Man, what a stunning hike. Had great views of clouds pouring off the face of Blanca almost all day. I was only 1 of 3 who made it up there one day. One guy happened to work with a friend of mine.
Kris and I climbed the North Couloir in great late season conditions. 1,600' of snow was well worth the extra effort to drop down from the saddle and traverse around to reach.
This was my second climb of Lindsey. We did the standard North Face with a bit of NW Ridge from Huerfano drainage. The night before a little critter (racoon?) worked hard trying to get in our cooler.
This was my first climb of Lindsey. We approached from the Huerfano drainage. We did a combination of North Face and NW Ridge to get to the top.
My son & did this fine mountain for his first 14er. My son, Spencer was 14 years of age and has wanted to climb for several years. He has been rock climbing for over five years but not ever been on a 14,000 foot mountain. I wanted to make sure he was prepared for this experience. We chose the North Face as our route. I was concerned for him, he used his rock climbing skills very well to meet the challenges we faced. We had a special experience being on the summit together. Seeing him meet this difficult experience with determination and courage made me very proud. Mt. Lindsay is a challenging climb, we enjoyed it very much.
I headed over to Lindsey with some people I met the previous day on Culebra. We went up the NW ridge (fun) and came down the gully (brutal). A beautiful area with great views of the Blanca group.
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.
Help! What are "bomber holds"?? Special equipment?
:-) 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!