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 Peak(s):  Ellingwood Point  -  14,042 feet
 Post Date:  09/20/2008
 Date Climbed:   09/17/2008
 Posted By:  jesse

 Lake Como 2 Ellingwood Point   

After sleeping soundly in the evening and all night we got up at 3:50 and started out to claim the classic route on Ellingwood Point‘s SW ridge.

Heres a look at the ridge from Little Bear.
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notice the brevity of the ridge

As the sun started to rise we reached the talus above the tiny lake at 12540ft, Ellingwood and Blanca beaming with color!
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A perfect clear calm day.

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We chose a scramble at the low point along the ridge heres how it looks from that ascent towards the SW ridge.

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This route is amazing the exposure on both the north and south side is considerable but the rock is delightfully solid and the handholds are plentiful and strong.

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The shadow of the Sangres with the full moon beautiful at sunrise.

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Further up we got a nice view of the moon reflected in pioneer lake.

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The Class 3 scrambling is consistant and daunting but step by step this ridge is eaiser than it looks at first, this rock is a prime example of the strong solid rock.

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Tom climbing up this unbelieveable route, the walls are high but if you can conquer fear an astounding experince awaits you on this ridge.

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After a little while the sun came into the valley and the effect of darkness and light on either side of the ridge was stark and contrasted nicely.

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Its was so gratifiying to see Little Bear bathed in sunlight, summiting that peak first made us feel empowered and spured on the delightful scramble towards Ellingwood point.

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The ridge looks mean and scary but if you stay on the crest it never exceeds low class 4 moves.

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Feeling good in the morning atop a knife edge that makes glory atainable!

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The obstacles that seemed terrible and deadly from afar lessened as we closed in on them. Exposure on the route was exciting.

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The fluid sustained scrambling was beautiful, this ridge was the best I‘ve ever climbed.

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Tom exalted, this pic gives a real sense of the contrast in the morning light.

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Shadow and Sun snow and rock the amazing scramble kept us on the edge of excitement and fearful awe.

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Little Bear, so happy we did it first!

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Blanca looked daunting from this angle.

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Excited ridge conquering mountaineers!

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As we decended to the Blanca saddle the experince of the ridge left us feeling elated and confident. This truly was a "classic" climb I would love to go back there. A few yoddles echoed back across both valleys an acoustic artistry only such a narrow ridge could provide. I recommend this to anyone who wants to have a long scramble with considerable exposure but solid fine rock to work with.

we continued on to Blanca going for the Como 3!...



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  • Comments or Questions
klabar


Nice!     2008-09-20 18:27:17
Awesome pix guys. Just a bit concerned you dont wear helmets though...


jesse


yep     2008-09-21 02:57:26
truth!



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