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Ascent of Blanca Peak on 2011-08-21

Climber: Donnie Puckle

Date:Sunday, August 21, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Blanca Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14345 ft / 4372 m

Ascent Trip Report

Meetup.com trip. We hiked in from San Luis Valley on Saturday and camped at Lake Como. We started around 4AM Sunday morning. There was a lot of loose talus higher up, so the "trail" was very hard to find. We went to the right before the saddle and dealt with some fairly easy class 3 scrambling before we made the summit. We got to the summit around 7:30 or so, I think. The clouds were already building up early in the day. Then we went over to Ellingwood Point.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Hut Camp
    Weather:Cool, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Start Trailhead:Lake Como  
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Blanca & Ellingwood (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Blanca Peak2011-08-21 
2Ellingwood Point2011-08-21 



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