Peak(s):  Blanca Peak  -  14,345 feet
Date Posted:  05/19/2015
Modified:  07/31/2015
Date Climbed:   05/17/2015
Author:  BillMiddlebrook
 Blanca Bonanza   

Since SchralpTheGnar has posted a trip report, all I have to do is add a bunch of my photos to supplement his fine report! Luckily, there are zero pics of me...

Who: Craig, Rob, me, Rob and Mike. Plus we met Natalie, Jaaron and Matt along the way
Trailhead: 8,800' on Lake Como road
Mode of Travel: Hike to Lake Como for overnight camp, skinned to ~13,200', crampons to summit
Elevation Gain: 5,500' +
RT Distance: 14 miles

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On the road, approaching Lake Como

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Morning blues

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Jaaron, Matt and Natalie

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Approaching the end of the basin

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On the NW face. Snow lines directly off the summit. Crazy

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Rob, climbing in the wind. Loud music helps in conditions like this!

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Getting closer

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Craig, Rob M. and Mike M. are down there somewhere

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Um, Craig?

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Closing in

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Near the ridge crest, just below the summit

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Finally



Ski


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The direct entry to our ski

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Rob skiing just below the summit

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Ellingwood

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Sitting in the middle of the face, waiting for the rest of the group to summit

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Just about everyone had fresh tracks up here since it was re-filling so quickly

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Mike dropping into the main couloir

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I love this shit

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Craig working his way across the upper face and Rob ready to drop

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Rob (Schralpthegnar)

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Craig

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Rob (lodgling)

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Craig

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Dropping back to Blue Lakes

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Ba-bye

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):




Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45


Comments or Questions
Jay521

#16
05/19/2015 13:20
Love image 16 of Ellingwood. That one is a classic.


lodgling

Sorry, Bill
05/19/2015 14:04
For the lack of pics of you skiing! You should sell that photo block app to Hollywood. Thanks again for all of your great shots.


moneymike

You waited a long time for this one...
05/19/2015 14:06
and the wait seems to have paid off. Fantastic conditions.

My vote is for image #32


BillMiddlebrook

Ha!
05/19/2015 14:10
Rob – you bet. Thanks for the present at the truck!


BillMiddlebrook

Conditions
05/19/2015 14:13
Mike, I knew if I walked up there enough times there would eventually be some snow on that peak. We had no idea it would have that much!


jmanner

Great Pictures!
05/19/2015 14:31
Pretty jealous of those sweet looking turns on Blanca.


SchralpTheGnar

sickness
05/19/2015 15:42
Extreme to the max Bill! Great pics, good times dude, good times.


mountaingoat-G

that looks
05/19/2015 16:03
amazing, yet intimidating all at the same time !!


SolarAlex

Sick!!!
05/19/2015 21:18
That looks so incredible...picked a great time to break my boot ! Awesome pictures


SnowAlien

Incredible photos
05/19/2015 21:39
That descent didn’t suck! Ascent? Not so much... And I am glad that Jaaron’s prediction that the run will become mogul-y didn’t materialize Fresh tracks for all, woot woot! There were quite a few options too, which was nice!

P.S. I have some photos of you, I just haven’t gotten around to them yet.


Manky

Conga Line
05/21/2015 15:09
That was by far the best snow I have ever had on a fourteener, even if I couldn’t feel my toes.


salisbur1
Nice!!
05/21/2015 19:43
Thanks for posting!!!! In May there’s maybe that much snow every 10 years.


globreal

Success!
05/21/2015 23:26
Finally you got this bad boy. Congrats. But there is no rhyme or reason to this trip report. Oh, wait….there was rime at the beginning.

I vote for pic # 6. There is something both insane and majestical about the dedication of ski mountaineers!


XC Snowboarder

The Blanca Room
05/24/2015 19:40
Glad to see you, Rob and friends get Blanca in great conditions. The Sangres are putting out this year!


mrmethane
Great Pictures
05/31/2015 19:03
QOTD: I love this shit.


benners

Patience pays off
06/02/2015 10:05
How many times did you head up there to try to get Blanca in powder conditions, Bill? Must feel good to finally get it! What a year for the Sangres.


D Potter
Blue Sky
07/31/2015 21:12
Awesome white snow and Blue Sky



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