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seth@LOKI20 years later  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2017


In Seprtember 1997 we were trained up, camped above Como Lake ready to climb Little Bear and traverse until swirling storm clouds unleashed.
Posted Jul 21, 2017 11:35 am

Moogie737From Lake Como campsite  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2017


#1 7-5-17 With Brent & Lana. Wonderful hike, delicious scramble up the solid north ridge to the summit which we had all to ourselves. That doesn't happen often on 14er summits in the summer on holidays! Crater Lake was splendid. Wild flowers were abundant. Only a couple of fairly short patches of frozen snow to cross. Did Ellingwood Point afterward.
Posted Jul 9, 2017 11:40 am

skorpeoHarder than Little Bear  Sucess!


Harder than Little Bear due to Hail all over the peak.
Posted Dec 13, 2016 11:47 pm

ericdLong road, steep ridge-line  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2015


Started low at 8,200' early in the morning (3:30am) to reach Como lake 3 hours later just before sunrise. Very rocky the entire way and without snow in the middle of September. 13,000' saddle (9:00am) offered a picturesque ridge-line up to this overlooking giant among other 14-ers in the San de Cristos. Almost 7 hours after starting from my car, I was standing at 14,345' and 105.4855 degrees longitude which isn't hard to see Blanca's trivia as the highest peak furthest east in the contiguous 48.

Adding a short 1:30 traverse to Ellingwood Peak before descent made it a 16-hour day. With over 6,000' of elevation gain in say 24-miles roundtrip made this comparable to a Mount Whitney car to car.
Posted Sep 19, 2015 6:59 pm

blueshadeTraverse + Ellingwood  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2015


First 14ers on the year. Little Bear via the Hourglass, the Traverse, then over to Ellingwood and down the ridge- all around the cirque! The Traverse is not nearly as bad as it's made out to be.
Posted Jul 30, 2015 1:35 am

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


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


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 my start was at 340 AM. I bagged Ellingwood directly 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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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