Challenger Point

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Challenger Point
Challenger Point from Kit Carson.JPG
Challenger Point seen from nearby Kit Carson Mountain.
Elevation 14,087 ft (4,294 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 301 ft (92 m)[1][2]
Parent peak Kit Carson Mountain
Listing Colorado Fourteener
Challenger Point is located in Colorado
Challenger Point
Challenger Point
Location Saguache County, Colorado, U.S.
Range Rocky Mountains, Sangre de Cristo Range
Coordinates 37°58′49″N 105°36′24″W / 37.98028°N 105.60667°W / 37.98028; -105.60667Coordinates: 37°58′49″N 105°36′24″W / 37.98028°N 105.60667°W / 37.98028; -105.60667[3]
Topo map USGS Crestone Peak
Easiest route Difficult class 2

Challenger Point, elevation 14,087 ft (4,294 m), is a fourteener in the Sangre de Cristo Range of southern Colorado. 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]

The Memorial[edit]

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:

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

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

View from the summit


  • Trailhead: Willow Creek Trailhead, 8,900 feet (2,713 m)

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Challenger Point, Colorado". Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  2. ^ Arithmetic mean of range of prominence values in source.
  3. ^ a b "Challenger Point". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 

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