| Mt. Lindsey - #54 of Danner‘s Grand Slammer
On Saturday, August 8, we climbed Mt. Lindsey.
This was a special hike for 2 reasons 1) because our friend Greg Whicker was out from Indiana for his third annual 'Whicker Weekend' trip and more importantly 2) it was Dan 'Deaner/Danner' DeGrush's final peak - #54! Dan's older brother Steve, who guided us up Mt. Rainier on the 4th of July, was also out for the momentous occasion. We were also joined by Wes, Dillon, Emerald, Tyler, Tom, Sandi, Katie and Susie.
A few us of had hiked a windy Culebra Peak the day before and thought that we left the wind down the near the New Mexico border. As it turns out, Mr. Wind had followed us up to the Sierra Blanca Massif for some more pestering. It was absolutely howling throughout the night as we slept in our tents and cars at the trailhead. I don't think anyone slept more than a few hours.
We woke up around 445 and and the crew was actually on the trail at 530. Last year Dan and I had showed up to do this peak after a big weekend of rain and the river crossing was so horrendous that we decided not to try to cross.
This year the stream was low and we crossed it with no problems.
(I have inserted some pics below for comparison.) The trail steepens as soon as you reach the other side of the basin but we made good time to the upper basin. The views from this area are awesome! By this time the crew had livened up and we now could see the upper section of Lindsey.
We made our way up the steep pitch from the upper basin to the saddle to find that the wind was once again raging at the saddle.
This helped us make our decision to climb the standard route and not the ridge. Just as it is described, the middle of the chute was very loose while the sides are more stable. We scrambled our way up the right side and it seemed to work out pretty well.
Fortunately, this side of the mountain was also sheltered from the wind. Further up, we quickly crossed to the left side of the next chute to avoid any potential rock fall. From there the route works its way further to the left and up onto the ridge between the false summit and the main summit.
It was almost time to celebrate!
Tom and Sandy were the first one to reach the summit. Steve got out in front of Greg, Dan and I so that he could film Dan's last few steps to the top. We followed shortly after. Dan looked like John Elway at the end of Superbowl 32 as he pumped his fist in excitement. The rest of the group arrived within 5 minutes to join in the festivities. We popped out the champagne and some other props.
The crew snapped some pics, drank some bubbly and congratulated Dan on his final summit and awesome end to his 13 year project.
And a few pics from the climb down...
There's a picture from his 1st 14er below (Harvard '96).
Nice work Dan! As Neil Young would say 'Keep on Rockin' in the Free World!!!'
We spent about 30 minutes on the summit and then started down the mountain. We carefully picked our way down the loose chutes and then all the way back to the trailhead. When we got there, we had a beer and packed up our tents to head back to the Front Range. Overall, it was an awesome day even with the windy conditions.
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