Long day hike. Snowed a little on me near the top.
Awesome day, no weather.
One of my crazy fourteener trips. Camped at Lake Como, which was completely covered under ice and snow. A lot of snow. Did loose the track and started snow climbing the ridge between Little Bear and Blanca Peak. Duchess was afraid on this one.
Clouds rolling in and out all morning and very wet slushy snow. It took me forever but I eventaually made it and got a few nice views between clouds.
Climbed with Susan, a ranger from Great Sand Dunes NM. Walked the road and watched some amazing driving. Camped above Como Lake. We were the only ones on the peak, rare for a Colorado 14eer!
First 14er. Solo trip. Camped just above Lake Como. Made the saddle between Blanca and Ellingwood, then up the airy ridge to the summit. Incredible views. Had the mountain to myself. Wish I'd climbed Ellingwood too.
Started from camp near Blue Lakes. Climbed the standard route and continued on to Ellingwood. Good weather, great views.
Climbed with Christoph, who did his first 14er climb...about a foot of snow on the summit and the ridge and temperatures below freezing. But very fun climb!
A long day completely enshrouded in clouds,rain and wind from 8,500 ft. with Tard Sauce (aka Brandon Fuller) and his sister.
Went from bottom of Lake Como Road in a day.
Climbed the standard route. I was fighting a sour stomach all morning and almost threw up around 13k'. After taking a few moments to calm down and assess myself for AMS (it wasn't) I decided to fight through it. Glad I did - the views from on top were awesome. And I never puked!
Traversed the ridge from Ellingwood Point on a cloudy, drizzly day. Overcast skies opened up on the summit, just enough to provide glimpses of the beautiful surroundings. An excellent traverse on good rock, with noticeable but fairly safe and manageable exposure. Returned back down through the Lake Como Basin, with cloud cover providing shade for most of the way. An absolutely wonderful 1st trip to the Sangres.
An awesome summit, did this solo from the 2WD parking in a single, very long day! Blew a hole in my boots, but well worth it.
We made it about 3 miles up the "road" and hiked about a half mile past Lake Como & camped. The following day, my wife & I hiked Blanca (our 23rd 14er). Other than an army of Marmots, we were the only ones on the mountain. We stayed on the east side of the mtn. then hit the trail about 1000 ft from the saddle. We then continued to the high side to the saddle. The trail was really obscured by the snow. It was a splendid day but difficult hike because of the snow considerable snow and the fact that we now live in Knoxville, TN >> the views were spectacular!!!! We got a flat on the way down.
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
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.
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.
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.
Plenty of snow and some spicy moves just below Blanca's summit. Skied from the Ellingwood/Blanca saddle back to Lake Como.
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!