Blanca Peak Climber's Log

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mnichols - Sep 23, 2007 1:58 pm Date Climbed: May 4, 2006

Blanca in Spring  Sucess!

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.

bklowe - Sep 17, 2007 3:09 pm Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2007

Blanca Peak  Sucess!

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.

Mike Mc

Mike Mc - Sep 16, 2007 11:45 pm Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2007

Traverse  Sucess!

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.


dr_gonz - Sep 4, 2007 3:57 pm

From Lake Como  Sucess!

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.


mtnhiker13 - Aug 20, 2007 3:38 pm Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007

traverse from Ellingwood  Sucess!

Fun traverse from Ellingwood. I tried to stay as high on the ridge as possible. It is very solid and fun! Memorable mountain!


ElliottDavis - Aug 20, 2007 12:08 am Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2007

high, airy fun from Ellingwood  Sucess!

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.


chicagotransplant - Aug 12, 2007 9:09 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007

Via Ellingwood Point  Sucess!

Climbed with Jamie Nellis via Ellingwood Point. Great day, summited at 10am to extensive views in every direction!


brianhughes - Jul 19, 2007 1:51 am Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2007

from Lake Como road  Sucess!

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.

Panthera uncia

Panthera uncia - Jun 17, 2007 6:35 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2005

Fun Climb!  Sucess!

Climbed standard route from Como.

Garon Coriz

Garon Coriz - Jun 11, 2007 6:18 pm Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2007

2 night trip  Sucess!

Camped out above Como Lake. Climbed the peak the following morning and headed down for some fun in the dunes the next day.


sbkelley - May 24, 2007 6:22 pm Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2006

Como Road  Sucess!

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.

Art Vandalay

Art Vandalay - Apr 3, 2007 8:58 pm

A long hike  Sucess!

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.


lizrdboy - Feb 26, 2007 5:01 am

Sort of Solo  Sucess!

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.


weeds19 - Jan 18, 2007 4:15 am Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2000

My 2nd 14er  Sucess!

I drove up from ABQ and met a friend from Denver. We hiked in the Lake Como road in the dark and climbed Blanca and Ellingwood the next day. This was when I realized that climbing 14er was hard work!


boisedoc - Dec 17, 2006 4:13 pm Date Climbed: Jul 29, 1988

crazy road  Sucess!

The road was the main adventure. Surely the worst 4wd road in the state


flamethewolf - Oct 22, 2006 3:50 am Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2004

1st 14er  Sucess!

How sweet it is... now I'm hooked

royswkr - Sep 22, 2006 2:23 pm Date Climbed: Sep 4, 1995

Impressive peak  Sucess!

Long slog up jeep road, then steep but easy


shanahan96 - Aug 11, 2006 2:22 am Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2006

little bear-blanca traverse  Sucess!

traversed from little bear. awesome, exposed route! move this one to the top of your to-do list.


Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Jul 22, 2006 10:59 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2006

Gash Ridge  Sucess!

En route to Ellingwood Point. Descended Ellingwood Point's North Ridge. 8 hours roundtrip from Lily Lake Trailhead. Trip Report


ktiffany22 - Jul 3, 2006 7:14 am Date Climbed: May 13, 2006

Snow climb on Blanca  Sucess!

Wow- what a SNOW climb! We used our ice axes much of the way. The main trail was covered, so we were adventurous and axed our way straight up the face of Blanca... summiting from the middle of the face. The "ally" we climbed would be nasty nasty in the summer as it is a straight/narrow/steep scree gully.

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