| Lindsey, Lily Lake th
Summited Lindsey using the freshly updated route on 14ers.com for the ridge. Started at 5:50am, only one person ahead of us whom we caught up with on the ridge.
The key to happiness and joy on the ridge is to follow Bill‘s line to the crux as closely as possible, plenty of annoying opportunities to have to backtrack otherwise... Below pic shows one area on the approach to the wall (crux).
And yes, there is some exposure so it‘s not quite as easy as some of the more experienced climbers have hinted at in various postings, for the average Joe (me!) the ridge route will provide plenty of adrenaline (my climbing companion of the day, who normally is up for some excitement, choked below the crux and turned around).
For the crux I took the left option however in retrospect I probably should have taken the middle or even stayed inbetween the two. The left line kinda leaves you hanging on an edge where you have to carefully climb up towards the ridge, either of the other two options would shorten the hanging part substantially.
Sunny but very windy day, not suitable for a comfortable extended stay on the summit but on the other hand, no mosquitoes. Took the standard route, north face gully, down.
There were a couple of small snow fields to cross above 13500 heading down the north face rt but I‘d guess they‘ll be gone soon at this rate of melting. Ice axe is a good idea still though. Below pic shows Brad http://www.summitpost.org/trip-report/200317/Mount-Lindsey-and-Company.html crossing a snowfield just before entering the top of the main gully.
One can fairly easily come up and down the main gully on this route by scrambling through the comparably stable rocks on the side instead of swimming in the gravel and loose crud in the center. Climbing in the slushy snow or in the gravel did not seem like fun in addition to the high potential of raining rocks on the non helmeted heads of the groups coming up.
Stayed on the right side for the first 5th and then moved over to the rocks on the left side for the final descent to the ridge.
This is definitely a bring your helmet hike regardless of what route you choose.
Roundtrip took 7h... got plenty of excuses though, it was the first one of the season, my map blew out of my hands so I had to go on a rescue mission and I had to keep a slower pace allowing for my friend to keep up : )
Met plenty of people on the trail while coming down and the trailhead and surrounding campingspots were packed. The only car at the th was an Outback, everything else were 4wd trucks and suv‘s. Road is fairly rough.
Trail is great all the way to the ridge between the Nipple and Lindsey with the exception of the lower section where water run offs have caused several side trails and non trails to appear. There is one stream crossing with a bunch of wet tippy logs, not a reason to slow down at all if you have hiking poles, but if not then barefoot would be the way to go to avoid a squishy hike.
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