An interesting and scenic mountain. This was my 10 month old puppy Sopris's 3rd fourteener in a week... (Blanca and Elingwood being her first two). The north face was encrusted with ice in the areas that were shaded from the sun and we tried to stick to the rock shelves on the right as they were much more pleasant then the scree of the central gulley.
An excellent mountain even for a fourteener.
I attempted Lindsey the year before, so I knew what to expect on this hike. The views of Blanca were spectacular this morning. Once at the saddle (13,200 feet) about the place I quit last year the trail narrows and gets steeper. I headed to the class 2+ chute and started to climb it staying mainly to the right of all of the loose stuff. The right side of the chute had a lot of places to put your hands and feet and its really stable rock. There was one part that was a little tricky but not too bad. At the summit I had some great views of the area and I got a great view of Blanca’s North Face. I sat on the summit for about a half hour and down I went.
What a fun climb and the scenery was spectacular. Weather great until long after I left. I stayed class 3 to the top.
Then on to the Iron Nipple and that centennial 13er for dessert.
Phenomenal climb. Rock at the crux is bomb-proof solid. Some exposure, but not as bad as advertized. I'd climb this ridge every day of the week and twice on Sunday compared to the shooting gallery on the north face.
We started from the standard Huerfano River TH, and made the ridge in about two hours, and the summit in three.
We stayed to the right of the scree in the couliers on some solid rock, which made it alot easier. Coming down that scree was not that pleasant, however.
The weather was picture perfect - no wind, clouds, and temperatures pretty high for 14,042 feet.
It surprises me that Lindsey doesn't see more traffic considering the spectacular area that it resides in. I mean this area really is a step up in scenic beauty. The Blanca Massif and the Iron Nipple will blow you away! The Huerfano Valley is too large for life. Lindsey is a nice step up in difficulty if you want to try something more technical than a class 2 hike.
Climbed the Noth Face couloirs withs some people from Denver Colorado Mountain Club. Nice group of people. I did not mind the loose rock in the couloir but the guide books should suggest helmets on this one. The mountain looks intimidating from the saddle but once you get closer, it is fine.
Fun day ! Such a nice variety of scenery!
Good climb. I stayed on the north ridge instead of entering the "bowling ball" class 2 chute. The rock was fairly solid and pleasant. It felt more like climbing than trudging up loose scree. There are several variations up the north ridge with minimal route finding needed. Great views of Blanca!
My dog and I climbed in mid June and there was allot of snow! A ice axe was needed and we postholed a few times.