Second trip up, was my 3rd 14'er 7 years ago. Much better the second time around! Good weather and only one other climber.
got my feet wet in the river. I wonder if there were places where you could cross without that problem. Got a little antsy to get about treeline....got off route and up into the boulders too early. but overall it was a great day. Rain was threatening while coming down.
Started up at 5:10AM in the dark and headed up towards Blanca Peak before realizing I'd gone the wrong way. Anyway......corrected my wrong and summited at 11:30, back to the TH at 2:38PM, pretty peak with awesome wildlife and views. My 31st 14'er, sweet!!
Route finding at the top can be sketchy. Peak was covered in fog as we approached the summit and we ended up with a bit of a scramble. Toughest part of the day was the creek crossing which featured a dead doe up against the logs...
A friend and I hiked in about a mile from the TH and set up camp at a gorgeous spot near a little run down cabin to the right of the trail. Climbed the wall on the NW ridge, which was a good rush. We did get off course a bit prior to that and then had to do a few terrifying moves to navigate around to the wall. I recommend following the route description closer than we did. Great summit views, of course!
Climbed the NW Ridge. Climbed the slot closest to the ridge crest at the headwall, only thought 1 or 2 moves were class 4 and the rest was 3. The exposure on the knife edge was fun. Climbed early enough to get the summit to myself.
Climbed "NW Lindsey", "Huerfano" and Iron Nipple as well.
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.
:-) 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!
Went on to "Huerfanito" - windless, sunny, warm weather. Amazing!
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!
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.
The summit pyramid is a lot more intimidating than I expected when I crested the ridge. Enjoyed this one immensely!!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.