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 Peak:  Little Bear Peak (14er)
 Route:  West Ridge and Southwest Face
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  BillMiddlebrook
 Date of Information:  05/03/2013
 Date Posted:  05/04/2013

Snow is melting fast up there but we were able to get a fun ski of Little Bear on surprisingly good snow. Camped at Lake Como and booted over to reach the lower gully at 7:45am (pic #1). After traversing more than half the ridge, we reached the large snow fields below the Hourglass. The Hourglass is full of snow but the choke is getting rather narrow and it won‘t be long before ice is exposed. Above the summer rap station, angle right to find more snow to approx. 13,700‘. Then there was an ~80-foot dry patch below the final strip of snow (pic #4) leading to the exact summit. Nice.

Pic #1: Near the base of the first gully
Pic #2: Snowfield before the Hourglass
Pic #3: Base of the Hourglass
Pic #4: A long strip of snow below the summit

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

  • Comments or Questions

Little Bear     2013-05-04 19:28:19
Was that you on the 4 wheeler on Thursday night/Friday?


4-wheelers     2013-05-04 20:45:06
Yup, we were using two green 4-wheelers and hauling skis+packs. Were you the one parked near 9,500'? What'd ya climb?


Snow in hourglass     2013-05-05 11:23:28
Bill, do you think there is enough snow to provide good conditions for next weekend?

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