|Peak:||Little Bear Peak (14er)|
|Route:||West Ridge and Southwest Face|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Information:||12/31/2013|
My friends and I climbed up to Lake Como on 12/29 from US 150. The truck got stuck right off the highway so we snowshoed from the road. This added 1.8 miles each way to our trip. We attempted Little Bear on 12/30, but turned around at point 12,980. We made the decision to turn around based on our route options. We could have continued the standard route, but from photo #1 you can see the route has high avy danger. We also considered maintaining the ridge route as we carried rope, and climbing gear. Ultimately, we turned around as it was 10:50am, and either decision would have us descending technical terrain in the dark. If anyone has a winter Little Bear attempt in mind I would recommend following our tracks. Three men on snowshoes packed the trail pretty well so you can probably get away with microspikes until 10,000‘. We also added plastic to the door way of the cabin so you will at least have wind protection at night. We descended on the morning of 12/31.
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