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.
Beautiful approach to the base of Blanca Peak, hiking to the top was easy and fun, great views from the top. Hiking Lake Como Road is long and brutal adventure but once you are at Lake Como, everything pays off, amazing area.
with a crew trailbuilding. Nice few days out...
The hike to Lace Como is not very nice, we took full backpacks and it was long. The area is gorgeous. Blanca is beautiful and traverse to Ellingwood Poin is a nice spicy ridge.
Great trip with my friend Clark.
7.10.’12: Little Bear-Blanca traverse (finally!)- Left Little Bear's summit @ 10.33. Booked it, as clouds all around (didn't seem threatening, but didn't want them to evolve to that). Quite the aerobic climb, & great fun! Arrived @ Blanca's summit @ 11.50 => 1:17 total. Magnificent climb, great time!
Left summit @ 12.06 & descended NW face. Back @ car @ 8,000’ @ 17.19 (=> 11:27 c2c). What a day!!
7.16.'12: Ormes' Buttress ascent, w/ Faith; descent via Gash Ridge
Left campsite @ 4.51, TH (10,470’) @ 5.08. Started climb (Ormes' Buttress) @ 7.30.
First pitch loose 4th. Second pitch & on mostly 4th & easy 5th, frequently broken & loose, & interspersed by grassy ledges. Three or 4 sections of 5.6- 2nd pitch (the way we did it, at least) the crux- traverse to L, needed to get over overhang, comprised of detached blocks/flakes that seemed like great handholds (+ pro’ behind where detached, but also seemed like ready to come off if pulled or loaded (cam expanding). Freaky shit. Unroped in middle of climb for ~200’, & simul’ed last 400’ (4th -> easy 5th). On upper ‘prow,’ went to L to avoid difficulties (possible on many sections of the climb), as weather iffy.
Pro’ tiny (.1) -> #3 Camalot- as mostly parallel-sided cracks, nuts not very useful. Could’ve maybe used a 3.5). As rock compact, pro’ frequently scarce (anchors also sometimes difficult), as cracks infrequent.
Summited @ 13.23. Fun climb, but rock variability, & ledges decreased value somewhat. Still glad to have finally done!
After Ormes Buttress ascent, descended Gash Ridge. Exposed, fairly straightforward, & FUN! Rock quality fairly good- better than Ormes. Roach right on- mostly sustained 4th, with a few easy 5th sections. Belayed F through a few exposed sections.
Left summit @ 13.43. Unfortunately, went down wrong gully (should have climbed up & over (300’?) last uprising. Our descent was a shitty LOOSE gully that led to a talus/scree field that cliffed out. Dropped bag w/ pro’ in it & prolonged rain/hail only added to the fun. Attempt to get off when valley below SO tantalizingly close unbelievably vexing. F’s break-down only added to the seriousness. Did 3 rap’s. Last one, off a boulder that took one of my cordelettes, finally got to the ground @ 20.30. Final march thru driving rain put us back at the TH @ 22.13. FULL-VALUE day! Running heater for ½ hour, dry clothes, & chili SO good (couldn’t even tie laces before- fingers useless!). Epic day.
Did Ellingwood Point via SW ridge and traversed to Blanca Peak from an overnight camp above Lake Como. Saw some bighorn sheep.
Started 8650' day before. Camped at Lake Como. Thunder storm (with hail) ruined dinner time. Watched the fog roll in on the early morning start. Beautiful views from summit when fog allowed it. Great trip.
Climbed via the traverse from Little Bear. Classic.
My dates are all wrong probably but I forgot to sign the log last year. What an awesome climb with beautiful exposure though! Perfect weather too.
Long day. Hiked from close to Hwy 150 to peak. Endless rocks on the road, so wear solid footwear. Hiked with MCR. Beautiful scenery and ultimately well worth the effort.
Walked the road as we did not have a capable 4X4 and it was a very long day, but worth it.
Perfect weather. Summited on first day, camped along the upper lakes, and decended the next day.
Rained on the way down.