Forum
Buying gear? Please use these links to help 14ers.com:

More info...

Other ways to help...

Little Bear, April-May

Colorado 14er peak questions and conditions should be posted here. 14er Trip Reports
User avatar
Posts: 110
Joined: Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:35 am
Location: Kansas City

Re: Little Bear, April-May

Postby wineguy » Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:32 am

seth0687 wrote:guys.....GET ON THIS MOUNTAIN NOW!!!!!!

Just got back from a freakin awesome trip. Snow is a bit soft in a couple areas, but conditions were still amazing the whole way from just before Jaws 1 all the way to the summit. Snow is still covering just about the whole entire hourglass, save a few rock bands just below the summit. Conditions were awesome. I will try and post some pictures/conditions report either today or tomorrow.

Good luck and safe travels to all!!!


Thanks for the tip. This post inspired me to drive out from Kansas City and complete the 14ers with Little Bear on April 26.
Life is a long lesson in humility. - James Barrie

User avatar
Posts: 110
Joined: Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:35 am
Location: Kansas City

Re: Little Bear, April-May

Postby wineguy » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:47 am

I just posted a trip report, in case someone wants to see recent conditions.
Life is a long lesson in humility. - James Barrie

User avatar
Posts: 69
Joined: Mon Sep 10, 2007 9:44 pm
Location: Salida, CO

Re: Little Bear, April-May

Postby bhaydin » Tue Apr 30, 2013 2:10 pm

Great report and thanks for the images. Congratulations on your finisher, by the way!

I'll see some of you this weekend!

User avatar
Posts: 373
Joined: Sun May 25, 2008 12:54 pm
Location: Littleton

Re: Little Bear, April-May

Postby uwe » Wed May 01, 2013 2:11 pm

Congratulations!
Sweet finish.
I cancelled my trip for this past weekend, but going for two climbs in May.
Thanks for the story and pic's

User avatar
Posts: 132
Joined: Sat Aug 07, 2010 10:37 pm
Location: Fort Collins

Re: Little Bear, April-May

Postby seth0687 » Wed May 01, 2013 6:55 pm

wineguy wrote:
seth0687 wrote:guys.....GET ON THIS MOUNTAIN NOW!!!!!!

Just got back from a freakin awesome trip. Snow is a bit soft in a couple areas, but conditions were still amazing the whole way from just before Jaws 1 all the way to the summit. Snow is still covering just about the whole entire hourglass, save a few rock bands just below the summit. Conditions were awesome. I will try and post some pictures/conditions report either today or tomorrow.

Good luck and safe travels to all!!!


Thanks for the tip. This post inspired me to drive out from Kansas City and complete the 14ers with Little Bear on April 26.


So glad I could inspire you and congratulations on your amazing finish!!!

Posts: 100
Joined: Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:16 pm

Re: Little Bear, April-May

Postby pseudoghost » Mon May 13, 2013 9:26 am

Any more recent beta on Little Bear? Saw the trip report from the 5th, but wondering whether it got any snow with the last storm and/or whether or not the hourglass is still more-or-less covered...

User avatar
Posts: 53
Joined: Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:39 pm
Location: Thornton

Re: Little Bear, April-May

Postby eskermo » Mon May 13, 2013 12:19 pm

Just posted a Peak Conditions update for Little Bear. Didn't quite get to the Hourglass, but the photos should give you some kind of visual as to what to expect.

Re: Little Bear, April-May

Postby MonGoose » Mon May 13, 2013 1:04 pm

Thanks Eskermo for the update! Did you guys turn around because route conditions / snow cover became unstable or was it just not in the cards that day?

User avatar
Posts: 53
Joined: Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:39 pm
Location: Thornton

Re: Little Bear, April-May

Postby eskermo » Mon May 13, 2013 3:01 pm

It was my first real snow climb with crampons and an ice axe, we got started about an hour later than we wanted, and my mind just wasn't in the right place/"in it" to be climbing something of that magnitude. Route finding was definitely a bit of an issue on the West Ridge with the recent snow, but I bet most of it melts out in the next couple days (just guessing by looking at the forecast on mountain-forecast.com).

I am no expert of avy conditions, but my partner was also somewhat concerned with descending the north facing gully leading to the west ridge too late in the day. There was definitely a layer of slabbiness on top with a good bit of softer snow underneath in some places, while other parts of the gully were more consolidated. I didn't see any recent looking runout debris or other evidence of recent slides anywhere on the slope, but take what I say with a grain of salt. Ohioboy might be able to elaborate a little more on his thoughts on the snow conditions.

Previous

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot] and 5 guests