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!
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.