Climbed Ellingwood Point together with Blanca from Blue Lakes.
Started at the base and then went camped at Blue Lakes (much much better then Lake Como). We did Blanca and Ellingwood. We then took the ridge towards Blue Lakes from Ellingwood but then found a cool and ***easy looking*** chute that led down to Crater Lake. That was one of the scariest things I have done. There was an open mineshaft at the bottom that my friends went to explore. Bad idea but they said it was worth it, I was content outside. Crazy chute with lots and lots of loose rockfall...a huge rock sheered off and flew right by use. We were lucky to come out of that safe.
Climbed via the west ridge. one of the best 3rd class scrambles i have done in Colorado.
Standard route for a first-time ascent with trishapajean and Cimarron. Long, miserable approach; dynamite summit. Gorgeous weather.14er #44.
Ellingwood and then over to Blanca - great day!
Beautiful day, nice views of Little Bear and Blanca Peak.
A nice snow climb in a spectacular setting!
9/18/05 - Climbed the delightful SW ridge from camp at Lake Como and then headed over to Blanca Peak.
6/10/06 - One day blitz of the Lake Como Trio. Climbed Little Bear's NW face, did the classic traverse to Blanca, and then stayed on or near the ridge crest to Ellingwood. Descended Ellingwood's SW ridge.
2/7/09 - Winter ascent of the south face from high camp at Lake Como. Spectacular!
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.
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!