Blanca Peak Climber's Log

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cftbq - Jun 20, 2008 12:45 am Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2008

semi-standard route  Sucess!

Climbed with trishapajean from 8,100 ft. on the Lake Como Rd. A long day, but a great summit in great weather. Mixed bare rock/crampon climb with some good glissading on the way down. My 34th 14er and my 100th summit overall.m


miztflip - Jun 13, 2008 5:23 am Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2008

From Ellingwood  Sucess!

Climbed the SW ridge of Ellingwood and continued on to Blanca staying on the ridge crest. Great views down the North Face. Some snow on descent. Only saw one other person over 2 days.


heather14 - May 18, 2008 5:51 pm Date Climbed: May 17, 2008

Great Views!  Sucess!

Cloudy for most of the morning and turned sunny and hot when we reached the top. Scratched plans to head over to Ellingwood do to a bunch of small slides releasing after it warmed up.

Eric Holle

Eric Holle - May 15, 2008 12:05 am Date Climbed: May 10, 2008

Lake Como  Sucess!

After summitting Ellingwood in a complete whiteout, Ben L and I pushed on to Blanca. As we were approaching the saddle, the clouds started to part, but the winds raged on creating a ground blizzard. We made the summit in good time and back to camp at the lake before going for Little Bear the next day.


Mots010 - May 12, 2008 3:32 pm Date Climbed: May 12, 2008

Fun spring day  Sucess!

Plenty of snow and some spicy moves just below Blanca's summit. Skied from the Ellingwood/Blanca saddle back to Lake Como.


MountainHikerCO - Feb 21, 2008 11:12 pm Date Climbed: Sep 4, 1999

Rescue  Sucess!

This was my second climb of Blanca. We packed in and camped at Lake Como. We did my third climb of Ellingwood. On the way down Ellingwood we came across an girl who was being helped along by her two companions. She had been hit in the ankle with a rock. I called for help with my cell phone. When the ranger arrived I got to be part of the rescue party. The slow trip back to camp took until 10:00. I was too tired to try Little Bear the next day. Our decision to leave early was helped by the group of yahoos that arrived and camped next to us. They were using a shotgun to split wood!


MountainHikerCO - Feb 21, 2008 11:05 pm Date Climbed: Jul 24, 1994

With Ellingwood  Sucess!

This was my first climb of Blanca. We hiked much of the Lake Como road from our campsite. I got my second climb of Ellingwood this day as well. Lightning came in to hurry us off of Ellingwood.


CODave - Feb 7, 2008 8:53 am Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2007

Standard route  Sucess!

Great hike, beautiful summit


tomlauren - Feb 3, 2008 7:12 am Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2007

Little Bear - Blanca - Ellingwood Pt in a day  Sucess!

From camp at Lake Como, climbed the West Ridge of Little Bear, performed the traverse to Blanca Peak, then descended Blanca's Northwest Face to Ellingwood Point's South Face with my friend Keith. The traverse from Little Bear to Blanca wasn't too bad, but you definitely need to stay mentally focused. The traverse took us 2.5 hours. It stormed most of the night; we almost didn't try the traverse.


virginiapine - Jan 15, 2008 3:44 pm Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2001

Ormes Buttress solo  Sucess!

So lovely - aspens were turning, excellent campsite near the N. Face in the pines. The Buttress was plenty fun in rock shoes & great weather. Traversed to Ellingwood (incredible N. Face as well), downclimbed its N. Ridge and off the E. side (some good technical scrambling).


ClimbandMine - Jan 14, 2008 5:56 pm Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2005

traverse  Sucess!

from Ellingwood


AltitudeSickness - Dec 22, 2007 7:59 pm Date Climbed: May 25, 2005

Route Climbed: Como Lake

Started off just off the highway. Our driver didnt want to take his suburban up the road at all. Beat ourself to death getting to Lake Como. Stayed the night. Our summit attempt was plaqued by post holeing all the up on the approach. Took the steep face up to the right of the saddle. Very enjoyable route. Made it to 13,800 when a memeber of our crew decided to leave our group to try his own route and got in trouble. Had to rescue him and take him down. He was ok. Too bad he made such a poor decision to do what he did and cost our crew our summit bid. There is always a next time.


spannring29 - Oct 21, 2007 12:11 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2007

Combo with Ellingwood  Sucess!

Camped at Como Lake and hit up Blanca the next morning. Nice ridge with decent exposure.


mnichols - Sep 23, 2007 1:58 pm Date Climbed: May 4, 2006

Blanca in Spring  Sucess!

Climbed it a while ago. Lots of fun, still covered in snow and the lakes were mostly iced over. Definitely a long climb, we did it in two days: the first went to Como Lake, the second summited.

bklowe - Sep 17, 2007 3:09 pm Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2007

Blanca Peak  Sucess!

Hiked up the Como Lake Road from 8,200 ft. This thing was a beast. Hardest part of the entire climb. Camped at Como Lake and climbed Blanca next day.

Mike Mc

Mike Mc - Sep 16, 2007 11:45 pm Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2007

Traverse  Sucess!

LB / Blanca Traverse- great exposure!!! This one is surely a mental challenge, staying focused on every foot and hand hold for 2+ hours is crucial. Scrambled over to Ellingwood to make it a day.


dr_gonz - Sep 4, 2007 3:57 pm

From Lake Como  Sucess!

Beautiful place, although the jeeps near the lake kind of ruined it all a little bit for me. It hailed/rained most of the night before. The weather prevented me from doing Little Bear and Ellingwood in 2006.


mtnhiker13 - Aug 20, 2007 3:38 pm Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007

traverse from Ellingwood  Sucess!

Fun traverse from Ellingwood. I tried to stay as high on the ridge as possible. It is very solid and fun! Memorable mountain!


ElliottDavis - Aug 20, 2007 12:08 am Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2007

high, airy fun from Ellingwood  Sucess!

Loved walking along the ridge top from Ellingwood Point with 1000+ feet of exposure; thrilling if you like that sort of thing. I felt that someone from the group ought to pee off the drop, so I took care of that.


chicagotransplant - Aug 12, 2007 9:09 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007

Via Ellingwood Point  Sucess!

Climbed with Jamie Nellis via Ellingwood Point. Great day, summited at 10am to extensive views in every direction!

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