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 Peak:  Blanca Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  SurfNTurf
 Date of Information:  01/05/2013
 Date Posted:  01/06/2013

There are tire tracks to about 10,400 and a deep trench all the way to treeline. By now, the wind has probably blown away any trench past that. We had to break trail between 4" and 18" in the upper basin. No whumpfs, cracks, or recent avalanche debris to report, but we still practiced caution and avy gear is recommended. Careful routefinding is necessary to avoid sketch terrain. The last 50 feet on Blanca is the crux and requires a short Class 3/4 section.

Photo 1 - Lake Como/Little Bear
Photo 2 - Blanca crux
Photo 3 - Upper Basin
Photo 4 - Ellingwood Point

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

  • Comments or Questions

that crux     2013-01-06 20:54:28
was fun especially on the downclimb. Great job, guys.

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