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 Peak(s):  Ellingwood Point  -  14,042 feet
Blanca Peak  -  14,345 feet
 Post Date:  10/25/2013 Modified: 11/02/2013
 Date Climbed:   10/25/2013
 Posted By:  BrentRichter

 Blanca and Ellingwood standard routes   

10/14 peak conditions report was about the same that we experienced today 10/25, 5" or so of solid snow above 12k, which turned to soft powder above 13k, at which point I found microspikes helpful; some waste deep post-holing above 13k when descending Ellingwood via a gully, quite unpleasant. It snowed on us most of the day. Road was snow covered and icy in spots above 11k as you enter the forest/shade. We had camped at 10k just before the steepest part of the road switchbacks up to the right. If we had gone another 0.25 miles or so and few hundred feet in elevation, then we would have found some more suitable space to park and camp. ~4900' gain, 12 miles roundtrip, parked @ 10,000' (approx 5 hours after leaving C470 & I-25), perhaps 2.6 miles from Lake Como, started @ 6:15am, got to Lake Como around 7:30am, hit Blanca's summit @ 10:15am, then Ellingwood's summit @ 12pm, back to car @ 2:15pm.


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  • Comments or Questions
Dancesatmoonrise


Hard work!     2013-10-30 22:05:41
Cool photos.

Keep up the good work!


NM_Hiker


Impressive!     2013-11-06 14:26:34
Good job and nice photos



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