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blueshadeTraverse + Ellingwood  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2015


First 14ers on the year. Little Bear via the Hourglass, the Traverse, then over to Ellingwood and down the ridge- all around the cirque! The Traverse is not nearly as bad as it's made out to be.
Posted Jul 30, 2015 1:34 am

SenadRFun climb!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2015


Challenging climb in somewhat good conditions, hourglass was in good shape. Good climb.
Posted Jun 9, 2015 4:19 pm

FensterschlechterLittle Bear - Blanca - Ellingwood Hat Trick!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2011


Perfect weather - started at 6 am from camp above Lake Como. LB by 8 am, Blanca at 10:30 am, and Ellingwood at noon. A stellar day!
Posted Aug 16, 2014 4:21 pm

MadGrad96Little Bear  Sucess!


Standard route
Posted Nov 1, 2013 8:15 am

astroclimberThe Never Ending Southwest Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2013


Views are great but it seems to never end. With Jeremiah Meizis.
Posted Sep 8, 2013 8:59 pm

Ken DammenStandard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2013

Ken Dammen

Climbed the standard West Ridge route and up the "Hourglass". This was #53 of Colorado #58 14ers. Weather was good and there were only 3 others on the route. I did have one "missile" rock come down near me, but thankfully it avoided me. An orange static canyoneering rope was fixed in place and was in excellent shape. I used a harness and climbing shoes and helmet. Overkill I realize, but it did make me feel a little safer. Fun climb, but it would be very dangerous with a lot of people on route or in poor weather.
Posted Aug 17, 2013 12:21 am

SherpaSaraSolo Little Bear  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2013


Had the whole mountain to myself on a Saturday...what a miracle!
Posted Jun 29, 2013 11:40 pm

FletchCinco de Mayo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 5, 2013


Felt a little guilty stealing a bootpack, but then again, I didn't feel that bad...
Posted May 6, 2013 12:57 pm

I like it on topLittle Bear  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2013

I like it on top

Some post holing, but overall a great climb and fun day. Wish the cloud ceiling would have risen for a better view but not complaining.
Posted Apr 18, 2013 8:25 am

skyward22hourglass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2010


Fun climb! Got into some gravely mixed scree-ice in the hourglass.
Posted Jan 15, 2013 3:06 am

Matt LemkeSW Ridge in Winter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 29, 2012

Matt Lemke

What a great route! The Mamma Bear traverse was incredible! Not too much snow on the route and we had a calm sunny day. I had just come from Seattle at sea level and had no altitude acclimatization so it was somewhat painful but I pushed through.
Posted Dec 30, 2012 1:48 pm

triyodaThe Glass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2012


Had the mountain to myself. As careful as I was, still sent a few rocks down (no one below). Great peak, I would never climb this with anyone above me.
Posted Dec 19, 2012 1:33 am

rasgoatNice!  Sucess!


Climbed the Northwest Face and it was fun! Nice summit. Bailed on the traverse due to time and storms rolling in early on the prior days. The descent of the wet hourglass is intimidating!
Posted Nov 24, 2012 2:56 pm

DigglerGreat warm-up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2012


After 4 hours of sleep, drove to trailhead from Alamosa (F in motel prep’ing for High Desert Museum interview). After getting to TH sign-in @ 4.44 & parking, realized day pack nowhere to be found. Thorough, frantic scouring of both front & back failed to locate it. Called F & she didn’t see it anywhere around motel either. Finally decided to drive back to Alamosa to see if it had perhaps fallen off of the truck by chance that I’d accidentally forgotten it on top of truck or something. En route saw it lying on roadway I’d accidentally turned onto before correcting self (along w/ camping pot). Had just prayed to St. Antonius for help finding it. No amount of recollection or logic could explain how it could have fallen out of the truck! Grabbed it & headed back to parking (8,000’, 1.8 mi. after turn-off). Left TH @ 5.52. Hauled ass to try to compensate for lost time. Encountered old man muttering to himself shortly before lake. Came across a group of 3 (above me) @ Hourglass & passed on 4th class on L (crux dripping w/ H2O from previous night’s rains). Summited to partly cloudy, but w/ swirling clouds in many places, @ 10.22 (4:30 after leaving car @ 8,000’). Left summit @ 10.33 for Blanca.
Posted Oct 1, 2012 7:51 pm

Woodie HopperNW face misadventure  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2012

Woodie Hopper

Found a scree slope to the North of the standard route which cliffed-out somewhere on the NW face (South of the summit). I missed the standard route turnoff in the dark. Stuck too high, almost every rock was rotten and pulled out with little effort. This reminded me of pulling books out of a shelf at the library! Very scary, and I'm lucky to eventually climb my way out of several hundred feet of nearly vertical climbing with so much rotten rock. After topping out, I dropped down and summited via the hourglass. Afterwards I took the LB-Blanca ridge (easy after my NW face fiasco) and also climbed Ellingwood Point.
Posted Aug 5, 2012 1:49 am

boisedochourglass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2012


as advertised. I think this is most difficult colorado 14er. The hourglass was wet and a fall could be fatal. The rope was in good shape and the slings looked good. I used it to come down. I wished I had my climbing harness with me. Even above and below the rope there is plenty of scrambling. I was solo on a sunday so no rockfall risk. Generally, if you stay on route above the rope (go left) there is not too much loose rock.
Posted Jul 23, 2012 12:04 am

xpdaLittle Bear  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2004


Posted Oct 29, 2011 1:07 pm

Ted EliasonLittle bitch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 23, 2009

Ted Eliason

We thought we would get the better of this route with firm snowpack. What we endured was white out conditions, post holing and a 22 hour round trip ordeal. I'd come back to see is this is easier in better conditions if I didn't hate the Como Road so much.
Posted Oct 13, 2011 5:21 pm

coolalertguyFirst Fourteener  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2011


Probably a little crazy as my first fourteener, but I've climbed plenty of fourth- and fifth-class stuff before. Quiet day (only one other party on the mountain) and decent weather for the ascent—overcast, but not windy. Two of us started up a little late from above Lake Como and reached the summit via the hourglass 4:50 later. Started to sprinkle snow flurries on the descent and was raining on our hike out to the vehicle. Next morning we noticed white on the tops of the mountains. Overall, a great trip!
Posted Sep 15, 2011 12:46 pm

vbeckman74Heads Up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 8, 2005


Great conditions for November. Little Bear is very dangerous. Be aware of parties above you in the hourglass. Softball sized talus will rocket down the chute at about 100 mph. Roped movement might not be a bad idea. There was a fall fatality in 2010.
Posted Aug 7, 2011 10:41 am

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