Went from bottom of Lake Como Road in a day.
Fantastic day. Ellingwood was a nice reprieve from the LB/Blanca ridge.
After Blanca, took the third class high traverse to Ellingwood. It was more fun than expected and made for a great multi-peak day (excluding the descent back to the base of the Lake Como road). The exposure looking down into the Huerfano drainage is incredible.
Camped at Lake Como the night before and ascended the southwest ridge on a cloudy, drizzly morning. Climbed into the cloud to gain a socked in summit, then traversed the saddle to Blanca. An exhilarating ridge climb! In my opinion the rock is fairly good; not at all crumbly, but slightly loose here and there, so be careful. Periods of light drizzle made the rock damp this day, which made me even more wary of the high exposure, but I was not to be denied my first Sangre 14er. I highly recommend this route for a competent class 3+ climber, but if exposure tends to psyche you out, you may want to choose a different path.
Did this peak solo from the 2WD parking lot. The significant elevation gain and distance made this a nice little marathon.
Hiked up and camped above Lake Como. Only saw one other person. The SW ridge was alot of fun and I highly recommend it compared to the choss of the standard route. Continued on to Blanca staying on the ridge crest.
Outstanding and intense route in the snow. Perfect snow conditions made this route go. One of the more memorable climbs I've done. Trip report is "SW Ridge Class III snow"
That's as far as I went. Decided at this point to head south.
Ben L and I summitted Ellingwood Point in whiteout conditions. We were happy to have brought snow wands along to play with for the first time. Continued on to Blanca.
Climbed Ellingwood from Como Lake. High winds and blowing snow made it a real challenge.
This was my third climb of Ellingwood. We climbed Blanca first and then Ellingwood. On the way down we encountered 2 guys helping an injured girl. She got hit in the ankle with a rock. I called for help on my cell. When a ranger showed he requested I remain to be part of the rescue party. It was slow going. I got back to camp at 10:00 that night. I was too tired to do Little Bear the next day. What helped our decision to leave were the yahoos that arrived to camp next to us. They were using a shotgun to split wood!
This was my first climb of Ellingwood. I climbed the North Ridge from Huerfano River trailhead. I climbed point 13660 on the way. The weather didn't look like I should go for Blanca.
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 descent from Ellingwood Point back to camp was scenic.
This peak really introduced me to the beauty that the Sangre de Cristo region has to offer...
Fun little traverse with great views of Blanca and Little Bear.
Second time on Ellingwood. Climbed the direct Blanca/Ellingwood Ridge and downclimbed the SW Ridge. The latter route probably would have been better climbing rather than downclimbing, but quality nonetheless.
That SW ridge is bomber. Loved it.
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.