| Shots in Huefano Valley!!!- Lindsay- close, but not quite!
So CRAZY night in Huerfano Valley!!! My husband and I had prior plans on Sat night and didn't leave Denver until 7pm to drive down to the "Orpahned Boy" Valley. We decided we would just camp out in the car -Tahoe, much easier and more comfy for us. As we drove up the road we found a pull off just below the TH and we're getting ready for bed. Just as I had jumped in the backseat to start getting stuff ready we hear a loud noise that I said was a gun shot and my husband says, "just fireworks", to make me feel better. At that very moment these 2 guys start walking towards the car with their flashlights. They ask if we need anything several times. Christian says we were fine and then they said "who's we". Christian says "me and my wife". Then they said they just wanted to let you know that they were f***ing crazy! And then proceeded to pull out and shoot a pistol in the air 2 times. We asked them to stop and they said it keeps the bears away and shot it again. I told them they were scaring me and they finally walked away. They said we could come down and have beer with them, but we obviously turned them down and once they left I told my husband to get the hell out of there. We went back down about 6-8 miles back past the ranch and got a little bit of sleep. We tried to get up early but once shooken up the night before by a gun it is really hard to get up to the alarm!!! Anyway we started the hike at 7am.
We headed up the hill and tried to follow Bill's route, but once we saw the Boulder Field we must have been magnatized to it. We started heading straight up along side the Boulder Field. We even saw another couple doing the same thing behind us. They ended up passing us and eventually getting back on track and we kept going up until we realized we were way off track! DON"T GO THIS WAY!!!
Anyway we finally found the trail and got over to it, but had wasted so much time doing it.
We headed up Bill's route the rest of the way and found a beautiful trail all the way up to the saddle between Iron Nipple and Lindsay. We looked at Linsay and with our rule of "off the top by 12 noon", we decided we weren't going to make it. It was 11 so we decided to go as far as we could and turn around at noon. That left us to climb up into the gully. We made it to the top of the gully and thought we had about 300 vertical feet left to climb. Seeing the storm clouds starting to build, we figured our rule was one to live by on this day. Here are photos of our day.
View over to Blanca
View of Lindsay's tip top peak from the Basin
view of the gully with the snowfield
Where we turned around for the sake of not wanting to get caught in a storm with lots of sketchy down climbing to do. This is Christian (Holy Schist) with the rest of Lindsay above him
an even better shot
looking back down on what we had come up
Looking back up the gully at what we had come down
What we climbed on- fun, little loose, but fun!
View from the basin looking towards Blanca
Me and hubby
Snowfield to play in!!
I can't wait to go back, take the correct trail and make it to the summit by 9:30 am and enjoy the day while on top of a gorgeous peak. The views of Blanca are amazing!!!!
Notes on the class 2plus:
I love climbing. If you enjoy rock climbing or climbing in the gym, this is an awesome climb through the gully and even though we didn't finish it, we hear that the rest of the climb is much like the gully. The gully on Lindsay's north face is very loose, but if you stay to the right of the snow field and do a zigzag movement through the rocks you will find the climb on Lindsay's North Face very fun, challenging, and rewarding. I had a little bit more trouble coming down. I had to sit a lot on my butt since the rocks were so loose and I know that isn''t recommended, but I felt safre that way. I also always looked for hand holds on the loose stuff in case my feet slip.
Either way it is a fun and challenging climb. I can't wait to go back and do the whole thing/