 13 & 1/2 hour snow storm hit us at 13,000'. We climbed for about an hour in the storm, but got pinned...
  • Log #8564 - by Jay Jansen on May 31, 20043.00 stars
    One of the Best. Came from the Peak via the traverse. Very exposed Class 3+ and VERY VERY exposed Class4+. One of the most difficult yet exciting climbs I have ever done.
  • Log #8565 - by Mickey Hines on June 01, 20043.00 stars
    We had perfect conditions at the Summit on August 10, 2000 at 1:30 pm. There was no wind, and good visibility in all directions - an unforgettable moment. Bob Huitt led me from the South Colony Lakes...
  • Log #8566 - by Jarrett Luttrell on June 02, 20043.00 stars
    Matt Halbakken and I followed Albert's Pitons to the Center of the Universe!
  • Log #8571 - by Josh VonLoh on June 05, 20043.00 stars
    I breezed up it with some guys I met from St. Louis, while my 6'9" ogre friend toiled behind and never summited. I saw some marmots, and mountain goats too.
  • Log #8572 - by Robert Norris on June 06, 20043.00 stars
    What a fantastic fourteener, the route is pure fun, the conglomerate scrambling is a joy, all 900 feet of it. We got a little off-route on the way down (make sure you pay attention to how you came up...
  • Log #8573 - by Rob Walters on June 07, 20043.00 stars
    We did the Ellingwood Arete. Great Weather, except for falling climbers. There was someone soloing the route above us in hiking boots (route is 5.7)who fell at the crux (apx.
  • Log #8574 - by Kirk Mallory on June 08, 20043.00 stars
    This was my 40th Colorado fourteener and one of my hardest yet. Lots of sustained scrambling and some exposure on good solid rock, but there is some loose rubble to watch out for. We approached the...
  • Log #8575 - by Ken Whittenburg on June 09, 20043.00 stars
    Very difficult Colorado 14er climb. Getting off the right line is very easy to do and we did it a bunch- getting into class 4 and low class 5 situations. Go slow and study the route.
  • Log #19444 - by Judy Wren on June 15, 20063.00 stars
    Great climb. More technical than I expected, but I am a novice, so there. Steep in parts. Crampons necessary.
  • Log #22250 - by peter lyssy on Oct 19, 20113.00 stars
    My wife and I climbed Ercyas from Kayak Evi above Kayseri. In this time didn`t neither exist the Ski area nor the cable-lift. So we had to climb 7000 ft in one day. The weather was clear, but very...