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Blanca / Ellingwood 10/20 - 10/21

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Re: Blanca / Ellingwood 10/20 - 10/21

Postby ameristrat » Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:46 pm

Sounds good to me - and as an aside, mtree, all my plans for Kit Carson and Challenger have been obliterated this year, so next year, we need to do that trip!
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Re: Blanca / Ellingwood 10/20 - 10/21

Postby mtree » Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:11 pm

Ameristrat - Same here. Seems since early September every time I plan a trek to some unclimbed peak the plans have blown up for one reason or another. THREE times it was Challenger/KC! Next season for sure.
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Re: Blanca / Ellingwood 10/20 - 10/21

Postby SilverLynx » Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:47 pm

Teddy and Mark,

Maybe we should all hit KC and Challenger together next season since we all need those. I was hoping I'd get the combo for sure this summer, but no dice. :( I'm game to go as soon as the snow disappears from the Avenue again. I think it would be a good June or July climb.
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Re: Blanca / Ellingwood 10/20 - 10/21

Postby ameristrat » Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:48 pm

Where do I sign up? Deal!

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Re: Blanca / Ellingwood 10/20 - 10/21

Postby mtree » Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:59 pm

I'm all in!
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Re: Blanca / Ellingwood 10/20 - 10/21

Postby rajz06 » Thu Oct 18, 2012 4:36 pm

Would love to join but have an engagement Saturday evening which restricts me to a day hike at best. This weekend may be one of the last of this season where snow/ice isn't a concern so I may have to wait a while. :(

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Re: Blanca / Ellingwood 10/20 - 10/21

Postby SilverLynx » Fri Oct 19, 2012 5:00 pm

Okay guys, let's do this!!! Time to bust out some 14ers. \:D/

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Re: Blanca / Ellingwood 10/20 - 10/21

Postby SilverLynx » Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:42 pm

Just want to give a big, heartfelt thank you to my partners on this trip: Teddy, Matt, Tess and Karthik. I had a wonderful weekend with all of you and could not have accomplished what we did without you. The SW ridge of Ellingwood was an amazing adventure and I feel like I pushed myself beyond my comfort zone and learned a lot; thank you for being there with me and helping me get Ellingwood! :-D
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Re: Blanca / Ellingwood 10/20 - 10/21

Postby Neil » Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:57 pm

How were snow conditions in the Sangres, especially on north and west aspects? Thanks for any info!

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Re: Blanca / Ellingwood 10/20 - 10/21

Postby SilverLynx » Mon Oct 22, 2012 2:26 pm

A little snow here and there. Enough to want Microspikes and poles for steeper spots but not enough to need an ice axe. It seemed pretty dry for the most part.
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Re: Blanca / Ellingwood 10/20 - 10/21

Postby ameristrat » Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:49 pm

I can post pics later, but South and West facing were almost completely devoid of snow. SW Ridge of Ellingwood Point was completely dry.

North and East facing are holding snow. The trail up Blanca was probably 90% covered above 12,500 feet with Snow 6 - 12" deep.

The south side of the Crestone Group looked 100% dry. I could not see any snow on any of the peaks from the Blanca Massif.
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Re: Blanca / Ellingwood 10/20 - 10/21

Postby Neil » Mon Oct 22, 2012 8:56 pm

SilverLynx and Ameristrat,

Thank you both for information. It will go to good use! Glad you all had a successful weekend.

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Is there someone, somewhere, someway out there that I've not found"
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