Ascent of Ellingwood Point on 2012-08-24

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Tim V
Eric Kassan
Tim Newman
Hannah Wilner
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, August 24, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Ellingwood Point
    Elevation:14042 ft / 4280 m

Ascent Trip Report

For the first part of this trip, see my trip report for Blanca Peak.

From the saddle with Blanca Peak, Tim V and I began the traverse over to Ellingwood Point. I had thought the route basically followed the rugged, knife-edge like ridge, but there was actually a path through the talus that ran lower down on the mountain's south face. This was a mix of use trail, boulder hopping, and some occasional light scrambling, but nothing more than Class 2. In just over half an hour, and amid a light rain, we reached the summit. We signed the register, and with little to see or photograph, we headed back down the way we came.

At one point we crossed a use trail leading down toward Crater Lake. We would have taken this more direct path, but we had to get back to the saddle area where we had left our packs. Our timing was good, as the others, along with another solo hiker they had met, had just reached the saddle following their descent.

As a group, we headed back down the trail to Como Lake. Even with the low clouds and rain it is a picturesque scene, and it was nice to see it as I had missed the scenery ascending in the darkness by headlamp. Hannah and I ended up hiking down together as the group spread out. We discussed various climbs and hikes we had each done, and she got barked at by a particularly territorial marmot. A large doe took little notice of us back at the lake, not far from our campsite.

We broke camp, with Tim V and Hannah leaving before Eric, Tim N, and I. Tim N was having trouble getting his equipment together. Eventually, the three of us headed down. The rain started again, and the road got very muddy. All of us eventually got pretty soaked, though my pack stayed fairly dry due to the rain cover. I broke off and ran some sections, and made it back to the vehicle almost an hour before Eric and Tim, as Tim was having issues with his back and was forced to go slow.

When they arrived, we made the short but very bumpy drive back to the road, and headed into Alamosa to get some dinner.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:691 ft / 209 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5757 ft / 1753 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.6 mi / 13.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
Clouds rolled in with fog
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:403 ft / 122 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 331 ft / 101 m; Extra: 72 ft / 21m
    Loss on way in:72 ft / 21 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Southeast Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Saddle w/Blanca  13711 ft / 4179 m
    Time:34 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5685 ft / 1732 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 5397 ft / 1646 m; Extra: 288 ft / 87m
    Gain on way out:288 ft / 87 m
    Distance:8.2 mi / 13.2 km
    Route:Southeast Ridge to Como Lake, then Jeep rd
    End Trailhead:Como Lake Rd as far as we could make it  8645 ft / 2634 m
    Time:4 Hours 42 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Blanca Peak (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Blanca Peak2012-08-24 b5919 ft / 1804 m
2Ellingwood Point2012-08-24 c691 ft / 211 m
Total Trip Gain: 6610 ft / 2015 m    Total Trip Loss: 6610 ft / 2015 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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