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Ascent of Blanca Peak on 2008-06-19

Climber: Patrick Lilly

Others in Party:Trisha Conlon
Date:Thursday, June 19, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Blanca Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14345 ft / 4372 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trisha and I climbed from about 100 vertical feet above the low 2WD trailhead. We started at 1:15 am MDT, reached Lake Como at about sunrise, and finally summitted just before noon. There were still fairly large fields of snow above timberline, which we climbed in crampons and glissaded down on the descent. A beautiful, sunny day with little wind. Only four other climbers on the mountain that we were aware of. We made the descent in 6 hours. A long, taxing day, but very satisfying. The moonlight hike in made it more pleasant than hiking that horrible road in daylight.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6245 ft / 1903 m
    Round-Trip Distance:16 mi / 25.7 km
    Route:Lake Como Road
    Trailhead:Lake Como Road TH  8100 ft / 2468 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:10 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:6 Hours 



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