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.
Great hike, beautiful summit
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.
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).
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.
Camped at Como Lake and hit up Blanca the next morning. Nice ridge with decent exposure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fun traverse from Ellingwood. I tried to stay as high on the ridge as possible. It is very solid and fun! Memorable mountain!
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.
Climbed with Jamie Nellis via Ellingwood Point. Great day, summited at 10am to extensive views in every direction!
Parked 1.8 miles above the highway 150 turnoff. Hiked up the 4wd road and camped overnight about a half mile above Lake Como. It's a hot, brutal trek that climbs over 4,000 feet on six miles of the roughest road you can imagine. Got up early the next morning and climbed the final 2,300 ft to the summit.
Climbed standard route from Como.
Camped out above Como Lake. Climbed the peak the following morning and headed down for some fun in the dunes the next day.
All the way from the bottom as a day hike. That road is a mental slog. The summit ridge of Blanca is a treat, though. 6 total hours from bottom to top with Tanya, then went over to Ellingwood.
Didn't try to drive the road. It's a long hike. Camped just above Lake Como. My first 14er and it was a long, fun one.
My partner was too heavy and kept post holing in the crusty snow. I thought lite thoughts and made it to the steep, hard, snow ice with energy left to top out. I should have stayed on the summit longer. I didn't savor it.