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CalhounRoute Climbed: Como Lake Date Climbed: June 12, 2004  Sucess!
My 2 sons and I just returned from climbing Blanca. They are only 7 and 10 yrs old so this was a big accomplishment. The weather was great, though a little cold and windy. We did it in two days. We camped the first night between Como and Blue Lake. We made it to the top the next day no problem!

Michael Calhoun
Posted Jun 15, 2004 9:12 am

xskier77Route Climbed: Traverse from Little Bear Date Climbed: June 5, 2004  Sucess!


The traverse from Little Bear turned out to be one of the best routes I've done to date. Loads of exposure and fun climbing. This was my second time on the summit of Blanca, the first being via the Gash Ridge. We brought gear to camp on the summit. My first time spending the night on top of a 14er and it was an incredible experience.
Posted Jun 7, 2004 3:17 am

mmoerkRoute Climbed: Northwest Face / Standard Route Date Climbed: September 21, 2003  Sucess!


I tried this peak in Summer 2002 but only made it to about 13,900'. So I was determined to reach the summit. Made it this time, on a beautiful fall day, after camping above Lake Como. Had some snow to contend with above treeline, and found myself on a somewhat gnarly steep snow section after wrongly choosing to leave the ridge line. Got back to the ridge and stayed there to the summit.

This is a great mountain. The hike back down to the car is very, very long. I started way down at 8,000'.
Posted May 24, 2004 10:47 am

Larry VRoute Climbed: northwest face Date Climbed: August 3, 2003  Sucess!

Larry V

Climbed with my 80-year old father, who made it! See trip report. This was my third time to summit Blanca Peak.
Posted Feb 8, 2004 7:29 pm

xskier77Route Climbed: Gash Ridge Date Climbed: August 10, 2003  Sucess!


Incredible ridge climb!!!! Gerry Roach rates this climb as a 5.0 - 5.2 climb and I would say that is right on the money. We did the entire ridge without a rope. Gary, Stephanie and Myself. After summiting we though we could grab Ellingwood as well so we started down toward the saddle at which point we looked over our route descriptions again and thought the decent off of Ellingwood back to the Heurfano trail head would be too technical of a descent. So we decided to head down from the saddle which turned out to be extremely technical downclimbing. Thankfully we had a rope and rapelled one section and hand rapelled another section. We were all very relieved to get down this safely. Stephanie has a nasty scar to remind her of this day.
Posted Feb 2, 2004 12:35 am

jdjordan45Route Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: July 1998  Sucess!


My 1st fourteener and a climb I had wanted to do for a long time.
Posted Dec 5, 2003 9:45 pm

AndesiteRoute Climbed: como lake Date Climbed: september 1995  Sucess!
Did this in two days parked at the very bottom as the small car could not go up the cobbles in the road. we camped near the 4-wheel drive road just below lake como and woke up early the next morning and summited great view of nearly everything around.
Posted Dec 1, 2003 9:55 pm

JonBradfordRoute Climbed: Como Lake Route Date Climbed: September 16, 2001  Sucess!


Climbed in conjunction with Ellingwood Peak. This was memorable as my 10 month old puppy Sopris' first fourteener. Damn she made me proud. She turned into the best mountain dog I could imagine.

Jon Bradford
Posted Nov 6, 2003 12:03 am

bilfordRoute Climbed: standard lake como route Date Climbed: 8/11/03  Sucess!


I left a pair of boots next to the trail ~11,000ft, on return only 1 was there. These had medically necessary orthodics in them. If anyone came across a single boot, please post me.
Posted Oct 1, 2003 6:22 am

RyanSRoute Climbed: Traverse from Ellingwood Point Date Climbed: August 3, 2003  Sucess!


I loved this traverse! We were on the ridge crest for all but one small section, peering over the 1000' drop into Huerfano Basin. I have a trip report is available here.
Posted Aug 7, 2003 2:02 pm

TexasClimberRoute Climbed: Northwest Face via Como Lake Trailhead Date Climbed: September 2, 2001  Sucess!


Climbed this mountain for the 3rd time with another high camp at the Blue Lakes. For such a low grade, low class mountain, Blanca will make you break a sweat! especially if you hike the Como Lake trail as I have done 3 times. The climb up was a great scramble. Lorena (my girlfriend) and I made it up rather quickly. We also had to get down quick as the clouds and static electricity were getting bad! Seeing hair stand on end is not my idea of a safe environment.
Posted Jun 8, 2003 8:55 pm

TexasClimberRoute Climbed: Northwest Face via the Como Lake Trailhead Date Climbed: September 3, 2000  Sucess!


