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 Peak(s):  Mt. Lindsey  -  14,042 feet
 Post Date:  06/15/2009
 Date Climbed:   06/13/2009
 Posted By:  Ski4me

 A mid-June climb of Lindsey - standard route   

Due to the fact that thunderstorms have been rolling in early this year, we departed the Springs at the Woodman/I-25 exit at 1 am and hit the trailhead at 4am. I heard rumors of a big puddle on the road last year, but failed to see it on the way up the dirt road.

The first big obstacle was the stream crossing. It was too dark to get a good shot on the way in, but I did snap a shot on the way out.
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The crossing was cold, but not as deep as we suspected. We crossed in Tevas and I was glad we brought them, because the rocks were slick.

The trail branched out and faded at the talus field and I was glad to have the data from http://makingturns.com/. Like they did, we scampered up the talus field.
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We had some breath-taking views of Blanca as the early morning glow caught the top of the peak.

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We found the path again after the talus field turned to tundra and followed the switchbacks to a snowfield just below the saddle.

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Here we got a good view of the standard route.

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Two of us used crampons for the climb and two of us decided they were not necessary. All in our party used ice axes. We spaced our climbs at five minute intervals.

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The route had good footprint/steps in it that made the climb straightforward.
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The summit was clear, cold, and windy, a perfect June day.ImageWe attempted to galcade down the route, but had too much speed on our first attempt and decided just to walk down.

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We hugged the drainage/stream on the way back, but still ended up bushwhacking back to the main trail.

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The crossing on the way back was cold, but my smile tells of a fun trip.Image



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  • Comments or Questions
Jason Halladay


Summit time?     2009-06-15 21:57:41
Looks like perfect conditions for a snow climb. Nice! What time were you all on the summit? I saw people on Lindsey‘s summit from the summit of Little Bear around 8:40am.


Ski4me


Summit Time     2009-06-15 22:08:41
I think that would be us. There was a group of two behind us by about 10 minutes. I think we gained the north summit at 8:40 and the actual about 10 minutes later. Sorry we did not see you over on Little Bear.



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