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seth@LOKI20 years later  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2017


In Seprtember 1997 we were trained up, camped above Como Lake ready to climb Little Bear and traverse until swirling storm clouds unleashed. This was steepbut seemed safer with solid snow, touch of ice. Better crampons made it better than my brother who sketched a bit using Katoola crampons.
Posted Jul 21, 2017 11:40 am

skorpeoHourglass did not disapoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2013


It was no joke. But I did not have any problems.
Posted Dec 13, 2016 11:43 pm

utclimberLittle Bear  Sucess!
Fun hike and challenging
Posted Oct 16, 2016 5:33 pm

xDoogiexLittle Bear solo   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2015


Fun solo climb. My first time back packing in and camping before a climb. I haven't been in good shape this year and was slow so I'll do the great traverse next time. When I got to the rappel station I went scrambled to far over west and went up and did at least one class 5 move on my traverse back east to the summit
Posted Sep 22, 2015 1:07 pm

Sarah SimonWest Ridge up, Hourglass down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2015

Sarah Simon

I now think of this mountain as Little Beast. What a peak! We went up the West Ridge. This route is technically not challenging (low-5th at most) but the scrambling / climbing is sustained and the exposure dramatic in many, many places. There is poor gear placement for the leader, though good alpine/terrain belay placements for the second (THANK YOU Little Bear!) Enjoyed insanely beautiful weather on this early September day. Rap / downclimbed the Hour Glass - what a piece of shit route that is. Water-polished, smooth rock and loose rock missiles - just vile.
Posted Sep 7, 2015 4:22 pm

SenadRRe: West Ridge up, Hourglass down


I'm glad you survived Little B***! Best way to climb this mountain is in the spring with snow in couloir.
Posted Sep 8, 2015 10:15 am

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

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