Poor hand and footholds in the hourglass gives this one the distinction of the scariest 14er I've done (37 so far, including Capitol). Hope it stays that way.
The hourglass is awesome. I was the only person on the peak, but there were still rocks shooting down the hourglass. Definitely make sure to bring your helmet. One of my favorite hikes.
Overall a great day, but all the climb we could handle! Lots of class 4/low 5 climbing, add in some water...priceless! Hourglass is a handful. Descent was nothing short of miserable. (G-D that road!!!!) Sounds like if I ever go back it will be on the snow...Glad it's off the list.
this was a fun climb and not a very fun down-climb after a few hours of sun
Definitely more than 4th class the way I went -- probably too far to the right. Trip report
Fellow SP'er, Patrick Vall, and I attempted LB via the infamous hourglass route. Being late May there was a good bit of snow in the hourglass that makes this route much easier than summer climbing months. Good consolidated snow combined with monster boot steps to the summit made for #40 "on the list."
Met a new friend in Clay, we started up at 7:19AM from our parking spot 3.5 miles up from the TH and reached the summit at 1:06PM via the "hourglass" route. Clear skies all day long, Clay went up to Ellingwood Pt. as I returned back to my truck at 6:35PM. My 46th 14'er.........sweet!
Had to climb something on 09-09-09. After 47 other 14ers, I was finally ready for Little Bear. Standard "hourglass" route was still quite hard enough for both me and my climbing partner. We were the only people to summit that day, but an amazing 24 other entries were in the register just since the first of the month. Just as dangerous as it's made out to be.
Started hiking up Lake Como road from ~8,500 ft, climbed Little Bear via standard route (West Ridge/Hourglass) and returned the same way. 10 hours total. Hourglass/rockfall was not bad: had only four other people on the summit/heading up. Perfect day, awesome views from the summit.
Stunning 4th class route up the north face, leading up to the traverse. Highly highly recommended.
No problems heading up the hourglass. Beautiful spot on top. Went up Blanca and Ellingwood after.
Slept above Lake Como, right at the turn-off from the trail towards Blanca/Elingwood. Hourglass did not seem so bad, just loose rocks could be really dangerous, but I was the first one to summit that cold am.
I think this is my favorite 14er ascent to date. The snow was continuous all the way to the top and in prime condition.
Did this a few years back in February. Despite some post holing it was great. No one else around, in tee shirts (which became jackets very quickly when we stopped) as we approached the summit in perfect winter conditions.
Hourglass is sketch. The traverse is stunning.
Never thought I would set foot on that summit! Unbelievably fun climb in great snow conditions!
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.
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.
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.
Definately much easier with snow. That ridge traverse to Blanca should be ready in another couple weeks.