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 Peak:  Little Bear Peak (14er)
 Route:  West Ridge and Southwest Face
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  The Legend
 Date of Information:  05/13/2013
 Date Posted:  05/14/2013
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The Mayhem and I defeated the Bear Yesterday. It was a long day, full of danger. The road to Lake Como is in excellent shape, no snow, and there is snow all around the Lake. The first gulley is still full of snow, but it is soft, slippery, and a post holing pain. The ridge line is in good shape, though still of a few sections of snow, but mostly to be avoided, or really it makes no difference at all. As for the hourglass, it was a loose nightmare. There is still tons of snow in it, with mostly no ice. At the top of the peak, there is still good snow, but it is slippery, and a few times we fell, and needed to self-arrest. It is really dangerous, and good kick stepping has to be done for the entire way down. If it turns cold soon, there might be some good snow climbing left, but if not, the snow climbing season on Little Bear is done. Email me if you have questions.


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  • Comments or Questions (3)
BKS


thanks     2013-05-14 18:33:38
There are quite a few of us still trying to get it in this spring season - doesn't sound very promising though. Thanks for the update


BillMiddlebrook


LB     2013-05-15 05:58:29
”a few times we fell, and needed to self-arrest”


Glad you made it out ok and THANKS for providing an update


zdero1


It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.&     2013-05-15 18:27:29
- Hillary


Nice work! Glad you're alright.



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