Little Bear Peak Climber's Log

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Mots010 - Aug 31, 2008 8:52 pm Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2008

LB-->Blanca-->Ellingwood  Sucess!

Hourglass is sketch. The traverse is stunning.


HokieJim - Aug 23, 2008 3:42 pm Date Climbed: Apr 27, 2008

What a day!  Sucess!

Never thought I would set foot on that summit! Unbelievably fun climb in great snow conditions!


msihl - Aug 20, 2008 2:28 pm Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2008

NW buttress with class 5 variation  Sucess!

Climbed with Sarp and Paul. Tough 5.6-5.7 section, very icy and slippery...rappelled down the hour glass. 6 hrs up, 6.5 hrs down from Lake Como.


davebobk47 - Jul 28, 2008 9:58 am Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2008

Hourglass  Sucess!

Climbed via the hourglass; lots of water. No one else on the route. Clouds rolled in just before noon. 7 hours round trip from Lake Como camp, started 0530.


Gahugafuga - Jul 13, 2008 1:43 am Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2008

W Ridge  Sucess!

Wet rock made for a tricky ascent and even trickier descent. Several others were on route simultaneously but everyone was good about not kicking down anything too big. Still, I could hear rockfalls occurring all over the mountain which was a little spooky.


Kiefer - May 19, 2008 7:48 pm Date Climbed: May 18, 2008

Snow climb  Sucess!

Definately much easier with snow. That ridge traverse to Blanca should be ready in another couple weeks.

Eric Holle

Eric Holle - May 15, 2008 12:08 am Date Climbed: May 11, 2008

Hourglass  Sucess!

After summiting Ellingwood and Blanca the day before, Ben L and I ascended the Hourglass route on Little Bear Pk in thinning snow conditions with a bit of ice peeking out. Exciting and rewarding summit!


ktiffany22 - Apr 28, 2008 6:15 pm Date Climbed: Apr 27, 2008

Against all odds  Sucess!

We summited! 2 hour driving "boot delay," flat tire on the hwy delay, vehicle road-blocking on Como-lake road delay and cause for extra hiking with camping gear in hand... but we made it! Climbing this is in snow (very avy prone so be careful about conditions) is totally the way to do it to avoid rockfall danger! We EARNED this summit!!!


shknbke - Apr 28, 2008 5:51 pm Date Climbed: Apr 27, 2008

Hourglass/West ridge from road  Sucess!

Perfect snow conditions in the hourglass as I summitted with Hokiejim and ktiffany22. We camped at 10.2K at the sites along Como Lake Rd and bushwacked all the way up the west ridge to meet the standard route. Slope angle was meaured at 40-45 degrees below/to the rap anchors and there was a very short 50 degree slope just below the summit. Climbing on stable snow is the way to do Little Bear!


astrobassman - Mar 21, 2008 3:49 pm

Fun Mountain

I really liked this mountain and didn't think the hourglass was too bad, but a marmot did eat my hat at the base of it.


SarahThompson - Mar 13, 2008 1:38 pm Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2005

Hourglass / NW Face & Winter Ascent  Sucess!

9/17/05 - Climbed the hourglass route from camp at Lake Como.

6/10/06 - One day blitz of the Lake Como Trio. Climbed the NW Face of Little Bear, did the classic traverse to Blanca, stayed on the ridge to Ellingwood, and descended Ellingwood's SW ridge.

2/28/09 - Climbed the NW Face (protected everything from the black hand, up). Descended the standard Hourglass route. 18 hrs car to car. NW Face = cold in winter


MountainHikerCO - Feb 22, 2008 8:40 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2001

Lightning  Sucess!

This was my second climb of Little Bear. We did the standard hourglass route. We were hurried by lightning on the return.


MountainHikerCO - Feb 22, 2008 8:38 pm Date Climbed: Jul 25, 1994

Hourglass  Sucess!

This was my first climb of Little Bear. We did the stardard West Ridge route through the Hourglass from Como Lake.


tomlauren - Feb 3, 2008 7:02 am Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2007

Little Bear - Blanca - Ellingwood Pt in a day  Sucess!

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 hourglass wasn't too bad. I never touched the ropes, but I also have a rock climbing background. We saw a little bear while hiking up the jeep road to Lake Como. Kind of ironic.


Sheets - Jan 27, 2008 9:37 pm

Blanca-LB traverse solo  Sucess!

Climbed Blanca traversed to LB and then reversed the LB-Blanca traverse to descend since I wasn't sure what the standard route up LB is. Don't recommend doing the same.

Mike Mc

Mike Mc - Sep 16, 2007 11:50 pm Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2007

Hourglass  Sucess!

Hourglass to LB/Blanca Traverse to Blanca/Ellingwood Ridge to Ellingwood SW Ridge. The 'Hourglass' was not as bad as I expected; however, it was dry and we were alone on the peak. We dislodged a few rocks and these puppies sure were missiles heading down the gully. As for the fixed lines, double check the mess of anchors...quite a bit of the webbing (and ropes for that matter) looked sketch, to say the least!


dr_gonz - Sep 5, 2007 1:44 pm

hourglass  Sucess!

did it midweek... I got chased down last year by hail and lightning. This year I didnt have that problem at all. No one else on the route while I was there that day. The hourglass was not as bad as it hyped to be in my opinion. I think that I had played it up in my mind some. Lots of loose rock. no question.


mtnhiker13 - Aug 20, 2007 3:44 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2007

Hourglass Route  Sucess!

Glad to have climbed this mountain - great character building. Hourglass was of course very wet - climbed up to the left of the worst of it. Used a rope we brought to rap down. One person in our party was hit on the helmet with a rock - it's a pretty scary thing to see! She was ok.


ElliottDavis - Aug 20, 2007 12:03 am Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007

yay  Sucess!

Seven AM on top via the hourglass from Lake Como. I like getting up early - particularly for a humdinger of a mountain like this one. Wow.


chicagotransplant - Aug 12, 2007 9:16 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007

NW Face up, Hourglass down  Sucess!

Climbed the NW Face route with Jamie Nellis. Started to rain a little just below the summit. It was short lived, but we unfortunately had to descend the hourglass with wet rock. I don't know what its like dry, but wet the hourglass was scary!

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