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Little Bear Peak
Elevation: 14,037 feet
Mileage: 8 miles
Vertical Gain: 5,400 feet
Route: Southwest Ridge

June 4th, 2004

Climbing Little Bear Peak often ranks among the hardest 14ers. The standard approach from Como Lake involves ascending a couloir below the main summit called the "hourglass" and any rock that falls off the upper section of the summit block, gets funneled right through the hourglass. Wanting to avoid this rockfall hazard, Hakan, a fellow 14erworld member, discovered a route up the southwest ridge that bypassed the hourglass couloir. Other 14erworld members Ryan and Erin had tried this route last year but were unsuccessful due to the confusing bushwhacking involved to gain the southwest ridge. Confident they knew the route, they were kind enough to let us tag along for this adventure, and what an adventure it turned out to be.


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