Kessler and I hiked the 4wd road to Lake Como. It was a rather hot and tedious hike. We found a nice campsite at 11,960 feet and set up camp there.
In the morning we climbed Blanca Peak and Ellingwood Point. The views were a bit smoky. Blanca Peak was OK, but Ellingwood Point was just a choss pile. The ridge between the two was fun though.
Since we got back to camp fairly early we explored a bit around the basin.
In the morning, we climbed Little Bear Peak. The first talus slope was tedious and not fun at all. Then it was an OK traverse over to the Hourglass. The Hourglass would be the best part of the climb, but it is plagued by rockfall. In the Hourglass we met three people. Two were headed down and one was headed up. The person headed up wanted to join us since he was solo. We then joined up and climbed the rest of the way to Little Bear Peak. We were off the standard route a little and ended up climbing a short 5th class wall.
We met two girls at the summit. They were doing the traverse. After resting at the summit, the thee of us headed down. We were glad that there weren't more people on the mountain because of the rockfall danger.
The final gully descent was just as miserable as the ascent. If I ever did it again, I'd do it as a snowclimb.
After packing up, Kessler and I walked back down the 4wd road and headed for home.
Hiked up to the lakes day 1 6am- 12 pm.
Summit next day 545am - 930 am.
Thought about bringing dog. Glad I didn’t. Wouldn’t consider the last few hundred feet dog friendly especially close to the ridge line. Ended up ditching the trekking poles and scrambling the last few hundred feet.
Started climb from Blue Lakes campsite at 6:00am. Wind and rain most of the previous night, but dawn broke still and perfectly clear.
Wonderful climb, but when I reached the summit at 8:30am, I was met with a swarm of mosquitos. It’s above 14 thousand feet! Why are they even there? Do they just wait for climbers? There’s nothing else for them to eat. Sipping our blood above 14000 feet - is that like their Rocky Mountain high?
Solo winter day-trip from low on the Como Road
Pretty easily found the way from Ellingwood Point where I then scoped out the imposing Little Bear-Blanca traverse.
Wonderful trip with Brent and Michael
Climbed 14,345 ft. Blanca Peak with Matt today! We started our climb from 8,300 ft. on the hideous Lake Como road. Camped at Lake Como around 12,000 ft. Started our climb up Blanca around 6:30 AM and we made the summit around 10:30 AM. I summited 14,042 ft. Ellingwood Point after, 10 more to go! We then had to hike back down the Lake Como road. Matt and I agreed hiking up and down this road was the hardest part of the trip. Overall a great trip! Approx 18 miles round trip with 7000 ft of elevation gained.
In Seprtember 1997 we were trained up, camped above Como Lake ready to climb Little Bear and traverse until swirling storm clouds unleashed.
#1 7-5-17 With Brent & Lana. Wonderful hike, delicious scramble up the solid north ridge to the summit which we had all to ourselves. That doesn't happen often on 14er summits in the summer on holidays! Crater Lake was splendid. Wild flowers were abundant. Only a couple of fairly short patches of frozen snow to cross. Did Ellingwood Point afterward.
Harder than Little Bear due to Hail all over the peak.
Started low at 8,200' early in the morning (3:30am) to reach Como lake 3 hours later just before sunrise. Very rocky the entire way and without snow in the middle of September. 13,000' saddle (9:00am) offered a picturesque ridge-line up to this overlooking giant among other 14-ers in the San de Cristos. Almost 7 hours after starting from my car, I was standing at 14,345' and 105.4855 degrees longitude which isn't hard to see Blanca's trivia as the highest peak furthest east in the contiguous 48.
Adding a short 1:30 traverse to Ellingwood Peak before descent made it a 16-hour day. With over 6,000' of elevation gain in say 24-miles roundtrip made this comparable to a Mount Whitney car to car.
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.
Climbed with my son! Weather moved in before we could do the combo. Love that road in my Jeep!
Stayed high on the ridge as much as I could. Fun scramble up from the notch.
Six hours and twenty five minutes to the summit from where I parked on Lake Como Road about a half mile upslope from Rt 150. My Scion couldn't get far on that beast of a road so my start was at 340 AM. I bagged Ellingwood directly after. Eleven hours and forty five minutes door to door on a bright, beautiful day. First attempt I got snowed off on September 14th of 2011.
Started at 8,800' at about 2:30am and summited both Blanca and Ellingwood Point. Long but very rewarding day.
Also Ellingwood Pt. with Dave and Kat on a very warm day
Saw three bighorn rams on the approach through the lakes. The upper basin is incredibly beautiful. It was surprisingly cold for July, I climbed from the saddle to the summit in my lightweight down jacket! Simply amazing views from the top, and Ellingwood looks inviting, if surprisingly sinister, from Blanca.