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Alan EllisLove the view  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2014

Alan Ellis

Climbed with my son! Weather moved in before we could do the combo. Love that road in my Jeep!
Posted Sep 16, 2014 2:15 pm

HyadventureTraverse from Ellingwood Point  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2014

Hyadventure

Stayed high on the ridge as much as I could. Fun scramble up from the notch.
Posted Sep 2, 2014 8:59 pm

technicolorNH2nd attempt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2014

technicolorNH

Six hours and twenty five minutes to the summit from where I parked on Lake Como Road about a half mile upslope from Rt 150. My Scion couldn't get far on that beast of a road so I my start was at 340 AM. I bagged Ellingwood after. Eleven hours and forty five minutes door to door on a bright, beautiful day. First attempt I got snowed off on September 14th of 2011.
Posted Aug 28, 2014 9:54 am

csmcgranahanDay climb w/ Ellingwood  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2013

csmcgranahan

Started at 8,800' at about 2:30am and summited both Blanca and Ellingwood Point. Long but very rewarding day.
Posted Jan 18, 2014 8:40 pm

astroclimberLake Como  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2011

astroclimber

Also Ellingwood Pt. with Dave and Kat on a very warm day
Posted Jul 6, 2013 9:29 pm

Sarah SimonLake Como with Ellingwood  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2013

Sarah Simon

Saw three bighorn rams on the approach through the lakes. The upper basin is incredibly beautiful. It was surprisingly cold for July, I climbed from the saddle to the summit in my lightweight down jacket! Simply amazing views from the top, and Ellingwood looks inviting, if surprisingly sinister, from Blanca.
Posted Jul 6, 2013 5:26 pm

SenadRBlanca/ Ellingwood   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2013

SenadR

Beautiful approach to the base of Blanca Peak, hiking to the top was easy and fun, great views from the top. Hiking Lake Como Road is long and brutal adventure but once you are at Lake Como, everything pays off, amazing area.
Posted Jul 6, 2013 11:29 am

jainman09First 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2005

jainman09

Beautiful approach.
Posted Feb 25, 2013 2:57 am

williama3Good Times!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2012
Summit
Posted Jan 27, 2013 10:28 pm

FletchI was...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2011

Fletch

with a crew trailbuilding. Nice few days out...
Posted Dec 28, 2012 3:22 pm

milan4th tallest in Colorado  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2010
The hike to Lace Como is not very nice, we took full backpacks and it was long. The area is gorgeous. Blanca is beautiful and traverse to Ellingwood Poin is a nice spicy ridge.
Posted Oct 21, 2012 5:14 pm

WillieCornettBeautiful  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2007

WillieCornett

Great trip with my friend Clark.
Posted Oct 14, 2012 1:09 am

DigglerWhat a mountain!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2012

Diggler

7.10.’12: Little Bear-Blanca traverse (finally!)- Left Little Bear's summit @ 10.33. Booked it, as clouds all around (didn't seem threatening, but didn't want them to evolve to that). Quite the aerobic climb, & great fun! Arrived @ Blanca's summit @ 11.50 => 1:17 total. Magnificent climb, great time!
Left summit @ 12.06 & descended NW face. Back @ car @ 8,000’ @ 17.19 (=> 11:27 c2c). What a day!!

7.16.'12: Ormes' Buttress ascent, w/ Faith; descent via Gash Ridge
Left campsite @ 4.51, TH (10,470’) @ 5.08. Started climb (Ormes' Buttress) @ 7.30.

First pitch loose 4th. Second pitch & on mostly 4th & easy 5th, frequently broken & loose, & interspersed by grassy ledges. Three or 4 sections of 5.6- 2nd pitch (the way we did it, at least) the crux- traverse to L, needed to get over overhang, comprised of detached blocks/flakes that seemed like great handholds (+ pro’ behind where detached, but also seemed like ready to come off if pulled or loaded (cam expanding). Freaky shit. Unroped in middle of climb for ~200’, & simul’ed last 400’ (4th -> easy 5th). On upper ‘prow,’ went to L to avoid difficulties (possible on many sections of the climb), as weather iffy.

Pro’ tiny (.1) -> #3 Camalot- as mostly parallel-sided cracks, nuts not very useful. Could’ve maybe used a 3.5). As rock compact, pro’ frequently scarce (anchors also sometimes difficult), as cracks infrequent.

Summited @ 13.23. Fun climb, but rock variability, & ledges decreased value somewhat. Still glad to have finally done!

After Ormes Buttress ascent, descended Gash Ridge. Exposed, fairly straightforward, & FUN! Rock quality fairly good- better than Ormes. Roach right on- mostly sustained 4th, with a few easy 5th sections. Belayed F through a few exposed sections.

Left summit @ 13.43. Unfortunately, went down wrong gully (should have climbed up & over (300’?) last uprising. Our descent was a shitty LOOSE gully that led to a talus/scree field that cliffed out. Dropped bag w/ pro’ in it & prolonged rain/hail only added to the fun. Attempt to get off when valley below SO tantalizingly close unbelievably vexing. F’s break-down only added to the seriousness. Did 3 rap’s. Last one, off a boulder that took one of my cordelettes, finally got to the ground @ 20.30. Final march thru driving rain put us back at the TH @ 22.13. FULL-VALUE day! Running heater for ½ hour, dry clothes, & chili SO good (couldn’t even tie laces before- fingers useless!). Epic day.
Posted Oct 1, 2012 8:02 pm

djkestBlanca Peak- From Ellingwood  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2012

djkest

Did Ellingwood Point via SW ridge and traversed to Blanca Peak from an overnight camp above Lake Como. Saw some bighorn sheep.
Posted Aug 28, 2012 5:47 pm

MissHBlanca-out  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2012

MissH

Started 8650' day before. Camped at Lake Como. Thunder storm (with hail) ruined dinner time. Watched the fog roll in on the early morning start. Beautiful views from summit when fog allowed it. Great trip.
Posted Aug 25, 2012 12:13 pm

Woodie HopperLittle Bear-Blanca traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2012

Woodie Hopper

Climbed via the traverse from Little Bear. Classic.
Posted Aug 5, 2012 1:52 am

lilmantisWith Orion  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2011

lilmantis

My dates are all wrong probably but I forgot to sign the log last year. What an awesome climb with beautiful exposure though! Perfect weather too.
Posted Jul 8, 2012 10:31 pm

CWFryBeautiful  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2012

CWFry

Long day. Hiked from close to Hwy 150 to peak. Endless rocks on the road, so wear solid footwear. Hiked with MCR. Beautiful scenery and ultimately well worth the effort.
Posted Jul 1, 2012 9:41 pm

mjholmesLooooong Approach  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 1979

mjholmes

Walked the road as we did not have a capable 4X4 and it was a very long day, but worth it.
Posted Mar 12, 2012 8:07 pm

mattwagner58Great first 14er!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2005
Perfect weather. Summited on first day, camped along the upper lakes, and decended the next day.
Posted Feb 6, 2012 12:32 pm

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