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