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ClimbandMinetraverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2005

ClimbandMine

from Ellingwood
Posted Jan 14, 2008 5:56 pm

AltitudeSicknessRoute Climbed: Como Lake
Date Climbed: May 25, 2005

AltitudeSickness

Started off just off the highway. Our driver didnt want to take his suburban up the road at all. Beat ourself to death getting to Lake Como. Stayed the night. Our summit attempt was plaqued by post holeing all the up on the approach. Took the steep face up to the right of the saddle. Very enjoyable route. Made it to 13,800 when a memeber of our crew decided to leave our group to try his own route and got in trouble. Had to rescue him and take him down. He was ok. Too bad he made such a poor decision to do what he did and cost our crew our summit bid. There is always a next time.
Posted Dec 22, 2007 7:59 pm

spannring29Combo with Ellingwood  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2007

spannring29

Camped at Como Lake and hit up Blanca the next morning. Nice ridge with decent exposure.
Posted Oct 21, 2007 12:11 pm

mnicholsBlanca in Spring  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 4, 2006

mnichols

Climbed it a while ago. Lots of fun, still covered in snow and the lakes were mostly iced over. Definitely a long climb, we did it in two days: the first went to Como Lake, the second summited.
Posted Sep 23, 2007 1:58 pm

bkloweBlanca Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2007
Hiked up the Como Lake Road from 8,200 ft. This thing was a beast. Hardest part of the entire climb. Camped at Como Lake and climbed Blanca next day.
Posted Sep 17, 2007 3:09 pm

Mike McTraverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2007

Mike Mc

LB / Blanca Traverse- great exposure!!! This one is surely a mental challenge, staying focused on every foot and hand hold for 2+ hours is crucial. Scrambled over to Ellingwood to make it a day.
Posted Sep 16, 2007 11:45 pm

dr_gonzFrom Lake Como  Sucess!

dr_gonz

Beautiful place, although the jeeps near the lake kind of ruined it all a little bit for me. It hailed/rained most of the night before. The weather prevented me from doing Little Bear and Ellingwood in 2006.
Posted Sep 4, 2007 3:57 pm

mtnhiker13traverse from Ellingwood  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007

mtnhiker13

Fun traverse from Ellingwood. I tried to stay as high on the ridge as possible. It is very solid and fun! Memorable mountain!
Posted Aug 20, 2007 3:38 pm

ElliottDavishigh, airy fun from Ellingwood  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2007

ElliottDavis

Loved walking along the ridge top from Ellingwood Point with 1000+ feet of exposure; thrilling if you like that sort of thing. I felt that someone from the group ought to pee off the drop, so I took care of that.
Posted Aug 20, 2007 12:08 am

chicagotransplantVia Ellingwood Point  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007

chicagotransplant

Climbed with Jamie Nellis via Ellingwood Point. Great day, summited at 10am to extensive views in every direction!
Posted Aug 12, 2007 9:09 pm

brianhughesfrom Lake Como road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2007

brianhughes

Parked 1.8 miles above the highway 150 turnoff. Hiked up the 4wd road and camped overnight about a half mile above Lake Como. It's a hot, brutal trek that climbs over 4,000 feet on six miles of the roughest road you can imagine. Got up early the next morning and climbed the final 2,300 ft to the summit.
Posted Jul 19, 2007 1:51 am

Panthera unciaFun Climb!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2005

Panthera uncia

Climbed standard route from Como.
Posted Jun 17, 2007 6:35 pm

Garon Coriz2 night trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2007

Garon Coriz

Camped out above Como Lake. Climbed the peak the following morning and headed down for some fun in the dunes the next day.
Posted Jun 11, 2007 6:18 pm

sbkelleyComo Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2006

sbkelley

All the way from the bottom as a day hike. That road is a mental slog. The summit ridge of Blanca is a treat, though. 6 total hours from bottom to top with Tanya, then went over to Ellingwood.
Posted May 24, 2007 6:22 pm

Art VandalayA long hike  Sucess!

Art Vandalay

Didn't try to drive the road. It's a long hike. Camped just above Lake Como. My first 14er and it was a long, fun one.
Posted Apr 3, 2007 8:58 pm

lizrdboySort of Solo  Sucess!

lizrdboy

My partner was too heavy and kept post holing in the crusty snow. I thought lite thoughts and made it to the steep, hard, snow ice with energy left to top out. I should have stayed on the summit longer. I didn't savor it.
Posted Feb 26, 2007 5:01 am

weeds19My 2nd 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2000

weeds19

I drove up from ABQ and met a friend from Denver. We hiked in the Lake Como road in the dark and climbed Blanca and Ellingwood the next day. This was when I realized that climbing 14er was hard work!
Posted Jan 18, 2007 4:15 am

boisedoccrazy road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 1988

boisedoc

The road was the main adventure. Surely the worst 4wd road in the state
Posted Dec 17, 2006 4:13 pm

flamethewolf1st 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2004

flamethewolf

How sweet it is... now I'm hooked
Posted Oct 22, 2006 3:50 am

royswkrImpressive peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 1995
Long slog up jeep road, then steep but easy
Posted Sep 22, 2006 2:23 pm

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