LOVED the SW Ridge route - it is probably my favorite ridge route I have done. Fun solid climbing with a little exposure along the way.
went up most of W ridge in the dark; not a problem. Loved the finish: "Oh, I'm here!" and walking along the ridge top with 1000+ feet of exposure; thrilling if you like that sort of thing. =)
Climbed the SW Ridge with Jamie Nellis. First to summit for the day, beautiful morning! We headed on to Blanca from here.
Really wanted that SW ridge, but another day. Blanca looks cool from this point!
Summited from the SW ridge. Alone on the summit while everyone else was on Blanca. Boot skied down the gully just West of the summit.
Enjoyed a two-fer on a great August day.
Climbed from Lake Como via SW ridge.
Looked tough from Blanca but stayed off ridge and it was fine.
My dad and I climbed Ellingwood from South Zapata Lake. I've named this route the "crossfire couloir." Check out the trip report: "Caught in the Crossfire: An Uncharted Route up Ellingwood Point."
From Blanca (Gash Ridge). 8 hours roundtrip from Lily Lake Trailhead. Trip Report
After summiting Blanca May 13th, weather prevented us from climbing E.Point... so we came back (and yucko do I hate Como Lake road!).
This mountain looks like awful loose scree (and who likes that?!)... but it turned out not to be too bad! We enjoyed it- and met some friendly hikers along the way. Good stuff!
calm, winter day....and thank goodness. the ridge was fun, not tough at all until the base of the summit block where i was forced to pull myself across the knife edge of snow with my ice axe. 50 feet in two minutes! #6 of top-100 in calendar winter.
After the LB-Blanca traverse I headed back to camp to nap. Woke up at 3PM to great weather, so I decided to go for it. A great route and some of the best summit views I've seen. What a great place, I'd love to come back and climb this one again. Icing on an already delicious cake.
4 wheeled for a while up the road, hiked in and did ellingwood and blanca. Great weather, set up a bivy and climbed little bear the next day via nw face.
From Blanca, I thought this was going to be a pain in the ass talus scramble, I was wrong. Relatively good climbers trail most of the way up on good (sometimes loose) rock. The traverse over from Blanca just below the ridge was actually more exciting than doing Blanca itself! Ideal weather though.
Glad this peak is added to the list of 14er's.
Really neat 1,000 foot class 2/3 ridgeline to summit. Traversed over to Blanca's summit also. Great views of northern Sangre's and Blanca's N face. Awesome yellow fall colors. Very scenic area.
What an awesome one-day solo ascent of Blanca and Ellingwood. Parked about one mile past the trailhead and began hiking at 7am. Summitted Blanca at 11:45am, the last 100 feet was a little more time consuming because of fresh ice and snow. Stayed about 150 to 200 feet below the ridge while traversing to Ellingwood. No snow or ice on Ellingwood. Some route finding issues on the way down Ellingwood. Hiked out and returned to the truck by 6pm. I love fourteeners in the Fall!
Nice traverse from Blanca.
Hiked up to Lake Como from 8800', set up camp, and then continued on to the Southwest Ridge. I took a fairly direct path from the unnamed lake to the low point of the ridge. The ridge was exciting - it looks in numerous places to be harder than 3rd class - but there is always an easy way around any difficulties. One of the best 3rd class routes I've done!