Challenger Point seen from nearby Kit Carson Mountain.
|Elevation||14,087 ft (4,294 m) |
|Prominence||301 ft (92 m) |
|Isolation||0.22 mi (0.35 km) |
|Parent peak||Kit Carson Mountain|
|Listing||Colorado Fourteener 34th|
|Location||Saguache County, Colorado,
|Parent range||Sangre de Cristo Range, Crestones|
|Topo map||USGS 7.5' topographic map
Crestone Peak, Colorado
|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. 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.
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, 1986 Ad Astra Per Aspera
- Trailhead: Willow Creek Trailhead, 8,900 feet (2,713 m)
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