Southwest Ridge - Class 3
From Colorado 150 we drove just under 5 miles on the Lake Como Road and slept in the back of my Toyota Tacoma. It rained... HARD... most of the night with thunder and lightning. We climbed Ellingwood's class 3 Southwest Ridge and then traversed the ridge to Blanca's summit. The rain from the night before made the Lichen on Ellingwood's exposed Southwest Ridge slick. This made the climb a little tougher than we had anticipated. It was much better once the sun had a chance to dry everything out. The route from the truck was 11 miles round trip and 5250 vertical and took us roughly 10 hours.
Partners: Kristi Henes, Solo
Kristi's 14er Finisher!
Here is a link for the GPX file from our trip.