Blanca Peak Climber's Log

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1mvertical - Nov 22, 2005 7:08 pm

Route Climbed: Como Lake Date Climbed: May 05, 2005  Sucess!

Deep deep snow and steep ice made the the climb considerably tougher than the standard summer route. We were forced to traverse several avy chutes 1 at a time to be safe. Some had run, some had not. In the end, we found the snow high up to be deep powder leading to a freezing summit. Somebody forgot to tell mother nature it was spring up there. Would have been an awesome ski descent. Back at the jeep around 9800' it was near 80 degrees.

colohiker - Oct 4, 2005 11:40 pm

Route Climbed: Como Lake Trailhead Date Climbed: October 2, 2005  Sucess!

A little snow and ice lead to some tricky footing close to the summit, but still a short, sweet hike/climb from high camp, beautiful day. LOOONG hike back down to Lake Como Trailhead.

Old Ickabod

Old Ickabod - Oct 4, 2005 3:55 pm

Route Climbed: Como Lake Date Climbed: 9/30/05  Sucess!

What an awesome one-day solo ascent of Blanca and Ellingwood. Parked about one mile past the trailhead and began hiking at 7am. Summitted Blanca at 11:45am, the last 100 feet was a little more time consuming because of fresh ice and snow. Stayed about 150 to 200 feet below the ridge while traversing to Ellingwood. No snow or ice on Ellingwood. Some route finding issues on the way down Ellingwood. Hiked out and returned to the truck by 6pm. I love fourteeners in the Fall!

Bob Bolton

Bob Bolton - Sep 30, 2005 10:10 pm

Route Climbed: Como Lake Date Climbed: September 20, 2005  Sucess!

Climbed with Duane Gilliland on our Ultra-prominence trip to Colorado and Utah. Blanca was the highest peak in Colorado we hadn't climbed. Traversed over to Ellingwood Point before heading back to Lake Como. By the next morning the weather was threatening, so we figured we could bag Little Bear as a day climb on a future trip.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Sep 30, 2005 10:03 pm

Route Climbed: standard Date Climbed: July 15, 2004  Sucess!

started at 4 to have it to myself and then went to Ellingwood


samajax - Sep 12, 2005 1:32 pm

Route Climbed: Como Lake Date Climbed: 20Aug98  Sucess!

Good hike for the first one. As anyone can tell, don't try and drive up the road to far. If you're tired, the road down is full of ankle twisting rocks.


jwproulx - Sep 6, 2005 7:28 pm

Route Climbed: Little Bear - Blanca Traverse Date Climbed: 3 September 2005  Sucess!

This ridge was a blast - moderately difficult but almost always very secure climbing. The exposure is thrilling, especially since you know you're not likely to fall - like looking out of an airplane window. After Little Bear, this ridge was a relief. Clouds, wind, rain, and snow sent me packing down back to Crater lake. I left Boulder at 1:15am, started hiking at 6:15am, and arrived back at my car a little before 10:00pm. I guess that counts as a long day.

nmmi9100 - Aug 30, 2005 4:15 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Route (Ellingwood Point Ridge, from Lake Como) Date Climbed: 28 August 2005, 1:00 pm  Sucess!

Como Road tough even for an ATV. Large parking area at 7880 to Lake Como is 6.9 miles according to ATV odometer. The Climb from Lake Como to Blanca is Medium Talus for all but the first mile. Good worthwhile climb but definitely not a walkup. Thunder and snow on the peak sent us down hill after a few pics and signing the register. See my forthcoming trip report.


bc44caesar - Aug 29, 2005 10:41 am

Route Climbed: Traverse from Ellingwood Date Climbed: 27 Aug 2005  Sucess!

Continued on to Blanca from Ellingwood, staying as high as possible without having to do much scrambling. The weather held up and I made a nice leisurely descent back to my camp below Little Bear's face.

RC Cola

RC Cola - Aug 17, 2005 12:11 am

Route Climbed: NW Face from the High Traverse from Ellingwood Date Climbed: August 14, 2005  Sucess!

The fog was so terrible that we couldn't see anything from the summit. I wish we could have stayed higher on the Ellingwood-Blanca Ridge but the fog presented some route-finding problems. Ice was actually starting to form on the rocks as we were going down.


shaungthomas - Jul 31, 2005 9:00 pm

Route Climbed: Como Lake Trailhead Date Climbed: 7/16/05  Sucess!

This was the rockiest trail I had ever been on. It was worth the view! Be careful climbing the Skree Field, my partner and I Lost trail several times.


doumall - Jul 13, 2005 2:33 pm

Route Climbed: Northwest Face Date Climbed: July, 11 2004  Sucess!

31st 14er!

umbra alta

umbra alta - Jun 22, 2005 2:37 pm

Route Climbed: Little Bear/Blanca Ridge Date Climbed: August 2003  Sucess!

Climbed as traverse-enchainment with Little Bear and Ellingwood Point. This full traverse with descent of Ellingwood's South Ridge was the way to go. Sick exposure and constant 3rd and 4th class all day.


km_donovan - Jun 6, 2005 7:00 am

Route Climbed: Nortwest Face III Date Climbed: September 1, 2000  Sucess!

My climbing partner said “One down 53 to go.” I took him literally and am on my way to completing the 14’ers.


hhsilleck - Jun 2, 2005 2:56 am

Route Climbed: West Face Date Climbed: May 29, 2005  Sucess!

Perfect conditions all the way from Crater Lakes up to the ridge - about 1500 feet of uninterrupted easy to moderate snow. Tons of fun.


bechtt - Mar 12, 2005 2:10 pm

Route Climbed: Como Lake Date Climbed: Aug 95  Sucess!

Nice hike in -- great boulder climb up


bakcast - Jan 5, 2005 7:39 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July 2000  Sucess!

Spectacular mountain but quite frustrating to see the four-wheelers heading into the high-alpine beyond Como Lake road. Traversed to Ellingwood later in the day.

ripper333 - Oct 24, 2004 3:35 pm

Route Climbed: como lake trailhead Date Climbed: may 1998 july 2004  Sucess!

2004 caught in some bad weather. headed back to camp waited out the storm. busted back up about 4pm at full tilt. summited and ran back to camp before dark. 1998- alot of snow. very tiring because of all

the postholing.


WildmanDallas - Sep 6, 2004 3:25 am

Route Climbed: Como Lake Trail Date Climbed: July 31, 2004  Sucess!

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!


jwclimbs - Aug 23, 2004 11:36 am

Route Climbed: Little Bear to Blanca Ridge Date Climbed: August 21, 2004  Sucess!

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).

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