birthday party/fourteener finisher weekend with some of my best friends. a little bit of lingering snow from the previous week's storm was in the shadier sections, but nothing serious. a great weekend!
The gully was much more difficult that I anticipated.
NW ridge, w/ Faith. Left TH @ 8.08. Moved quickly across now-familiar trail. Trail straightforward, R below start of standard route saw party of 3 who were going to the ridgeline. Leader suggested it was 4th class. It looked fun, as F & I jumped on it ahead of them. Fun little route! Mostly 3rd, w/ some 4th thrown in here & there. Summited @ 11.35. Enjoyed views before leaving summit @ 12.25.
Decided to summit the Iron Nipple after climbing Lindsey because, well, it’s the IRON NIPPLE! Summited @ 13.34, left @ 13.36. Pleasant hike down. Back @ TH @ 15.55. Nice hike, great views from summit!
Kessler was supposed to sing in a church activity, but we both had colds and Kessler had a very sore throat. Rather than stay home and infect everyone (both at home and in public) we decided to break away and go spend some time climbing mountains. We only decided to go about 10 minutes before we left. Gear was quickly thrown in the car and we drove south before spending the night.
The next morning we went for a climb of Mt Lindsey. We made our way up the mountain as quickly as we good, but got sidetracked on a false trail below timberline. We found the error and the correct route and then made our way quickly to timberline. From timberline, it was obvious that much of the route was snow covered.
We hiked over to the couloir and then climbed it. It was pretty icy in places, so we had to be careful. We passed several people in the couloir while making our way up the mountain. We summited in 2 hours 45 minutes, which wasn’t too bad for hacking and coughing. We had some nice views, but it was hazy because of forest fires.
It was very windy on the climb up, but the summit was surprisingly calm. One lady on the summit had banged her leg up good when she slipped on the ice.
After a long lunch we headed back down the mountain via the icy couloir. I slipped a couple times and it was found that the walking stick I stashed on the way up was gone. I assume that someone was having trouble with the slippery conditions and took it. Anyway, I bruised and scraped my side in a short slip before reaching the saddle.
From the saddle, it was decided that we would climb Iron Nipple, but because my walking stick was gone and since I tend to get sore knees without it, we wouldn’t climb Huerfano Peak. We climbed Iron Nipple, which was more interesting than expected before heading back down the mountain and to the vehicle. After that we drove to the Walsenburg area to get ready for a climb of West Spanish Peak.
Northwest Ridge route with Jamie, Steve, Jim and Josh. This was Jamie's final 14er! Congrats Jamie!
Love that ridge! I only wish it was longer. I had the summit to myself for the first half hour. Beautiful mountain.
Summited Lindsey dead last via the standard route around 1 PM after a late start (10:10 AM) just coming into Colorado from Houston. Luckily there were no storms; great views all around. It was my first peak on my 13 day long Colorado trip.
Climbed the standard route with buddy Dustin. This was a loose nasty climb up the gullys. Keep to the right on solid rock and wear a helmet like the others said. Beautiful hike up to the start of the gulley.
I think this peak is underrated both difficulty and scenery wise. Upper Huerfano basin is a pretty cool place. I climbed up the ridge route which has good rock. I would say the crux is class 3 if you go toward the left. I took the gulley down which is loaded with dangerous loose rock
Well earned summit. Made it interesting with the dog but none the less made the summit. Beautiful river basin! Will be back for IN and Huerfano. No crowds(3 people) the day before 4th of July!!
Warm but windy morning and a fun NW ridge! Also included centennial Huerfano Peak
NW Ridge to the summit (over NW Lindsey) and down the standard gully. Wish I had descended the same way, the ridge was much more enjoyable.
Came for the couloir, left with the NW Ridge. Can't say I regret it!
Will have to come back for the Ormes Buttress. Screw Como Road.
Clouds came in faster than I've ever seen on a 14er. Climbed with Alex. We saw about 20 deer on the drive up.
My first trip to the Sangres. The crux has some serious exposure. I don't recommend this as a solo trip without rock-solid confidence. A helmet is a good idea more especially for the walk back down the gully route. I was lucky enough not to encounter anyone on the summit block, but did move some rocks in the gully. It gets pretty nasty.
I hiked Lindsey with a facebook friend, Allen. We camped out below the trailhead the night before. We started hiking around 5:30, reached the summit before 10AM, and arrived back at Lily Lake Trailhead just before 1PM. There was a fire burning in New Mexico or to the west of us. The views from the top were very hazy, and we could smell the smoke. Other than that, it was a fine day, sunny and breezy.