A group of 4 of my friends decided to road trip it to Blanca during our Labor Day break at Texas Tech. Pam (bottom left) flew in from Houston to meet Vic (bottom right), Ricardo (top right) and myself (top left). The trip was quite an adventure. The Como Lake road almost "ate" Vic's little Mazada truck he had at the time. We were slow coming down the mountain as Ricardo and I were acting "guides" for Vic and Pam. After breaking our Blue Lakes camp. We found ourself hiking the Como Lake Road very very late! The plan was for Ricardo (climber from El Salvador) to "run" down the mountain and get the truck and meet us to eliminate part of the descent. It didn't work as planned. In Alamosa at midnight we found out there was no where to eat so we just went to the bar and fed ourselves beer. The drive back to Lubbock was great the next day!
Posted Jun 8, 2003 8:19 pm

TexasClimberRoute Climbed: Northwest Face via Como Lake Trailhead Date Climbed: July 4, 1998 (Weekend)  Sucess!


My friend Robert and I managed to tag Blanca's lofty summit during the 4th of July weekend in 1998. I can't remember the actual day I stood on top, but it was in and around that range. I remember part of the massive crowd at the summit was a dog. There were these odd high altitude flies bugging climbers at the summit as well. Great climb with good views. Its a good scrambe and a great introduction to basic exposure as the North Face of Blanca affords steep views! while staying safe just below the ridge line on the saddle up to the summit.
Posted Jun 8, 2003 8:04 pm

rschwi1Route Climbed: Como Lake Date Climbed: Januray 5-8, 2002
Tough slog with 40 lbs. packs and knee deep snow. we made it to crater lake decided to set up camp and summit next morning. that night it snowed about a foot and we were surrounded by avalanche prone slopes so we decided to pack up and return home.
Posted Jun 2, 2003 1:03 pm

jbrownRoute Climbed: Como Lake Date Climbed: August 02  Sucess!
Got a late start, at about midnight. Ran into a mountain lion, but at least it wasnt hot. Camped by the lake, it was an easy hike up the next day.
Posted Mar 10, 2003 6:58 pm

ColonelpyatRoute Climbed: Lake Como Date Climbed: Summer, 1985  Sucess!


We dayhiked this from as high up as one can drive a '71 Volkswagon Squareback. Not far... It made for a long day. Some crazy miner up above Blue Lakes came after us with a rock pick and accused us of claim jumping. He couldn't get it through his head that we were there to climb something.
Posted Feb 28, 2003 2:51 am

GrantRoute Climbed: Standard Route - Como Lk TH 8,500' Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2001  Sucess!


Long tedious day but it was a beautiful day. - read my trip report.
Posted Feb 13, 2003 9:08 am

climberkjpRoute Climbed: Little Bear Traverse Date Climbed: June 15, 2002  Sucess!


Definitely the most exhilirating 14er summit to date. Would highly recommend the traverse from Little Bear to Blanca for anyone interested in fun 4th class scrambling accompanied by short easy 5. moves, and an extraordinary view down below.
Posted Oct 27, 2002 10:32 pm

ctruscotRoute Climbed: From Lake Como Date Climbed: July 1997  Sucess!
This was a fun trip. We took a friends jeep which is not altered and basically winched it up the long road to the lake. It took us 6 hours to get the jeep up to the lake. This road is rated as 9 when it comes to 4x4 roads and there are no 10s. You must either winch your vehicle or have an altrered vehicle to make it. The local town does a lot of 4x4 rescues on this road. We camped at the lake and summited Blanca. There was still snow and chunks of blue ice in the water basins above the lake. My friends went on to do Ellingwood and I went down Blanca alone as the lightning was getting too close for my comfort. They lucked out, the storm passed and they summited Ellingwood. (Darn it.) If you have to walk the road rather then drive, go early as the road is long and it is entirely exposed in the hot sun.
Posted Jun 4, 2002 10:21 am

coloradoclimberRoute Climbed: 20.1 Northwest Face Date Climbed: 6-5-00  Sucess!


Solo Ascent w/ Ellingwood Point. Awesome mountains! Blanca was a great summit, however, i had to backpack from the 2 wheel drive parking in the middle of the day, NOT recommended!
Posted May 28, 2002 5:01 pm

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