Climbing History (Blanca Peak)
Title: First Recorded Blanca ascent
Entered by: gpeoples
Added: 05/14/2010, Last Updated: 05/14/2010
Sources: A Climbing Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners, By: Walter R. Borneman and Lyndon J. Lampert, Third Addition, Published 1994. Pruett Publishing, Company Boulder.
First recorded ascent of Blanca Peak was on August 14, 1874, by Gilbert Thompson and Frank Carpenter of the Wheeler Survey; yet, much to their surprise, they found a man-made stone breastwork on the summit. Possibly, the Utes had climbed the peak and used it as a lookout.