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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

Larry VRoute Climbed: High traverse from Blanca Peak Date Climbed: July 1998  Sucess!

Larry V

Windy morning! Bagged Blanca, Ellingwood, and Little Bear in one day.
Posted Apr 7, 2004 11:58 pm

JonBradfordRoute Climbed: Traverse from Blanca Peak Date Climbed: September 16, 2001  Sucess!


Nice Mountain. I am suprised some people resisted recognizing it as a seperate summit from Blanca. My 10 month old puppy Sopris' second fourteener and fifth mountain. Raymond dog was along on this one as well.

Posted Dec 18, 2003 7:05 pm

summiteer16Route Climbed: traverse from Blanca Date Climbed: May 2002  Sucess!


Great, easy, fun traverse. Great view of the dunes and backside. Touch the stick for good luck! Have Fun! Upon desent, don't vear too far right. the gully is not somewhere you want to end up.
Posted Dec 2, 2003 8:55 am

GrantRoute Climbed: Como Lake - Standard Route Date Climbed: Sept 21, 2003  Sucess!


A little past Como Lake are the Blue Lakes which are at timberline. From there I could see Ellingwood and Blanca (ascended it last year). There was a lot more snow up there more than I thought. I had come this far I wasn’t going to turn around now. The next lake along the trail is Crater Lake at 13,000 feet. The snow was averaging about a foot deep now. There were other people up there that day so a trail had been cut in the snow, but everybody ahead of me was going to Blanca.

The last six hundred feet to the summit was steep and difficult. I was slipping and it felt like I was almost rock climbing in snow, needless to say it wasn’t very fun. I thought about quitting numerous times but I told myself that I wasn't going to do another fifteen mile hike up here again. That excuse kept me going.

I didn’t get back to the car until 6:30 and I started at 7:15 in the morning. It was a very, very long, tiring day both mentally and physically. Ellingwood is rated a Class 2 hike but not today. I haven’t had a lot of experience in rating harder hikes but this one was harder than Crestone Peak and the Needle both of which are Class 3 hikes. All I have left in this area is Little Bear and I won’t be doing this for another couple of years. Hopefully by then I will have a truck and would be able to knock about four miles out of the day.
Posted Nov 12, 2003 8:58 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: August 3, 2003  Sucess!


We loved the Southwest Ridge so much last year, we had to make a repeat run on the way to Blanca this year. A trip report is available here.
Posted Aug 7, 2003 2:04 pm

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: Lake Como Approach and Traverse from Little Bear/Blanca Date Climbed: July 4 1999  Sucess!


Made the classic traverse from Little Bear and Blanca in a shroud of clouds. Couldn't see a damn thing.
Posted Oct 5, 2002 9:00 pm

thepluggerRoute Climbed: From Como Lake Date Climbed: August, 1997  Sucess!


Done in combination with Blanca Peak, an easy day since we had backpacked to and camped above Como Lake...just me and my faithful hiking partner, Jay.
Posted Jul 27, 2001 3:30 pm

climbcoloradoRoute Climbed: Traverse from Blanca Date Climbed: 06/30/01  Sucess!


I climbed this route from a high camp above Como lake. From Blanca there it is a solid class 2+ traverse to Ellingwood Point.

Posted Jul 25, 2001 9:07 am

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