|Peak:||Mt. Lincoln (14er)|
|Posted By:||Tyler Phillips|
|Date of Information:||11/25/2013|
Road was plowed all the way to the summer TH at Montgomery Reservoir. Made it in an AWD Ford Escape.
Walking alongside the reservoir we encountered 4-5 inches of pretty soft snow at around 7:30am. Same in the woods up to the ice falls.
We were post-holing pretty bad after the falls and entering the amphitheater as we encountered several 2-3ft drifts of soft powder. It took us 3 hours to get to the entrance of the amphitheater so we turned around.
There was just enough snow in the amphitheater to cover most of the small low-lying boulders (maybe 9 inches). Snowshoeing was difficult as we would sink down to the rocks and twist ankles. Microspikes would be good, but make sure you have gaiters on and be prepared to post-hole in between rocks. Conditions looked the same all the way up the amphitheater, can‘t speak for the rest of the route.
By the way, this was my first attempt at a snow climb, so I might be missing some knowledge/gear that would have made this climb much easier and time-efficient.