I did this as a snow spring climb, and did kind of a variation, climbed directly straight up the face to the summit. It was steep, and Duchess was spooked at places. I had her in front of me, so she would not slide. We descended more along the ridge.
Beautiful spring day, we felt completely alone in the whole Blanca range.
We parked way down in the valley and hiked all the way to the lake, camped there and climbed Blanca & Ellingwood the next day. Then we had to pack up our campsite and hike all the way down that damned road to the cars.