Frank Konsella, Pam Rice, Matt Kamper, Ben Conners
Route Description: From Como Lake. Skied the Hourglass to Baby Thunder.
Data: Began at 3:30 am from 8800' on Como Lake road. Followed road to Como Lake and then bootpacked up a couloir to a notch. Reached top of notch (12.990') at 8:15. Followed east of the ridge to the Hourglass. Booted up the Hourglass. Reached summit (14,037) at 11:30. Began skiing around noon. Skied to top of Baby Thunder where we had to downclimb about 15 feet. Skied Baby Thunder, all the way back to Como Lake (3:30). Skied down Como Lake road to about 10,000'. Continued hiking down to 8800'. Reached car at 5:30. Total vert climbed: 5,200'. Total vert skied: 4000'. Total time: 14 hr.
Relevant Links: 14ers.com Trip Report
After hitting Crestone Needle on Sunday, I felt a momentum to keep going. A cold that was infesting my body combined with Mother Nature didn't seem to want to cooperate with me. A good weather window was opening up on Wednesday and Thursday. But, the infection that had hit my lungs didn't seem want to subside. Despite my less-than-stellar condition, we decided to give Little Bear a go. I could think of worse ways to spend Tax Day.
From there, we drove up as far as we felt comfortable, with darkness quickly falling upon us. We didn't get very far- only about 8800'. We promptly went to bed, knowing an early wake-up would be necessary. We left the cars well before dawn, at 3:30 in the morning.
While resting along the traverse, a group of two other skiers caught up from behind- Ben and Matt. They tagged along with us for the rest of the day. We began up the hourglass together.
I could not have asked for a better day to ski a fourteener, except for the gunk that was still collecting in my nose and chest. Thanks to Pam and Frank for helping me get another one done. And it was great to meet Matt and Ben. Number 47 is done. 7 more fourteeners to go!
Photos contributed by Pam Rice, Matt Kamper, and Ben Conners.