Peak(s):  Little Bear Peak  -  14,037 feet
"South Little Bear" - 14,020 feet
Date Posted:  01/17/2012
Date Climbed:   01/14/2012
Author:  Kevin Baker
 Little Bear Winter Ascent via SW Ridge:Will It Ever End?  

Summitpost Report

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 Comments or Questions

Looks like a sufferfest indeed
01/18/2012 03:59
Very nice report. I've been toying with the idea of this route as opposed to the hourglass and they both appear to be rather unpleasant. Glad you guys were able to pull this off, we waved to you from Ellingwood!


01/18/2012 04:00
Kevin, you've been getting after it again! Sweet!!

This is one of my favorite routes. Glad you got to enjoy it. Isn't this place incredible!

Enjoyed your photos, and Darin's as well. Love the shot Darin got of you on the high edge above the SLV.


Cool report
01/18/2012 05:55
+ 1 on the ”airy edge above SLV” pic


01/18/2012 12:11
Those are great photos! What camera do you use? Nicely done! If it took you 16 hours, I'd probably roll in around 20!

Kevin Baker

01/18/2012 14:05
USAKeller, I use a Pansasonic LX-5. The quality is just a hair below an SLR without the weight. The lens is awesome. It doesn't have a retractable lens though, so sometimes the lens gets dirty messing with the lens cap. Highly recommended camera!


Looks like a great route.
01/18/2012 15:52
I HATED the hourglass. If I ever climb that thing again, I'll have to check this one out.


Great job toughing it out.
01/18/2012 16:05
Seems like this should almost be done with a high camp near treeline. Congrats on bagging little bear and S little bear in winter!


It's a long way to the top...
01/18/2012 17:40
if you wanna rock n roll.

I gotta admit this was the first time I have taken sunrise and sunset shots on the same day.

The grunt was long and the talus was endless but the views were superb. 15:40 was definitely worth it with this team.

Thanks for the invite, Kevin. And thanks for including the summit group shot. I must admit my cross-legged pose is the perfect blend of arrogance and confidence.

What a day!

Papi out...


Nazarene cuss words
01/18/2012 18:31
That's hilarious!!! Nicely done on a difficult mountain.


sore legs
01/18/2012 23:02
My legs were sore for two days after this trip! That hasn't happened in a looong time!
I don't think this route is worth repeating.
The views along the ridge are cool; the relief of the San Luis valley below, and the perspective on Ellingwood, Twin Peaks, and LB is down right wicked.
But, all the grunting/bushwacking and bumps of talus for a too short fun section, doesn't equate to a great route, imo.

But the crew?
The crew was great, and I wouldn't miss another chance to do another peak with them, any day!

EDIT: Kevin B had good use of a GPS in the dark to find the TH, but the Paperson's and I did not. (We rode together to the TH.) We tried to use the directions that are on summitpost, but found them to be confusing. Woody looked online and found this trip report that helped a lot more!


+1 on the crew
01/19/2012 04:26
The great company is what made this route tolerable and even fun! Despite my initial apprehension, I actually enjoyed the ridge and the traverse very much. And yes, the views are spectacular up there.

Darin: Papi and I are game for another outing anytime. In fact, sounds like there's a fiesta in the making as we speak... 8)

Kevin, thanks for capturing this memorable day (and night!) so eloquently. Hope to get out again with you soon!


01/19/2012 15:08
Way to get 'er done ... and, with a great group. Very nice photos. I especially like the one with Darin overlooking the San Luis valley ... I can feel the exposure. Thanks for posting. Looking forward to more from this group in the future. Happy trails!

Summit Lounger

Long Day
01/19/2012 16:17
The company made the long day enjoyable and comical. The views were outstanding, especially the relief of the San Louis Valley. What is next?


long days are long
01/20/2012 00:41
~4:00 to 7:45? Man, this ridge kills everybody's climb times. Great write-up, Kevin, and congrats!


Deceiving Terrain
01/20/2012 03:38

We got off the last talus hill and were chilling around some sparse trees. It was between 3:30 and 4:00 PM and Darin was saying we need to get off the talus before dark and I figured at that stage I might be back at the car with modus in hand as the sun went down. In retrospect, that is pretty laughable because we were still on some talus in the dark.

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