Peak(s):  Little Bear Peak  -  14,041 feet
Date Posted:  07/01/2022
Date Climbed:   06/30/2022
Author:  jmfb3
 Little Bear Solo   

I drove up Wednesday night. The road was not as bad as I had feared - I managed to get up to about 10,000 feet, after the switchbacks - But it was definitely a tough road to drive up and I did not think I could get much further. It was not super easy to get to this point but I'm not much of an off-road driver and I made it this far so 𤷠For reference, I drive an old Tacoma TRD Off Road Pro with upgraded tires but not much else.

I started at 5:10 AM. The hike up to Lake Como was not too bad in the dark so early. I got to Como around 6:30 AM and started up the chossy gully. That gully sucks, man. The way up was rough, but the way down was hell. The traverse from the chossy gully to the hourglass gully was longer than I had anticipated and the route-finding wasn't as easy as I had anticipated but was not too bad.

The hourglass: I decided to bring my climbing shoes for this part since I had read how steep it is. It certainly was steep, but having climbing shoes made this part super fun and a breeze. There was a lot of water around the rope and even getting to it would have been very risky. But, having my climbing shoes allowed me to hang to the left side and scale some class 5 stuff which felt a lot easier than any class 4 stuff I've done in hiking shoes (I am a fairly experienced sport climber). The route finding at the top was a bit tough, but you can always find cairns if you look around enough. On the way down there was even more water and I'm fairly certain I would have gotten stuck if I didn't bring climbing shoes. In sum - Bring climbing shoes on this mountain and you will have a GREAT time! Don't bring them and you had better be ready to turn around at a wet gully.

The entire hike down was exhausting. I had planned to potentially go up Blanca and Ellingwood after. I felt great at the summit of little bear, but by the time I got back down to the lake I was not willing to go back up. The hike down that road sucks, too, so I was glad I decided not to go for Blanca / Ellingwood. I'll be going back up next chance I get for the other two!

Comments or Questions
07/01/2022 16:42
We met you on the road on Wednesday evening as we were wearily walking down. Happy to see you made it up LB! I've read some of your recent reports so it was cool to sort of meet you.

Nailed it!
07/02/2022 09:22
Good thing you brought hose climbing shoes. Wet and icy in the area recently indeed. Well done!

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