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Bob SihlerRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: July 15, 2004  Sucess!

Bob Sihler

started at 4 to have it to myself and then went to Ellingwood

Posted Sep 30, 2005 10:03 pm

samajaxRoute Climbed: Como Lake Date Climbed: 20Aug98  Sucess!


Good hike for the first one. As anyone can tell, don't try and drive up the road to far. If you're tired, the road down is full of ankle twisting rocks.
Posted Sep 12, 2005 1:32 pm

jwproulxRoute Climbed: Little Bear - Blanca Traverse Date Climbed: 3 September 2005  Sucess!


This ridge was a blast - moderately difficult but almost always very secure climbing. The exposure is thrilling, especially since you know you're not likely to fall - like looking out of an airplane window. After Little Bear, this ridge was a relief. Clouds, wind, rain, and snow sent me packing down back to Crater lake. I left Boulder at 1:15am, started hiking at 6:15am, and arrived back at my car a little before 10:00pm. I guess that counts as a long day.
Posted Sep 6, 2005 7:28 pm

nmmi9100Route Climbed: Standard Route (Ellingwood Point Ridge, from Lake Como) Date Climbed: 28 August 2005, 1:00 pm  Sucess!
Como Road tough even for an ATV. Large parking area at 7880 to Lake Como is 6.9 miles according to ATV odometer. The Climb from Lake Como to Blanca is Medium Talus for all but the first mile. Good worthwhile climb but definitely not a walkup. Thunder and snow on the peak sent us down hill after a few pics and signing the register. See my forthcoming trip report.
Posted Aug 30, 2005 4:15 pm

bc44caesarRoute Climbed: Traverse from Ellingwood Date Climbed: 27 Aug 2005  Sucess!


Continued on to Blanca from Ellingwood, staying as high as possible without having to do much scrambling. The weather held up and I made a nice leisurely descent back to my camp below Little Bear's face.
Posted Aug 29, 2005 10:41 am

RC ColaRoute Climbed: NW Face from the High Traverse from Ellingwood Date Climbed: August 14, 2005  Sucess!

RC Cola

The fog was so terrible that we couldn't see anything from the summit. I wish we could have stayed higher on the Ellingwood-Blanca Ridge but the fog presented some route-finding problems. Ice was actually starting to form on the rocks as we were going down.
Posted Aug 17, 2005 12:11 am

shaungthomasRoute Climbed: Como Lake Trailhead Date Climbed: 7/16/05  Sucess!


This was the rockiest trail I had ever been on. It was worth the view! Be careful climbing the Skree Field, my partner and I Lost trail several times.
Posted Jul 31, 2005 9:00 pm

doumallRoute Climbed: Northwest Face Date Climbed: July, 11 2004  Sucess!


31st 14er!
Posted Jul 13, 2005 2:33 pm

umbra altaRoute Climbed: Little Bear/Blanca Ridge Date Climbed: August 2003  Sucess!

umbra alta

Climbed as traverse-enchainment with Little Bear and Ellingwood Point. This full traverse with descent of Ellingwood's South Ridge was the way to go. Sick exposure and constant 3rd and 4th class all day.
Posted Jun 22, 2005 2:37 pm

km_donovanRoute Climbed: Nortwest Face III Date Climbed: September 1, 2000  Sucess!


My climbing partner said “One down 53 to go.” I took him literally and am on my way to completing the 14’ers.
Posted Jun 6, 2005 7:00 am

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: West Face Date Climbed: May 29, 2005  Sucess!


Perfect conditions all the way from Crater Lakes up to the ridge - about 1500 feet of uninterrupted easy to moderate snow. Tons of fun.
Posted Jun 2, 2005 2:56 am

bechttRoute Climbed: Como Lake Date Climbed: Aug 95  Sucess!


Nice hike in -- great boulder climb up
Posted Mar 12, 2005 2:10 pm

bakcastRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July 2000  Sucess!


Spectacular mountain but quite frustrating to see the four-wheelers heading into the high-alpine beyond Como Lake road. Traversed to Ellingwood later in the day.
Posted Jan 5, 2005 7:39 pm

ripper333Route Climbed: como lake trailhead Date Climbed: may 1998 july 2004  Sucess!
2004 caught in some bad weather. headed back to camp waited out the storm. busted back up about 4pm at full tilt. summited and ran back to camp before dark. 1998- alot of snow. very tiring because of all

the postholing.
Posted Oct 24, 2004 3:35 pm

WildmanDallasRoute Climbed: Como Lake Trail Date Climbed: July 31, 2004  Sucess!


I started in the scrub just above the desert floor at 1:30am hiking by the light of the full moon (very cool). Went up and did Blanca and back in one long day, tired but happy. Hey, it's good to be 50!
Posted Sep 6, 2004 3:25 am

jwclimbsRoute Climbed: Little Bear to Blanca Ridge Date Climbed: August 21, 2004  Sucess!


Excellent adventure! The ridge is a "Must-Do" classic for anyone who craves exposure.

**Be in good climbing shape, and well prepared for the long ridge. During my traverse (2hrs), one party of two and a roped party of 3 had to exit the ridge under siege of a fierce hail storm. I passed them at the 1/3 point and reached Blanca by the time they were 50%. I reached the lakes before the hail began. Their slow travel and underestimation cost them a dangerous descent. They were fortunate to reach the lakes without injury (or worse).
Posted Aug 23, 2004 11:36 am

Ken DammenRoute Climbed: Como Lake Trailhead Date Climbed: July 23, 2003  Sucess!

Ken Dammen

Larry Byrne and I summited at 0907. We backpacked up to above Como Lake and bivied the night before and set out to summit 0500. Fantastic views nice hike/climb.
Posted Aug 22, 2004 1:27 pm

cagedalpinistRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: 12 July 2004  Sucess!


Hope to return in Sept. and go for the Little Bear - Blanca ridge! Beautiful weather.
Posted Aug 18, 2004 1:09 am

paper bagDate Climbed: N/A
I have not yet climbed this mountain
Posted Aug 7, 2004 6:12 pm

Jim ClarkeRoute Climbed: Via Little Bear Traverse Date Climbed: 7/15/04  Sucess!

Jim Clarke

Excellent high peak traverse...perhaps as close as we can get to an Alps experience...
Posted Jul 22, 2004 11:14 pm

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