| Winter Daytrip: Ellingwood Point
Route: Como Road approach
Date: January 14, 2012
Length: 15 miles RT
Vertical: 6200 feet
Ascent Party: Oldschool (Mike) Muzik83 (Bobby) Dancesatmoonrise (Jim)
Sunset, Lake Como.
There are several reports for the weekend. I've added a few addtional photos below.
Mike's write-up of our trip on Saturday:
Jeff and Eric's write-ups for both days:
More detail and photos for Como Basin:
In retrospect, I wish the three of us had planned this a day later, to coincide with Jeff's group that came in to camp Saturday night and climb Sunday.
Still, we did get the opportunity to see everyone on their way in, just after we passed Como Lake on our way out Saturday.
It was a pretty nice day, the company was great, and the mood was festive. Jeff, thanks for putting the large group together for the weekend.
Moonset, San Luis Valley, Colorado.
West side of the San Luis Valley and San Juan range at dawn.
The first old Cabin: Nearing the Lake...
Bobby walks across Lake Como; Little Bear Peak rises to the south.
Mike and Bobby.
We take an alternate route to avoid snow in the trees. I don't recommend it.
Crater Lake, Como Basin.
The snow surface was quite firm through the headwall getting to the upper cirque.
Bobby ascends the upper cirque toward the Ellingwood summit ridge.
Looking back down to Crater Lake. Mike is at left.
Little Bear Peak.
Kevin Baker is seen atop South Little Bear Peak, far left.
Interestingly, Kevin Baker's group is on Little Bear Peak about the time we're on Ellingwood Point.
Congrats to both Kevins, Darin, Greg, and Sarah, on their successful summit of LB / SW ridge.
Crestone Peak, Crestone Needle, and Humbolt Peak can be seen from near Ellingwood's summit.
Approaching the summit.
"Oldschool" relaxes on Ellingwood's summit.
Three feet thick.
Mike and Bobby on the trail at the far side of Lake Como.
We spend some time at the lake before descending into the sunset views across the San Luis Valley. The timing is perfect.
Jeff's group is just beginning to arrive. We talk on the trail for a while as the sun's glow paints vivid watercolors across the western sky.
Thanks Mike and Bobby for another great trip. And thanks, Jeff, for putting the Saturday/Sunday trip together. It was good seeing everyone.