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tjchinoNW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2005


fun climb!
Posted Sep 11, 2006 7:55 pm

NatashaNW Ridge vs the Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2006


Weather: Ideal, Climbing partners: John and Sarah

Ascended NW ridge route and tried to find a class 3 rte on the left side of the crux, big mistake. Ended up panicked and very "stuck" in a crevice. Had to back track and climb straight over the top of the crux, MUCH better.

Descended via the fairly crowded gully. Didn't find it to be as bad as all the stories. It is loose, but we were able to find quite a bit of planted rock on the sides. Glad we wore helmets.

That being said, I was glad we ascended the ridge, far more exhilerating! If you hate exposure and don't want to venture onto class 4 rock, then stick to the gully.

Saw a family with 3 girls (7, 9, and 11) in the gully. Although it was great that they were up there, I was saddened that none of them had helmets...I'm kicking myself for not saying something.
Posted Sep 5, 2006 10:11 pm

seth@LOKIHuerfano is cool  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 1999


Very cool!
Posted Jul 26, 2006 7:08 pm

ktiffany22Hiking for Dummies 101  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2006


:-) It turned out to be a beautiful day to tag my 31st official 14er.... though you might think it was my first! We tried the class 3 ridge route, "freaked out" at the class 4 crux wall, tried traversing to the left of the wall and up.... and ended up going back down to the gully and climbing it (we "wasted 1.5 hours doing this). Bagged it though and had a blast!
Posted Jul 5, 2006 4:25 am

roozers42Route Climbed: NW Ridge (ascent) North Face (descent)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2006


Went on to "Huerfanito" - windless, sunny, warm weather. Amazing!
Posted Jun 25, 2006 5:02 pm

Brad SniderNW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2006

Brad Snider

Climbed NW Ridge, descended infamous scree gully (normal route). Not as bad as all the hype, but probably because there is still a fair amount of snow in it. Went on to summit Huerfano and the Iron Nipple. Windy!
Posted Jun 11, 2006 1:57 am

Brian KaletSummit Ski Descent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 21, 2006

Brian Kalet

Trip Report
Posted May 22, 2006 3:09 pm

royswkr9 Hour Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2001
Usual route, car radio out of order and didn't find out what else had happened until we got home, hence saw it all at once instead of waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Posted May 10, 2006 9:27 pm

ClearSkiesAheadUp the Northwest Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 7, 2006


The summit pyramid is a lot more intimidating than I expected when I crested the ridge. Enjoyed this one immensely!!
Posted May 8, 2006 9:12 pm

KieferRoute Climbed: Northern couloir Date Climbed: July 6, 2005  Sucess!


climbed up the couloir and came down via the NW ridge. DEFINTELY reccommend the ridge! I had this mountain all by myself ALL DAY. Kind of a slow trog up though.

Some people were acting suspicious when I arrived at the trailhead so I took a few more things with me that I wouldn't ordinarily have taken and hid everything else out of sight. Don't leave things in plain sight in your vehicle at trailheads! Things were fine when I got back though.

Saw a small heard of deer and a mine further up the basin towards Blanca that wasn't on my map! Cool!
Posted Jan 21, 2006 12:27 pm

Mike McRoute Climbed: Northern Couloir Date Climbed: July 16, 2005  Sucess!

Mike Mc

This route is not the "North Couloir" in Roach's book. However, there is some great class 3 Sangre scrambling up it. This couloir is not a common route, but it does lead to the false summit of Lindsey.
Posted Aug 28, 2005 10:51 pm

kara husmannRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: August 24, 2005  Sucess!
My husband and I climbed Mount Lindsey to celebrate our 3rd anniversary. It was an amazing trip leaving our 5 month twin girls with their grandparents. We stayed in westcliffe the night before. We woke up at 3:50 and headed for Huerfano trail head. We started climbing around 5:45. Once we crossed the stream the climbing began. Once we hit the saddle between Iron Nipple and Mt. Lindsey at 7:45 we saw the northwest ridge. WOW!!! It was great solid rock and the climbing was fun. I had my husband belay me over the one class 4 section. What a beautiful summit. We downclimbed the northface. It was better than I thought it would be. We had perfect weather all day. We were back in denver by 5pm!!!! What a great day!!!! Happy trails!
Posted Aug 25, 2005 6:32 pm

Woodie HopperRoute Climbed: North Face Date Climbed: 8/3/05  Sucess!

