Peak(s):  Little Bear Peak  -  14,037 feet
Date Posted:  03/23/2011
Date Climbed:   03/21/2011
Author:  Artvandalay
 Standard Route One Day past Calendar Winter :(  

From Kite Lake


I always just provide a link to my blog which I use to document my 14er summits. I'll post a little more here than is typical being that I consider this one of my greatest accomplishments. I say that tentatively knowing that a lot of expert climbers troll this site and may not consider this that significant. I'm talking to those crazy warriors who recently did the LB-Blanca traverse. Or the insanity that is climbing all CO 14ers in Calendar Winter. Those feats of strength and endurance (and many others) keep me glued to this site.

Moving to CO about 2 years ago I rediscovered the outdoors after spending about 8 years in school married to textbooks and final exams. About nine months ago I attempted Pikes Peak via the Barr Trail and thought it no big deal. I hadn't been exercising and was very out of shape. Needless to say, I didn't make it. To add to my embarrassment, I had invited a friend to come with me and ended up ruining his summit attempt as well. I stumbled into Barr Camp and was informed there was a trail that connected to a pick-up station for the Cog Railway. I took the Cog up and then back down defeated and embarrassed.....and a little pissed off. I had always been a great hiker. It seemed by body was aging faster than my brain. As I researched the Barr Trail I came upon and was in awe to learn that there are 50+ 14ers in the state of CO. It wasn't the reason I came to CO but it is the reason I wont leave. I vowed not only to redeem myself on Pikes Peak but I wanted to hike all of them. Why am I mentioning this? Because it wasn't until completing Little Bear Peak that I really felt like my goal was attainable. I had made my goal when I was pissed off that I couldn't climb a mound of dirt and thought at times maybe I'm biting off more than I can chew. Little Bear, for me, was physically and mentally exhausting but I learned a little bit more about what I can do.

Here's some quick stats: Full Report Here
Start: 5:30 am
Arrive at Lake Como: 8:15 am
Arrive at bottom of North facing 600ft. gully: 9:45 am (no snowshoes murdered me)
Top of same gully: 10:45 am
Base of Hourglass: 1:10 pm
Summit: 2:35 pm
Leave Summit: 2:40 pm
Base of Hourglass (descent): 2:49 pm
Top of the North facing gully: 3:50 pm
Bottom of same gully: 3:56 pm
Back to Lake Como Road: 4:45 pm
Arrive at car: 6:45 pm

Total Time: 13.25 hours

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

03/24/2011 15:34
For your perseverance in getting that peak. Very cool and nice writeup on your blog. Looks like you had an absolute stunning day.

Your report is also a good reminder that the next couple of months is the time of year to get that peak done while the Hourglass is holding good snow.


Well done.
03/24/2011 03:50
That's a big peak to solo as an ”initiation” to the challenging ones out there. You're right--post holing is unpleasant, to put it mildly. You're not the first to discover the merits of snowshoeing in such a way . . . or become ”audibly mad doing so!” Ha ha. Nice job, nice write-up.


Not bad.
03/24/2011 03:32
Good times, hard route, kudos. I think you're onto it, stay with it, bro!


03/28/2011 17:43
I love reading your reports Brady. You provide so much great information. Little Bear is the one peak I am extremely afraid of. You have now giving me a little hope that I may be able to conquer it someday. We are actually planning on hiking Blanca and Ellingwood this summer if you want to join us. Great job on the hike!!!


quite a slog
04/03/2011 20:06
Congrats on the 9-hr slog to a difficult summit. Couldn't agree more about the benefits of being solo, and having snow to cover that horrible rock!

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