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 Peak(s):  Blanca Peak  -  14,345 feet
 Post Date:  09/21/2008
 Date Climbed:   09/17/2008
 Posted By:  jesse

 Lake Como 3 Blanca   

After Little Bear and Ellingwood Point's SW ridge only Blanca remained.

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Blanca from the SW ridge

As we decended the Talus to Blanca the light made it look much steeper than it turns out to be. I understand why its a holy peak and felt its power through its magnitude
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Looking back at Ellingwood Point the face looks meaner than it actually was.

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As we climbed the talus slope the Little Bear Blanca traverse impressed us.

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The exposure on the E face of Blanca Snowy long drop!

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we stayed just to the right of the ridge allowing for more stable climbing and the thrill of the edge. There were many mis-cairns that seemed to meet and then diverge.

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Never have I wanted a glider more... jk lol

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Ellingwood Point even displays a great amount of stature, although Blanca towers above its neighbors and commands the entire area.

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The Traverse from Little Bear as seen from Blanca's summit.

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Little Bear Peak we reveled in tuesday's accomplisment.

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Ellingwood Point from Blanca's summit seemed dwarfed in comparison.

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Crestones!

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Yea Sangres!

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Hiking these peaks made me feel confident that my remaining 13 are within my abilities, it just too bad the snow is starting.

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Looking back up you can see how its a little snow but needs to be alot more to be usefull.

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This Crack impressed us on the way down its between Blanca and Little Bear. I was wondering if anyone has climbed it and whats it rated, it seemed wet and we heard a few rocks crash down as we hiked down the basin. Perhaps it would become an epic ice climb?

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The SW Ellingwood ridge was amazing so much fun solid scrambling.

We packed camp and began the long walk back down the Massif, thoughts of exposure drifted into my mind reminding me to be dilligent.
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As we drove away I felt closely connected to this amazing place, knowing that although I don't have to check any more peaks that I will return to this sacred Place again and again to share its wonders with others.



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  • Comments or Questions (1)
Mel McKinney


Looks fun!     2008-09-24 11:40:18
I wanted a glider on Uncompahgre too. Congrats on the summits!



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