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Blanca in Winter - 12/29

Need a climbing partner? Trying to form a hiking group for an outing?

Blanca in Winter - 12/29

Postby Mountain Ninja » Sat Dec 15, 2012 6:55 pm

I'm planning to climb Blanca on Saturday, December 29th. Would anyone like to join up to tackle the Sangre Zenith?

Possible climb of Ellingwood as well, depending on our progress and conditions of course. :)
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Re: Blanca in Winter - 12/29

Postby CDR242 » Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:37 pm

I am interested! I haven't checked the snow and road conditions in a while, how far can you get before starting the slog to camp?

Re: Blanca in Winter - 12/29

Postby Mountain Ninja » Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:08 pm

CDR242 wrote:I am interested! I haven't checked the snow and road conditions in a while, how far can you get before starting the slog to camp?


I have no idea about how far up we'll be able to drive, but I, too, am curious if anyone's been up there recently...? I can bring this up in a week or so as we're getting closer. :)
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Re: Blanca in Winter - 12/29

Postby Matt Lemke » Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:32 am

I hope to attempt Little Bear that day! Maybe I can wave to you :-D
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Re: Blanca in Winter - 12/29

Postby SHmids » Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:27 pm

A couple friends and I are planning this same hike on the 21/22. Planning for Ellingwood and Blanca. Will post conditions when we get back...

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Re: Blanca in Winter - 12/29

Postby jblyth » Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:48 pm

Hey Brad - I could be in for this, let's see how the conditions are looking next week and touch base.

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Re: Blanca in Winter - 12/29

Postby ETA » Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:37 pm

If the plans hold I will be up there 22nd - 24th, nice to know there might be others out too. If you see a yellow Bibler stop by and say hello.
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Re: Blanca in Winter - 12/29

Postby jswiftcervelo » Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:37 am

Hey was wondering your general itinerary - Its possible I might end up there in the same timeframe as you if I decide to go do it (24th is entirely possible).

Also is anyone else going that direction next week?

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Re: Blanca in Winter - 12/29

Postby Mountain Ninja » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:15 am

We don't have an exact itinerary just yet, but I do see the potential for two groups:

Some people seem to want to hike in and camp at Lake Como.

However, I'll be getting a room in Alamosa Friday night (Dec. 28), then driving & hiking in one day from there. I have a 4x4 XTerra that will take us as high up the Como road as possible at the time, so a few of you who want to meet up very early Saturday morning with me can hitch a ride in the XTerra :)
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Re: Blanca in Winter - 12/29

Postby awilbur77 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:43 am

Add me to the interest list too. I am playing this weekend by ear, and may end up in the San Juans if snow conditions are ok. If conditions look better in the Sangres, I am in for a camp in Como Friday night and summit Blanca and maybe Ellingwood the following day.

Re: Blanca in Winter - 12/29

Postby jswiftcervelo » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:12 pm

I'll be busy in a Sawatch sufferfest on Saturday but was wondering if anyone was interested in doing this (no camp, 1 day), on a different day?
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Re: Blanca in Winter - 12/29

Postby SilverLynx » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:15 pm

Planning on hiking Humboldt that day but I still need Blanca eventually... How do-able is Blanca in winter? :-k
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