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By Theo Barker
From: Loveland, CO
Mar 17, 2006
The Blanca group is actually located in the Sangre de Cristo range, not the (non-existent) Crestone Range. The Crestones are just another group in the Sangre de Cristo Range. This range runs from essentially Poncha Pass down into New Mexico (Santa Fe?) on the east side of the San Luis Valley. The northern end of the range is quite spectacular when viewed from the west along the northern end of the 'Valley.
The Blanca group includes the summits of Little Bear, Ellingwood Point, and Blanca, with Mt. Lindsey semi-attached to the east.
By Rik Anderson
From: C/S, Colorado/Talkeetna, Alask
Jul 22, 2006
|Looking for any info on the couloir that goes up to the gash on the "gash ridge" route. Just wondering if it's too loose to climb, angle of ice if any or anything of that nature. Any info would be great, looking to go climb it in late Aug. early Sept. thanks Rik|
By joshua deuto
Aug 22, 2007
|I just returned from a 3 day trip to the upper Huerfano. Beyond Ormes, there seems like many possible lines up Blanca's N. Face, including a direct to summit connect-the-features sort of thing. If anyone has any info. on existing lines (other than Ormes) I'd appreciate it. Thanks.|
By climber chuck
Nov 18, 2007
We first hiked here in 1984. I remember making the initial hike from the car up to lake C. We were like, man, how could anyone drive up here? Next morning we heard a jeep coming up the trail. Pretty surprised back then, maybe not so much to anyone hiking this today.
Next day we took off to Blanca and took quite a while. I was pretty green and the 2 I was with had climbed just about every peak in NM and Col. We finally made it to the top (with a Rotweiler in tow) Great climb, pretty hairy scary for a first timer! We were starting back down and my buddy's Rotweiler (Hunter) slipped and started bouncing down the loose rocky area of the bowl. Probably the nastiest spill I'd ever seen! He stopped after 70 yards, and it's a wonder he survived. Made it down to him and he was beat up pretty bad. Managed to get him down to lake C and he was a hurtin' unit after that. He died a few months later supposedly to collateral internal injuries from the fall. Years later, I remember the exileration of the climb, and the pain of watching that dog bounce down our descent route. Sorry for the rant, but the climb is still one of my best memories and still plan to climb this with my kids some day!
By Clifford Mallory
From: Casper WY
Nov 2, 2010
I think I know what you are talking about. As you face the peak from the north, it's the snow line that cuts from right to left down low and then goes almost straight up (where Livine ended it all). Then a short ridge romp up and left to the summit? If we are talking about the same line, it's a hoot (great snow). I suggest doing it when there is ice on the section where it changes direction. It would be fun with ice, without it's loose, doable but loose. 5.8-ish but bring a trash can for all the trash.
I think it's an old Army training route. Those guys are bad asses!!!Old Army climbs are amazing.