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Little Bear, April-May

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Re: Little Bear, April-May

Postby lodgling » Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:52 pm

Good luck. Photos of upper Ellingwood and Blanca (including s face) from LB summit would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Little Bear, April-May

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:52 pm

KyleS wrote:I slept in and my skiing buddies left without me, so I took a trip over to the Blanca massif today for a little recon. The Zapata Falls parking lot (9,000ft) had about and inch when I arrived at 1pm and it had melted to spotty 1/2 inch by the time I left around 3pm. I hiked up to about 10,000ft and there was generally 2 inches of new snow with spots up to 4 inches - far less than what NWS was predicting. Furthermore, temps were much warmer than the predicted high and things seemed to be settling quickly. With this in mind, we're going ahead with our planned attempt on Little Bear this weekend. Since we're local, we won't mind turning back if we don't like what we find above treeline.

If you (or anyone else for that matter) are climbing solo, we'd be happy to team up! I think that 3 is a much safer number than 2 or 1.

Are you climbing it Saturday from a high camp or Sunday?
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Re: Little Bear, April-May

Postby Bullet » Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:33 pm

A buddy and I are planning on climbing Little Bear this weekend as well. It sounds like there will be at least a few more people up there. We'll be hiking up to the lake on Saturday and climbing Sunday morning. More than willing to join up with any other parties. We're coming down from Leadville on Saturday if anyone wants to carpool.

Re: Little Bear, April-May

Postby KyleS » Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:46 pm

BillMiddlebrook wrote:Are you climbing it Saturday from a high camp or Sunday?
Hike in and camp on Saturday, then summit and hike out on Sunday.

lodgling wrote:Photos of upper Ellingwood and Blanca (including s face) from LB summit would be greatly appreciated.
I'll see what I can get with my point and shoot.

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Re: Little Bear, April-May

Postby SHmids » Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:59 am

Lodgling, I would be happy to email you the pictures I have of Ellingwood from LB from 04-15. I just still can't figure out how to include them in a reply...

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Re: Little Bear, April-May

Postby MonGoose » Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:10 am

As ETA mentioned, I have decided not to attempt Little Bear this weekend. With the storm that came through on Wednesday and temperatures remaining below freezing, this weekend will resemble a winter climb instead of the spring couloir climb I was hoping for. I think whenever we get 2-3 days of sunny 40 degree weather, the snowpack will settle down and conditions will be ideal but until then, I don't feel comfortable with the conditions.

For those of you heading out this weekend, please be safe and I hope you have a great trip.

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Re: Little Bear, April-May

Postby big_red_pride » Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:44 am

Hi everyone,

A party of 3, including myself are planning to go to LB this weekend. I'm trying to get a gauge of how many others are planning the attempt as well. I just want to be as safe as possible and want to avoid a lot of traffic on the peak! Hope everyone will be able to enjoy the weekend weather, if it comes in as forecasted. :-"

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Re: Little Bear, April-May

Postby seth0687 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:48 pm

big_red_pride wrote:Hi everyone,

A party of 3, including myself are planning to go to LB this weekend. I'm trying to get a gauge of how many others are planning the attempt as well. I just want to be as safe as possible and want to avoid a lot of traffic on the peak! Hope everyone will be able to enjoy the weekend weather, if it comes in as forecasted. :-"


FWIW, I don't think 1 rock dislodged while we were in the hour glass, or upper portion of the hourglass.....

Good luck,

Seth

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Re: Little Bear, April-May

Postby big_red_pride » Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:57 pm

seth0687 wrote:
big_red_pride wrote:Hi everyone,

A party of 3, including myself are planning to go to LB this weekend. I'm trying to get a gauge of how many others are planning the attempt as well. I just want to be as safe as possible and want to avoid a lot of traffic on the peak! Hope everyone will be able to enjoy the weekend weather, if it comes in as forecasted. :-"


FWIW, I don't think 1 rock dislodged while we were in the hour glass, or upper portion of the hourglass.....

Good luck,

Seth


Thanks Seth. I received a message from someone who is going up to tackle the peak on Saturday. My group will be hiking in on Saturday and going for it on Sunday. The weather is looking great, I hope it holds!

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Re: Little Bear, April-May

Postby big_red_pride » Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:58 pm

BillMiddlebrook wrote:
KyleS wrote:I slept in and my skiing buddies left without me, so I took a trip over to the Blanca massif today for a little recon. The Zapata Falls parking lot (9,000ft) had about and inch when I arrived at 1pm and it had melted to spotty 1/2 inch by the time I left around 3pm. I hiked up to about 10,000ft and there was generally 2 inches of new snow with spots up to 4 inches - far less than what NWS was predicting. Furthermore, temps were much warmer than the predicted high and things seemed to be settling quickly. With this in mind, we're going ahead with our planned attempt on Little Bear this weekend. Since we're local, we won't mind turning back if we don't like what we find above treeline.

If you (or anyone else for that matter) are climbing solo, we'd be happy to team up! I think that 3 is a much safer number than 2 or 1.

Are you climbing it Saturday from a high camp or Sunday?


Hey Bill. I will try and get some pictures of Blanca when going for LB on Sunday and post them when I return.

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Re: Little Bear, April-May

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:11 pm

Thanks!
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Re: Little Bear, April-May

Postby nyker » Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:31 pm

big_red_pride wrote:Hi everyone,

A party of 3, including myself are planning to go to LB this weekend. I'm trying to get a gauge of how many others are planning the attempt as well. :-"


big_red_pride, I won't be there this weekend...hopefully soon!

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