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 Peak:  Little Bear Peak (14er)
 Route:  West Ridge and Southwest Face
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  Fletch
 Date of Information:  05/05/2013
 Date Posted:  05/06/2013

The snow is fine right now. We were the only party on the mountain yesterday. Folks on the route on 05/03 and 05/04 reported melting in the afternoon. Sunday was overcast most of the day and the conditions held. Bill and Otina did a nice job with thier skis of moving most of the snow up high to various spots lower on the mountain (HA!), but there is a bootpack all the way up the hourglass right now and I would say the route is in good shape.

We left the camp at Lake Como at ~6:30am and returned at ~1:15pm. We were at the base of the Hourglass at 9:00am and spent a half hour on the summit. We descended the Hourglass at ~10:00-10:30am. There is a spot near the summit without snow, but otherwise the Hourglass was pretty straightforward. The West Ridge is completely dry and the West Gully is continuous (although the apron was getting a little slushy at ~1pm).

And whoever is glissading the West Gully has some screws loose... most of the glissade tracks ended at big rock piles. I mean, more power to you, but it looked just silly to me...

I have photos at home and will upload if I can find some time...

  • Comments or Questions

nice     2013-05-06 11:07:24
you must've been with the group of four we passed on the way down. Conditions looked pretty good - we debated ditching our Sunday plans and giving the NW face a go.


Snow     2013-05-06 11:38:02
Glad you guys got it and we must have just missed you on Friday, Fletch. If you happened to take a shot of Blanca from Ellingwood, I'd be interested in seeing it.

I agree that the snow was in good shape and it looks like it will be cool and overcast much of this week.


re     2013-05-06 12:43:49
Ah we must've just missed you guys then.

Bill, here's one from the 13er:

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