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 Peak:  Blanca Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  WDavis
 Date of Information:  03/05/2012
 Date Posted:  03/06/2012
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Conditions are very iffy and unstable right now. If you go anytime soon be ready to turn around. I made it to 13k and had to turn around because I was having traction issues and things were too avalanchey to continue safely.

I picked a line that skirted the cliffs/ledges to the north. At one point I was crossing a 15-20 degree slope and it whoomfed 25-30ft to my left. I immediately hit the rock rib and stayed there as much as I could. Up higher it looked like more of the same except steeper.

Since it was so warm I was also having trouble getting my crampons and axe to bite. I was rattled and very uncomfortable because of the way the things had turned out and after debating for about an hour (I was only ~1 mile from the summit) I decided to turn around. Things were dicey on the way down as well.

It's easy going to Lake Come. Definitely take snowshoes. Lots of post holing around Lake Como.

Pics to come later.



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