I'm considering solo'ing but it would be great to have a partner to share gas with (I have 4X4 truck)and of course "shit hits the fan" backup. Could meet up Friday late afternoon (or Sat am). I live in Loveland so Boulder/Denver would work. Back hm Sunday. Come on everybody knows they need to do this route! It's super classic and looks like a ton of fun. Barry 208-215-4442
John how is the road "whacked"? Please be more specific. I was also wondering how the afternoon weather's been? Come on folks, I'd really feel better about having a partner on this one. I have years of alpine/rock experience, a great attitude, fit and ready to go! You can record the damn Bronco's game! Barry
I buddy of mine said it's the worst conditions he has seen in 15 years. Really hard driving. Of course if your'e walking up it...
I was up there 2 or 3 weeks ago, driving a 4x4 toyota pickup that typically does very well on rough roads. There's a pretty rough spot about 100 yards before the metal sign indicating the como lake 4wd road. (I'd guess about 8600'). If you've got good ground clearance and a pretty short wheelbase, you should be fine. I didnt want to risk it because it was the middle of the night and I was alone...but it wasn't too much of a slog...3 or 3.5 hrs to the summit of little bear from where I parked.
Not sure how you're planning on getting up little bear...I chose to just b-line up the face (NW?) above the second lake and it was actually pretty good climbing. From the top, the standard route looked like an awful bowling alley.