Woodie Hopper

NW ridge probably better if you don't like loose rock! Five hour round-trip hike. Last two miles of road to TH very rough, but no problem for 4WD with good ground clearance.
Posted Aug 25, 2005 9:28 am

CortezRoute Climbed: North Face Date Climbed: August 11, 2005  Sucess!


This was one of the more dangerous 14er adventures that Jennifer and I have had. The conditions were awful. The monsoonal storms pestered us almost the entire way up. We did the Class 3 route up the North Face. When wet, this route can be deadly. Looking back, we probably should have turned around at the northwest ridge below the summit. We only spent about 5 min. at the top because of the impending August thunderstorms. Shiloh's pads were torn to shreds>She will have to wear booties from now on.

Posted Aug 17, 2005 12:42 pm

alpine masterRoute Climbed: North Face Date Climbed: June  Sucess!

alpine master

The north face isn't as bad as everyone says. Quit crying.
Posted Jul 24, 2005 1:08 pm

doumallRoute Climbed: North Face Date Climbed: June, 19 2004  Sucess!


15th 14er!
Posted Jul 13, 2005 3:13 pm

jrfRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge (descended standard route) Date Climbed: July 9, 2005  Sucess!


Climbed with the same group as shknbke (to be fair about 30 minutes behind). The ridge was very nice. The descent down the gully was terrible. If I were to do this again I would avoid the gully going both directions.

Awesome view from the summit as well. One of the best I've seen.
Posted Jul 11, 2005 12:34 pm

shknbkeRoute Climbed: n.w. ridge Date Climbed: July 9, 2005  Sucess!


Climbed Lindsey with 9 others from 14erworld.com in 2 groups. Lindsey is one of my favorite 14'ers thus far. We all took the n.w. ridge, which was a fun scramble which can be kept at class 3 at the headwall about halfway up. Just traverse below the class 4 knife edge and most of the exposure can be avoided by climbing a protected gully with bomber holds. We descended the north face, which as expected was a dangerous, loose mess. We also bagged the Iron Nipple and centennial Huerfano to complete an awesome climb.
Posted Jul 9, 2005 11:49 pm

cftbqRe: Route Climbed: n.w. ridge Date Climbed: July 9, 2005


Help! What are "bomber holds"?? Special equipment?
Posted Jul 19, 2006 5:05 am

bc44caesarRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge (descended North Face) Date Climbed: 11 Jun 2005  Sucess!


Left the Upper Huerfano Trailhead at 7. Had some trouble finding a good place to cross the creek so I ended up wading across. Found some cairns leading up a snow slope in between trees and a boulder field but missed the turn to cross the creek and ended up heading to treeline straight up. Traversed into the basin below the Iron Nipple - Lindsey saddle and met a couple of guys from C Springs. We joined up and made the saddle where I convinced them to take the Northwest Ridge route as they did not bring crampons. The going was easy until the crux. One of the guys tried descending a bit and heading up the gully but turned back due to slippery conditions. I opted to tackle the ridge directly and made it up, but it felt like some pretty exposed lower 5th class stuff to me...maybe it was the snow and ice. The others turned back so I kept on to the summit (nobody had signed the summit log yet this year). I elected to descend the couloir back down which involved some traverses across very steep snow slopes and tricky downclimbs amongst the rock. Finally near the bottom I was able to glissade out and join the trail once again. All in all a harrowing ascent & descent!! For added fun I hiked up Huerfano Peak which was super easy. Weather started moving in so I hurried down after that, following the steep streambed as it tumbled its way down all the way back to the river crossing as snow began to fall. I managed to break through the snow at one point and fell into the stream on my way down! Round trip time was about 8hrs 45min. I had planned to do California's North Ridge the next day but it rained all night and was snowing in the morning so I bagged out and went home.
Posted Jun 12, 2005 3:23 pm

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