Challenger Point

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Challenger Point
Challenger Point from Kit Carson.JPG
Challenger Point seen from nearby Kit Carson Mountain.
Highest point
Elevation 14,087 ft (4,294 m) [1] [2]
Prominence 301 ft (92 m) [2]
Parent peak Kit Carson Mountain [2]
Isolation 0.22 mi (0.35 km) [2]
Listing Colorado Fourteener 34th
Coordinates 37°58′49″N105°36′24″W / 37.9802775°N 105.6066757°W / 37.9802775; -105.6066757 Coordinates: 37°58′49″N105°36′24″W / 37.9802775°N 105.6066757°W / 37.9802775; -105.6066757 [3]
Geography
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Challenger Point
Location Saguache County, Colorado,
United States [3]
Parent range Sangre de Cristo Range, Crestones [2]
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Crestone Peak, Colorado [3]
Climbing
Easiest route Difficult class 2

Challenger Point is a high mountain summit of the Crestones in the Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 14,087-foot (4,294 m) fourteener is located 5.0 miles (8.1 km) east by south (bearing 102°) of the Town of Crestone in Saguache County, Colorado, United States. [1] [2] [3] The summit is on the northwest shoulder of Kit Carson Mountain, and is a subpeak of the latter. It was renamed in memory of the seven astronauts who died when the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated shortly after liftoff on January 28, 1986. [3]

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The Memorial

The proposal to name the summit Challenger Point was made by Colorado Springs resident Dennis Williams in 1986. The USGS Board of Geographic Names approved the application on April 9, 1987.

Local climber Alan Silverstein organized and led an expedition on the weekend of July 18, 1987 to place a 6 by 12 inches (15 by 30 cm) memorial plaque on the summit.
The plaque reads:

CHALLENGER POINT, 14080+'
In Memory of the Crew of Shuttle Challenger
Seven who died accepting the risk,
expanding Mankind's horizons
January 28, 1986Ad Astra Per Aspera

The Latin phrase "Ad Astra Per Aspera" translates as "To the stars through adversity."

View from Challenger Point.JPG
View from the summit

Climbing

See also

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The Sangre de Cristo Range is a high, rugged and narrow mountain range of the Rocky Mountains in southern Colorado in the United States, running north and south along the east side of the Rio Grande Rift. The mountains extend southeast from Poncha Pass for about 75 mi (121 km) through south-central Colorado to La Veta Pass, approximately 20 mi (32 km) west of Walsenburg, and form a high ridge separating the San Luis Valley on the west from the watershed of the Arkansas River on the east. The Sangre de Cristo Range rises over 7,000 ft (2,100 m) above the valleys and plains to the west and northeast.

Crestones

The Crestones are a group of four 14,000 foot peaks (fourteeners) in the Sangre de Cristo Range above Crestone, central southern Colorado, comprising:

  1. Crestone Peak
  2. Crestone Needle
  3. Kit Carson Mountain
  4. Humboldt Peak
Fourteener

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Sangre de Cristo Mountains

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Grays Peak

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Crestone Peak

Crestone Peak is the seventh-highest summit of the Rocky Mountains of North America and the U.S. state of Colorado. The prominent 14,300-foot (4,359 m) fourteener is the highest summit of the Crestones and the second-highest summit in the Sangre de Cristo Range after Blanca Peak. The summit is located in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness of Rio Grande National Forest, 5.0 miles (8.1 km) east by south of the Town of Crestone in Saguache County, Colorado, United States.

Mount Lincoln (Colorado)

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Kit Carson Peak

Kit Carson Peak is a high mountain summit of the Crestones in the Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. Officially designated Kit Carson Mountain, the 14,171-foot (4,319 m) fourteener is located 5.2 miles (8.4 km) east by south of the Town of Crestone in Saguache County, Colorado, United States. The name Kit Carson Mountain is used for both the massif with three summits, or to describe the main summit only. The mountain is named in honor of frontiersman Christopher Houston "Kit" Carson. The Crestones are a cluster of high summits in the Sangre de Cristo Range, comprising Crestone Peak, Crestone Needle, Kit Carson Peak, Challenger Point, Humboldt Peak, and Columbia Point. They are usually accessed from common trailheads.

Humboldt Peak (Colorado)

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Crestone Needle

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San Luis Peak

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Mount Yale

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Columbia Point

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References

  1. 1 2 The elevation of Challenger Point includes an adjustment of +1.752 m (+5.75 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Challenger Point, Colorado". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 "Challenger Point". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey . Retrieved October 19, 2014.