I started in the scrub just above the desert floor at 1:30am hiking by the light of the full moon (very cool). Went up and did Blanca and back in one long day, tired but happy. Hey, it's good to be 50!
Excellent adventure! The ridge is a "Must-Do" classic for anyone who craves exposure.
**Be in good climbing shape, and well prepared for the long ridge. During my traverse (2hrs), one party of two and a roped party of 3 had to exit the ridge under siege of a fierce hail storm. I passed them at the 1/3 point and reached Blanca by the time they were 50%. I reached the lakes before the hail began. Their slow travel and underestimation cost them a dangerous descent. They were fortunate to reach the lakes without injury (or worse).
Larry Byrne and I summited at 0907. We backpacked up to above Como Lake and bivied the night before and set out to summit 0500. Fantastic views nice hike/climb.
Hope to return in Sept. and go for the Little Bear - Blanca ridge! Beautiful weather.
I have not yet climbed this mountain
Excellent high peak traverse...perhaps as close as we can get to an Alps experience...
My 2 sons and I just returned from climbing Blanca. They are only 7 and 10 yrs old so this was a big accomplishment. The weather was great, though a little cold and windy. We did it in two days. We camped the first night between Como and Blue Lake. We made it to the top the next day no problem!
The traverse from Little Bear turned out to be one of the best routes I've done to date. Loads of exposure and fun climbing. This was my second time on the summit of Blanca, the first being via the Gash Ridge. We brought gear to camp on the summit. My first time spending the night on top of a 14er and it was an incredible experience.
I tried this peak in Summer 2002 but only made it to about 13,900'. So I was determined to reach the summit. Made it this time, on a beautiful fall day, after camping above Lake Como. Had some snow to contend with above treeline, and found myself on a somewhat gnarly steep snow section after wrongly choosing to leave the ridge line. Got back to the ridge and stayed there to the summit.
This is a great mountain. The hike back down to the car is very, very long. I started way down at 8,000'.
Climbed with my 80-year old father, who made it! See trip report. This was my third time to summit Blanca Peak.
Incredible ridge climb!!!! Gerry Roach rates this climb as a 5.0 - 5.2 climb and I would say that is right on the money. We did the entire ridge without a rope. Gary, Stephanie and Myself. After summiting we though we could grab Ellingwood as well so we started down toward the saddle at which point we looked over our route descriptions again and thought the decent off of Ellingwood back to the Heurfano trail head would be too technical of a descent. So we decided to head down from the saddle which turned out to be extremely technical downclimbing. Thankfully we had a rope and rapelled one section and hand rapelled another section. We were all very relieved to get down this safely. Stephanie has a nasty scar to remind her of this day.
My 1st fourteener and a climb I had wanted to do for a long time.
Did this in two days parked at the very bottom as the small car could not go up the cobbles in the road. we camped near the 4-wheel drive road just below lake como and woke up early the next morning and summited great view of nearly everything around.
Climbed in conjunction with Ellingwood Peak. This was memorable as my 10 month old puppy Sopris' first fourteener. Damn she made me proud. She turned into the best mountain dog I could imagine.
I left a pair of boots next to the trail ~11,000ft, on return only 1 was there. These had medically necessary orthodics in them. If anyone came across a single boot, please post me.
I loved this traverse! We were on the ridge crest for all but one small section, peering over the 1000' drop into Huerfano Basin. I have a trip report is available here.
Climbed this mountain for the 3rd time with another high camp at the Blue Lakes. For such a low grade, low class mountain, Blanca will make you break a sweat! especially if you hike the Como Lake trail as I have done 3 times. The climb up was a great scramble. Lorena (my girlfriend) and I made it up rather quickly. We also had to get down quick as the clouds and static electricity were getting bad! Seeing hair stand on end is not my idea of a safe environment.
A group of 4 of my friends decided to road trip it to Blanca during our Labor Day break at Texas Tech. Pam (bottom left) flew in from Houston to meet Vic (bottom right), Ricardo (top right) and myself (top left). The trip was quite an adventure. The Como Lake road almost "ate" Vic's little Mazada truck he had at the time. We were slow coming down the mountain as Ricardo and I were acting "guides" for Vic and Pam. After breaking our Blue Lakes camp. We found ourself hiking the Como Lake Road very very late! The plan was for Ricardo (climber from El Salvador) to "run" down the mountain and get the truck and meet us to eliminate part of the descent. It didn't work as planned. In Alamosa at midnight we found out there was no where to eat so we just went to the bar and fed ourselves beer. The drive back to Lubbock was great the next day!
My friend Robert and I managed to tag Blanca's lofty summit during the 4th of July weekend in 1998. I can't remember the actual day I stood on top, but it was in and around that range. I remember part of the massive crowd at the summit was a dog. There were these odd high altitude flies bugging climbers at the summit as well. Great climb with good views. Its a good scrambe and a great introduction to basic exposure as the North Face of Blanca affords steep views! while staying safe just below the ridge line on the saddle up to the summit.
Tough slog with 40 lbs. packs and knee deep snow. we made it to crater lake decided to set up camp and summit next morning. that night it snowed about a foot and we were surrounded by avalanche prone slopes so we decided to pack up and return home.