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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

Matt MahoneyRoute Climbed: Northwest face from Lake Como Date Climbed: Aug 7 2001  Sucess!

Matt Mahoney

Also did Ellingwood, but the ridge to Little Bear looked too scary. Started from near the bottom of the road. I had tried this yesterday but was turned back by storms at 13000 ft.
Posted May 17, 2002 4:16 pm

ZekeRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: 1999  Sucess!


The damned backpack in was harder that the climb!

but finished the climb in snow in August. got a bit slick and bailed out of there. still need to get back to Little Bear.
Posted Nov 28, 2001 11:52 am

climbcoloradoRoute Climbed: Northwest Face Date Climbed: 06/30/01  Sucess!


I climbed this route from a high camp above Como lake. From there it is a solid class 2 climb and you have plenty of time to traverse to Ellingwood Point.
Posted Jul 24, 2001 11:28 am

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