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myroneLittle Bear via Como Lake Rd.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2009


Met a new friend in Clay, we started up at 7:19AM from our parking spot 3.5 miles up from the TH and reached the summit at 1:06PM via the "hourglass" route. Clear skies all day long, Clay went up to Ellingwood Pt. as I returned back to my truck at 6:35PM. My 46th 14'er.........sweet!
Posted Sep 12, 2009 2:17 pm

cftbqGlad I didn't try this sooner  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2009


Had to climb something on 09-09-09. After 47 other 14ers, I was finally ready for Little Bear. Standard "hourglass" route was still quite hard enough for both me and my climbing partner. We were the only people to summit that day, but an amazing 24 other entries were in the register just since the first of the month. Just as dangerous as it's made out to be.
Posted Sep 10, 2009 12:57 am

strudolyubovStandard Route, Hourglass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2009


Started hiking up Lake Como road from ~8,500 ft, climbed Little Bear via standard route (West Ridge/Hourglass) and returned the same way. 10 hours total. Hourglass/rockfall was not bad: had only four other people on the summit/heading up. Perfect day, awesome views from the summit.
Posted Sep 3, 2009 10:29 pm

Big Skies 808NW Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2009

Big Skies 808

Stunning 4th class route up the north face, leading up to the traverse. Highly highly recommended.
Posted Aug 24, 2009 5:58 pm

alpspitzeHourglass Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2009


No problems heading up the hourglass. Beautiful spot on top. Went up Blanca and Ellingwood after.
Posted Aug 24, 2009 12:19 pm

Liba Kopeckovafrom Lake Como  Sucess!

Liba Kopeckova

Slept above Lake Como, right at the turn-off from the trail towards Blanca/Elingwood. Hourglass did not seem so bad, just loose rocks could be really dangerous, but I was the first one to summit that cold am.
Posted Jul 8, 2009 4:43 am

heather14Snow Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 31, 2009


I think this is my favorite 14er ascent to date. The snow was continuous all the way to the top and in prime condition.
Posted Jun 1, 2009 9:30 pm

PablohoneyAwesome  Sucess!


Did this a few years back in February. Despite some post holing it was great. No one else around, in tee shirts (which became jackets very quickly when we stopped) as we approached the summit in perfect winter conditions.
Posted Mar 28, 2009 6:51 pm

Mots010LB-->Blanca-->Ellingwood  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2008


Hourglass is sketch. The traverse is stunning.
Posted Aug 31, 2008 8:52 pm

HokieJimWhat a day!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 27, 2008


Never thought I would set foot on that summit! Unbelievably fun climb in great snow conditions!
Posted Aug 23, 2008 3:42 pm

msihlNW buttress with class 5 variation  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2008


Climbed with Sarp and Paul. Tough 5.6-5.7 section, very icy and slippery...rappelled down the hour glass. 6 hrs up, 6.5 hrs down from Lake Como.
Posted Aug 20, 2008 2:28 pm

davebobk47Hourglass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2008


Climbed via the hourglass; lots of water. No one else on the route. Clouds rolled in just before noon. 7 hours round trip from Lake Como camp, started 0530.
Posted Jul 28, 2008 9:58 am

GahugafugaW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2008


Wet rock made for a tricky ascent and even trickier descent. Several others were on route simultaneously but everyone was good about not kicking down anything too big. Still, I could hear rockfalls occurring all over the mountain which was a little spooky.
Posted Jul 13, 2008 1:43 am

KieferSnow climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 18, 2008


Definately much easier with snow. That ridge traverse to Blanca should be ready in another couple weeks.
Posted May 19, 2008 7:48 pm

Eric HolleHourglass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 11, 2008

Eric Holle

After summiting Ellingwood and Blanca the day before, Ben L and I ascended the Hourglass route on Little Bear Pk in thinning snow conditions with a bit of ice peeking out. Exciting and rewarding summit!
Posted May 15, 2008 12:08 am

ktiffany22Against all odds  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 27, 2008


We summited! 2 hour driving "boot delay," flat tire on the hwy delay, vehicle road-blocking on Como-lake road delay and cause for extra hiking with camping gear in hand... but we made it! Climbing this is in snow (very avy prone so be careful about conditions) is totally the way to do it to avoid rockfall danger! We EARNED this summit!!!
Posted Apr 28, 2008 6:15 pm

shknbkeHourglass/West ridge from road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 27, 2008


Perfect snow conditions in the hourglass as I summitted with Hokiejim and ktiffany22. We camped at 10.2K at the sites along Como Lake Rd and bushwacked all the way up the west ridge to meet the standard route. Slope angle was meaured at 40-45 degrees below/to the rap anchors and there was a very short 50 degree slope just below the summit. Climbing on stable snow is the way to do Little Bear!
Posted Apr 28, 2008 5:51 pm

astrobassmanFun Mountain


I really liked this mountain and didn't think the hourglass was too bad, but a marmot did eat my hat at the base of it.
Posted Mar 21, 2008 3:49 pm

SarahThompsonHourglass / NW Face & Winter Ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2005


9/17/05 - Climbed the hourglass route from camp at Lake Como.

6/10/06 - One day blitz of the Lake Como Trio. Climbed the NW Face of Little Bear, did the classic traverse to Blanca, stayed on the ridge to Ellingwood, and descended Ellingwood's SW ridge.

2/28/09 - Climbed the NW Face (protected everything from the black hand, up). Descended the standard Hourglass route. 18 hrs car to car. NW Face = cold in winter
Posted Mar 13, 2008 1:38 pm

MountainHikerCOLightning  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2001


This was my second climb of Little Bear. We did the standard hourglass route. We were hurried by lightning on the return.
Posted Feb 22, 2008 8:40 pm

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