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RMdaytripsgrlComo Lake TH, combo w/Ellingwood  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2008

RMdaytripsgrl

A long day completely enshrouded in clouds,rain and wind from 8,500 ft. with Tard Sauce (aka Brandon Fuller) and his sister.
Posted Sep 6, 2008 9:04 pm

Brandon FullerCombo In Rain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2008

Brandon Fuller

Went from bottom of Lake Como Road in a day.
Posted Sep 4, 2008 10:30 am

Clark_GriswoldSecond times the charm  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2008

Clark_Griswold

This time I came up the evening before and camped above Lake Como in the tundra. The next day was a relatively easy hike to the summit. Due to bad weather I wasn't able to summit Ellingwood. At least I had a view this time.
Posted Aug 11, 2008 9:51 pm

GahugafugaNW Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2008

Gahugafuga

Climbed the standard route. I was fighting a sour stomach all morning and almost threw up around 13k'. After taking a few moments to calm down and assess myself for AMS (it wasn't) I decided to fight through it. Glad I did - the views from on top were awesome. And I never puked!
Posted Jul 13, 2008 1:48 am

GeorgeJamesTraverse from Ellingwood  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2008

GeorgeJames

Traversed the ridge from Ellingwood Point on a cloudy, drizzly day. Overcast skies opened up on the summit, just enough to provide glimpses of the beautiful surroundings. An excellent traverse on good rock, with noticeable but fairly safe and manageable exposure. Returned back down through the Lake Como Basin, with cloud cover providing shade for most of the way. An absolutely wonderful 1st trip to the Sangres.
Posted Jul 8, 2008 2:22 pm

altitude14erRoute Climbed: Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2008

altitude14er

An awesome summit, did this solo from the 2WD parking in a single, very long day! Blew a hole in my boots, but well worth it.
Posted Jul 5, 2008 4:51 pm

CortezRoute Climbed: Como (kind of)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2008

Cortez

We made it about 3 miles up the "road" and hiked about a half mile past Lake Como & camped. The following day, my wife & I hiked Blanca (our 23rd 14er). Other than an army of Marmots, we were the only ones on the mountain. We stayed on the east side of the mtn. then hit the trail about 1000 ft from the saddle. We then continued to the high side to the saddle. The trail was really obscured by the snow. It was a splendid day but difficult hike because of the snow considerable snow and the fact that we now live in Knoxville, TN >> the views were spectacular!!!! We got a flat on the way down.
Posted Jun 26, 2008 10:18 am

cftbqsemi-standard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2008

cftbq

Climbed with trishapajean from 8,100 ft. on the Lake Como Rd. A long day, but a great summit in great weather. Mixed bare rock/crampon climb with some good glissading on the way down. My 34th 14er and my 100th summit overall.m
Posted Jun 20, 2008 12:45 am

miztflipFrom Ellingwood  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2008

miztflip

Climbed the SW ridge of Ellingwood and continued on to Blanca staying on the ridge crest. Great views down the North Face. Some snow on descent. Only saw one other person over 2 days.
Posted Jun 13, 2008 5:23 am

Clark_GriswoldBirthday present  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2007

Clark_Griswold

I had great conditions the entire time except from around 13500' to the summit, and then from the summit to Lake Como. I summited, but couldn't see more than 100 feet out. Lightning hit close by, and I hurried the hell of the mountain. I wouldn't do that again. Going back this year to get it right, as a overnighter.
Posted Jun 10, 2008 12:44 pm

heather14Great Views!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 17, 2008

heather14

Cloudy for most of the morning and turned sunny and hot when we reached the top. Scratched plans to head over to Ellingwood do to a bunch of small slides releasing after it warmed up.
Posted May 18, 2008 5:51 pm

Eric HolleLake Como  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 10, 2008

Eric Holle

After summitting Ellingwood in a complete whiteout, Ben L and I pushed on to Blanca. As we were approaching the saddle, the clouds started to part, but the winds raged on creating a ground blizzard. We made the summit in good time and back to camp at the lake before going for Little Bear the next day.
Posted May 15, 2008 12:05 am

Mots010Fun spring day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 12, 2008

Mots010

Plenty of snow and some spicy moves just below Blanca's summit. Skied from the Ellingwood/Blanca saddle back to Lake Como.
Posted May 12, 2008 3:32 pm

MountainHikerCORescue  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 1999

MountainHikerCO

This was my second climb of Blanca. We packed in and camped at Lake Como. We did my third climb of Ellingwood. On the way down Ellingwood we came across an girl who was being helped along by her two companions. She had been hit in the ankle with a rock. I called for help with my cell phone. When the ranger arrived I got to be part of the rescue party. The slow trip back to camp took until 10:00. I was too tired to try Little Bear the next day. Our decision to leave early was helped by the group of yahoos that arrived and camped next to us. They were using a shotgun to split wood!
Posted Feb 21, 2008 11:12 pm

MountainHikerCOWith Ellingwood  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 1994

MountainHikerCO

This was my first climb of Blanca. We hiked much of the Lake Como road from our campsite. I got my second climb of Ellingwood this day as well. Lightning came in to hurry us off of Ellingwood.
Posted Feb 21, 2008 11:05 pm

CODaveStandard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2007

CODave

Great hike, beautiful summit
Posted Feb 7, 2008 8:53 am

tomlaurenLittle Bear - Blanca - Ellingwood Pt in a day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2007

tomlauren

From camp at Lake Como, climbed the West Ridge of Little Bear, performed the traverse to Blanca Peak, then descended Blanca's Northwest Face to Ellingwood Point's South Face with my friend Keith. The traverse from Little Bear to Blanca wasn't too bad, but you definitely need to stay mentally focused. The traverse took us 2.5 hours. It stormed most of the night; we almost didn't try the traverse.
Posted Feb 3, 2008 7:12 am

virginiapineOrmes Buttress solo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2001

virginiapine

So lovely - aspens were turning, excellent campsite near the N. Face in the pines. The Buttress was plenty fun in rock shoes & great weather. Traversed to Ellingwood (incredible N. Face as well), downclimbed its N. Ridge and off the E. side (some good technical scrambling).
Posted Jan 15, 2008 3:44 pm

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

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