Blanca Peak Climber's Log

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WillieCornett

WillieCornett - Oct 14, 2012 1:09 am Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2007

Beautiful  Sucess!

Great trip with my friend Clark.

Diggler

Diggler - Oct 1, 2012 8:02 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2012

What a mountain!  Sucess!

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.

djkest

djkest - Aug 28, 2012 5:47 pm Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2012

Blanca Peak- From Ellingwood  Sucess!

Did Ellingwood Point via SW ridge and traversed to Blanca Peak from an overnight camp above Lake Como. Saw some bighorn sheep.

MissH

MissH - Aug 25, 2012 12:13 pm Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2012

Blanca-out  Sucess!

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.

Woodie Hopper

Woodie Hopper - Aug 5, 2012 1:52 am Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2012

Little Bear-Blanca traverse  Sucess!

Climbed via the traverse from Little Bear. Classic.

lilmantis

lilmantis - Jul 8, 2012 10:31 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2011

With Orion  Sucess!

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.

CWFry

CWFry - Jul 1, 2012 9:41 pm Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2012

Beautiful  Sucess!

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.

mjholmes

mjholmes - Mar 12, 2012 8:07 pm Date Climbed: Aug 4, 1979

Looooong Approach  Sucess!

Walked the road as we did not have a capable 4X4 and it was a very long day, but worth it.

mattwagner58 - Feb 6, 2012 12:32 pm Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2005

Great first 14er!  Sucess!

Perfect weather. Summited on first day, camped along the upper lakes, and decended the next day.

xpda

xpda - Oct 29, 2011 12:21 pm Date Climbed: Aug 4, 1995

Blanca  Sucess!

Rained on the way down.

BrianSS - Oct 22, 2011 7:50 pm Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2011

Route Climbed: Standard Route From Lake Como Trailhead  Sucess!

Started hiking a few miles in on Lake Como Road, set up camp, then continued on to the summits of Blanca and Ellingwood.

Ted Eliason

Ted Eliason - Oct 13, 2011 3:10 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2008

Linked over from Ellingwood  Sucess!

An easy traverse over

Jeremy Hakes

Jeremy Hakes - Oct 4, 2011 11:01 am Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2005

Night climb  Sucess!

During the night. Awesome.

JohnnyCO

JohnnyCO - Oct 1, 2011 2:01 pm Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2011

Blanca/ Ellingwood  Sucess!

Great weather! Bit cold on summit. Made my way over to Ellingwood via just below the ridge. Magnificent views and vibes!

belexes

belexes - Aug 22, 2011 2:52 pm Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2011

Lake Como  Sucess!

Meetup.com trip. We hiked in from San Luis Valley on Saturday and camped at Lake Como. We started around 4AM Sunday morning. There was a lot of loose talus higher up, so the "trail" was very hard to find. We went to the right before the saddle and dealt with some fairly easy class 3 scrambling before we made the summit. We got to the summit around 7:30 or so, I think. The clouds were already building up early in the day. Then we went over to Ellingwood Point.

twilly

twilly - Aug 21, 2011 10:14 pm Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2011

Beautiful Hike  Sucess!

Started at the very bottom and camped at lake como the first night then went to the top the next day along with ellingwood. Favorite mountain I have climbed so far.

I like it on top

I like it on top - Aug 14, 2011 6:09 pm Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2011

Lake Como Route  Sucess!

Great hike and weather along with Ellingwood.

nutaylay - Jul 19, 2011 2:37 pm Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2011

First 14er  Sucess!

Did this on a 2 day trip, camped Saturday at Lake Como and hit the summit the next day, rested for about 1/2 hour while breaking down camp, and descended. On the way up got sidetracked in a couloir pretty close to Ellington and then had to take the ridge the rest of the way to Blanca. Would have liked to do another peak in the area, but facing an 8 mile descent and tired legs decided to scrap and drive back to Denver. Beautiful!

zoomloco

zoomloco - Jul 16, 2011 4:41 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2010

traverse  Sucess!

The traverse from little bear is the best CO 14 traverse, and maybe the best CO 14er route period. probably only class 4, though a bit exposed. TR up at http://zoomloco.xanga.com/732717261/purple-mountain-majesties/

Brad Snider

Brad Snider - Jun 27, 2011 2:33 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2011

Gash Ridge  Sucess!

Fun Climb from Huerfano Basin. Car shuttle to Lake Como Road after tagging Ellingwood Point as well.

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