Peak(s):  Ellingwood Point  -  14,042 feet
Little Bear Peak  -  14,037 feet
Blanca Peak  -  14,345 feet
Mt. Lindsey  -  14,042 feet
"Huerfano Pk"  -  13,828 feet
California Pk  -  13,849 feet
Date Posted:  10/13/2017
Modified:  10/14/2017
Date Climbed:   07/22/2017
Author:  justiner
 Sierra Blanca Enchainment   

This is a trip report of my Sierra Blanca Centennials linkup. This is rarely done, as there's some logisitical nightmares, but I'll put it here for those who want to learn from my trip (and the mistakes I made during my trip). Be well prepared if you yourself tackle something like this - bailout sometimes means hiking out of the wrong side of the range.

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

Comments or Questions

Amazing journey!
10/13/2017 13:24
Glad you safely made it through some very difficult yet beautiful places. Thanks for reporting!


Crossfires Misidentified
10/14/2017 20:46
To unmuddy beta, your pic mis-identifies the numbered Crossfire Couloirs while omitting The Crossfire Couloir. Per the route description on you reference you ascend west until "a small tarn ("upper South Zapata Lake") comes into view with the C3 Gully above it." C3 is where "26" is on your map and I took that route down from Ellingwood to SZL TH (and there's a cairned route that forks well before SZL).

Pic 9

Pic 7

Pic 8

Pic 13


Helluva route.
10/16/2017 13:36


10/17/2017 19:19
I am sure this write up will help some people who are looking to do this big link up (or portions of it) in the future. Thanks for sharing!


11/15/2017 19:00
Hey Justin,

Thank you so much for your TR. Had a question re: Pic 8; you said that you climbed up via "C2.75", where is that represented in the pic as it relates to C2 and C3? My partner and I made a similar "error" and ascended via a couloir we referred to as "C4" in blinding snow and were wondering if it actually had a proper name. For reference, I BELIEVE it's the furthest right couloir featured in Pic 8 but it was a brutally difficult day and I could be wrong. Thank you! Doing Little Bear on Saturday and trying to follow your beta and greatly appreciate you writing this up!


re: C4
11/15/2017 22:34
The couloir I climbed up was between C2 and C3, but other than that, I may have a hard time putting the track I made to the photo of the area - I sadly wasn't in the basin long enough to get really great bearings, and the weather wasn't the clearest. Pretty complicated terrain!

From the track, though, I climbed the couloir - then the face shown here:

There may be a legit, albeit route on the face itself. I hadn't any snow gear, so that is probably the reason I bailed on finishing up the couloir. That and I'm a better climber of rock than snow!

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