| North Face
The Huerfano road was almost dry, but still blocked by a couple deep snow patches 4 miles past the Singing River Ranch. The afternoon clouds clung to the mountains and stayed for the night, a thick fog settled in the valley for the morning. There was a good freeze at 10,200 and a delayed sunhit, but doubted my chances of making my way up the valley and finding nipple creek in the dark, and getting back to the forest before the snow turned into a nightmare. So slept in a bit, and repacked with a camp to spend the day working out the mixed road, the creek crossing, and the inconspicuous gully to the hanging basin. The sun cam out, but the snow stayed supportive. The gps altimeter read just twenty feet shy of the 10,700 where I skinned into a small gully as the path of least resistance. It developed into a more pronounced ravine. It was not really necassary to drag a heavy tent up there, but worth it in the end.
lots of blue in there
Unsettled afternoon weather persisted into the next morning again, The moon set behind Blanca, and lit the fast moving clouds over the summit; mean looking. Thought I missed my window until this patch of blue sky.
Nice to have a leisurely start time again, but I had to get moving.
So camp was packed and stashed down by the ravine entrance.
The route was more straightforward than it looked from the pass.
Gash Ridge: the definition of classic!
summit snow conditions
riding the north face of Lindsey
back up to the pass
ascent route in white.
riding into the basin again. I found my way through the right side, and retrived camp.
California: Uber Alles
note the dry moraine
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