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 Peak:  Blanca Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  nkan02
 Date of Information:  12/29/2012
 Date Posted:  12/29/2012

Approach to Lake Como is boot packed. Wore snowshoes from ~9'500k as there is decent amount of snow on the road. Snow gets much deeper from Lake Como through the trees. We found the trench from last weekend non-existent, so made our own. Slopes of Blanca above 13k are windblown, mix of rock/snow, no avy concerns at this time. Took standard route up Blanca and scrambled up the ridge. Ellingwood appears to hold more snow. Weather was sunny with little wind, but very cold.

Image 1: Blanca upper slopes
Image 2: Ellingwood Point
Image 3: Little Bear
Image 4: Blue Lakes basin

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3Image #4

  • Comments or Questions

Snowshoe tracks     2012-12-30 10:36:06
We could see your snowshoe tracks from Little Bear! Good job getting Blanca.


Nice job!     2012-12-30 11:23:16
That deeper snow up from Lake Como (without snowshoes ) is really what got us last weekend. Could tell that snow would not be an issue after another 1K of elevation, but just did not have the energy for postholing another thousand feet! Nice work and congrats on Blanca

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