A Swainson's Hawk watches over the Sierra Blanca
California, Ellingwood, Blanca, and Little Bear (from L to R)
Little Bear comes into view at Lake Como
the Northwest Face route as seen from Blue Lakes
We decided to climb the NW face so that we could avoid the rockfall danger of the notorious hourglass.
enjoying the sunset from our front porch
Sarah climbing the summit ridge above the northwest face
Sarah making the final few steps to Little Bear’s summit
summit photo with the Great Sand Dunes N.P. in the background
the plains beyond Lindsey’s shoulder are submerged in a sea of clouds
Sarah downclimbing the ridge above the upper reaches of the northwest face
Sarah posing along the traverse with Little Bear in the background
Brian from the party behind us making an exposed downclimb on a tower as Erin watches closely
looking toward Blanca from the low point on the traverse
looking back toward Little Bear from the same point, with Brian and Erin on the tower
The catwalk, as it’s called, posed the most intense exposure of the day.
Sarah is happy to put the catwalk behind her.
the first gendarme and the catwalk as seen from ridge on the second gendarme
the traverse as seen from the second gendarme
Brian and Erin negotiating the second gendarme as other climbers stand on Blanca’s summit
Sarah and I posing on Blanca’s summit in front of the traverse
looking back toward Blanca’s summit from the ridge to Ellingwood
Sarah and I posing for the third time of the day
the traverse with the catwalk at the far left and Little Bear at the far right