|Peak:||Little Bear Peak (14er)|
|Route:||West Ridge and Southwest Face|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Information:||04/23/2011|
This was a CMC Centennial Climb.
Lake Como Road up to Lake Como, OK. May dance around a little snow and ice higher up as you get close to the lake.
Lake Como to couloir - snowshoes or post-holing, your choice. West Ridge traverse mostly clear with patches of snow and ice. Can be skirted around, but more work/time. Once you move off into the snowfield, crampons required.
Hard ice/rotten ice through hourglass area. Set up a fixed line for folks to prussik up. Rest of way to summit was slowly working through mixed climbing. Final summit approach has decent snow.
Must Gear: crampons, ice ax, helmet. Recommend rope. Snowshoes - your call.
We had an interesting day with weather. Storm blew in just as we finished our move up through the hourglass. For the remainder of the climb to the summit and back to camp, we were reduced to a CRAWL due to poor visibility, route challenges, heavy winds and blowing ice, sleet, snow. Tough conditions for a Bear Dance. But dance we did; just wasn't pretty.
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