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shanahan96southwest ridge in winter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 6, 2006


calm, winter day....and thank goodness. the ridge was fun, not tough at all until the base of the summit block where i was forced to pull myself across the knife edge of snow with my ice axe. 50 feet in two minutes! #6 of top-100 in calendar winter.

Posted Jun 30, 2006 11:15 pm

Ryan KowalskiSW Ridge, an evening affair  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2006

Ryan Kowalski

After the LB-Blanca traverse I headed back to camp to nap. Woke up at 3PM to great weather, so I decided to go for it. A great route and some of the best summit views I've seen. What a great place, I'd love to come back and climb this one again. Icing on an already delicious cake.
Posted Jun 14, 2006 5:18 pm

jratkellingwood blanca traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 24, 2006


4 wheeled for a while up the road, hiked in and did ellingwood and blanca. Great weather, set up a bivy and climbed little bear the next day via nw face.
Posted Jun 13, 2006 3:38 am

KieferSW Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2006


From Blanca, I thought this was going to be a pain in the ass talus scramble, I was wrong. Relatively good climbers trail most of the way up on good (sometimes loose) rock. The traverse over from Blanca just below the ridge was actually more exciting than doing Blanca itself! Ideal weather though.
Posted May 27, 2006 11:55 am

Mountain JimFrom Como Lake  Sucess!

Mountain Jim

Glad this peak is added to the list of 14er's.
Posted Mar 3, 2006 5:03 am

sprossedaRoute Climbed: SW classic ridge Date Climbed: September 1999  Sucess!


Really neat 1,000 foot class 2/3 ridgeline to summit. Traversed over to Blanca's summit also. Great views of northern Sangre's and Blanca's N face. Awesome yellow fall colors. Very scenic area.
Posted Jan 25, 2006 5:23 pm

Old IckabodRoute Climbed: Blanca to Ellingwood Traverse Date Climbed: 9/30/05  Sucess!

Old Ickabod

What an awesome one-day solo ascent of Blanca and Ellingwood. Parked about one mile past the trailhead and began hiking at 7am. Summitted Blanca at 11:45am, the last 100 feet was a little more time consuming because of fresh ice and snow. Stayed about 150 to 200 feet below the ridge while traversing to Ellingwood. No snow or ice on Ellingwood. Some route finding issues on the way down Ellingwood. Hiked out and returned to the truck by 6pm. I love fourteeners in the Fall!
Posted Oct 4, 2005 3:56 pm

Bob BoltonRoute Climbed: Blanca/Ellingwood traverse Date Climbed: September 20, 2005  Sucess!

Bob Bolton

Nice traverse from Blanca.
Posted Sep 30, 2005 10:12 pm

bc44caesarRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: 27 Aug 2005  Sucess!


Hiked up to Lake Como from 8800', set up camp, and then continued on to the Southwest Ridge. I took a fairly direct path from the unnamed lake to the low point of the ridge. The ridge was exciting - it looks in numerous places to be harder than 3rd class - but there is always an easy way around any difficulties. One of the best 3rd class routes I've done!
Posted Aug 29, 2005 10:36 am

RC ColaRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: August 14, 2005  Sucess!

RC Cola

Great climb!!! I recommend this route over the South Face for any climber!
Posted Aug 17, 2005 1:53 am

doumallRoute Climbed: SW Ridge Date Climbed: August 6th, 2005  Sucess!


Climb this mountain on its own via the SW ridge. One of the best class 3 routes on Colorado's 14ers.
Posted Aug 8, 2005 1:53 pm

doumallRoute Climbed: Traverse via Blanca Date Climbed: July, 11 2004  Sucess!


32nd 14er!
Posted Jul 13, 2005 3:14 pm

umbra altaRoute Climbed: Blanca connecting ridge/SE Face Date Climbed: August 2003  Sucess!

umbra alta

Climbed this as the third peak in Little Bear/Blanca/Ellingwood enchainment. Stuck to the ridge 90 percent of the way to avoid miserable talus slope. Seemed logical after doing Little Bear/Blanca ridge. Also descended Ellingwood's south ridge for continued 3rd and 4th class climbing. A banner day.
Posted Jun 22, 2005 2:56 pm

km_donovanRoute Climbed: South Face III Date Climbed: September 1, 2000  Sucess!


Descended from Blanca and traversed to the route. A cool sunny day but back in Texas it was 110 deg. I was glad to be on Ellingwood.
Posted Jun 8, 2005 7:13 am

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: Traverse from Blanca Date Climbed: May 29, 2005  Sucess!


This route gets an early sunhit ... snow was softening up by the time I made it onto the SW face. Stuck to the ridge - some easy and fun scrambling. Several fun glissades on the way back down to Lake Como.
Posted Jun 2, 2005 1:23 am

bakcastRoute Climbed: Traverse from Blanca Date Climbed: July 2000  Sucess!


Nice relaxing traverse after Blanca - has anyone actually stayed on the ridge for this traverse instead of heading accross the face?
Posted Jan 5, 2005 7:41 pm

RatballsRoute Climbed: A small fissure in the south face Date Climbed: 20 August, 2004  Sucess!


I had a fun night and day in the Lake Como basin, and climbed a somewhat obscure route on Ellingwood's south face: a small fissure to the east of the larger crease between the summit block and the southwest ridge (the one that most south face ascenders use). This one goes straight for the summit from the top of the talus slope just north of the lower Crater Lake.

The storm at Lake Como the night before was atrocious. I'm surprised nobody was killed.

Trip report here.
Posted Sep 12, 2004 11:42 pm

cagedalpinistRoute Climbed: High traverse from Blanca Peak Date Climbed: 12 July 2004  Sucess!


Beautiful climb.
Posted Aug 18, 2004 1:11 am

DaveCRoute Climbed: ne ridge Date Climbed: june 01  Sucess!


Had plans for little bear first, but weather caused a late start and ellingwood as a default. summited w/4 others with the same dilemma and plan.
Posted May 20, 2004 9:37 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: October 12, 2002  Sucess!


What an awesome time to come to Como Lake! We didn't share this basin with *anyone* else all day. We tried out the SW ridge and loved it so much, we repeated it in 2003. A trip report is available here.
Posted Apr 9, 2004 5:48 pm

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