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 Peak:  Blanca Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  anna
 Date of Information:  03/30/2011
 Date Posted:  03/31/2011

Como Road is very dry until you start to get into the forest. Crampons weren't necessary as the snow was fairly soft by the time I was ascending. Used microspikes for the snow-covered portion of the road on the ascent, snowshoes from the cabin to the ledges, switched back to microspikes for the remainder of the ascent and descent back to the ledges, and snowshoes on the descent of the road (some annoying postholing in the soft snow later in the day, but not too bad). Some good plunge-stepping and glissade opportunities help shorten the descent.


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