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 Peak(s):  Mt. Lindsey  -  14,042 feet
 Post Date:  10/20/2010
 Date Climbed:   10/15/2010
 Posted By:  mtndude3737

 Perfect Day on Mount Lindsey   

What a perfect October weekend to climb a peak! After multiple camp-outs this year, we decided to stay in a hotel in Westcliffe. The Antler Motel was cheap, warm, and slightly nicer than a tent.

We left the hotel at 5:00 am, and it took almost exactly 1.5 hours from Westcliffe to the trail head. Make sure you have a good map or directions, because it can get confusing, especially in the dark.

Arriving at the trailhead, it was a crisp 27 degrees F, but with no wind, it felt nice. We took off down the trail, and these were our first views:
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First meadow, Blanca in the background

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Spiky ridge from Lindsey to Blanca

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Frosty stream at about 11,000 feet

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Mine


The view of Blanca was amazing! What a beautiful North Face! With snow on it, it reminded me of the Eiger North Face. It must be climbed! (Maybe next year):
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Blanca looms above the "small but beautiful basin"


Upon entering the "small but beautiful basin", we saw Lindsey "peaking" at us from behind the ridge:
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Lindsey "peaks" from behind the ridge


The slog up from the basin to the ridge is a straight shot, 1,000 VF climb. We made pretty good time, doing it in 45 minutes. Here are some views from the shoulder:
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View back down to the basin from the grassy shoulder

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View of Lindsey from the grassy shoulder at 13,000 feet


So we were a little nervous about how much snow the north face would have on it, but it wasn't as much as I expected. However, on class 2-class 3 climbing, it can be a little hairy. We had rope but never needed it, but we did use our ice axes on occasion. This is the start of the class 2-1/2 trail:
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The North Face

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Class 2-1/2 section begins


My son James (15 years old) stayed true to the ridge the whole way. He is a 5.12 rock climber, so even without rope he was OK. He said some parts of the beginning of the ridge were definitely class 4-5. If you go into the gully and then head south, you can connect to the ridge much easier, and stay class 3. With snow on the steps, it felt a little more class 4. At about 13,700 feet the ridge starts to look like this:
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James coming up the class 4/5 section of the ridge

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The class 3 section of the ridge


We crested the "final" summit at 14,000 feet, and realized the "actual" summit was still about 1/4 mile away! The traverse is pretty easy, and this can be avoided if you don't stay true to the ridge, but use the class 2-1/2 trail to the left (north) of the ridge. Darned false peaks!
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View of Lindsey from the false summit


We were hoping to summit by 11 am, but it turned out to be 11:15. Talk about a beautiful view and beautiful weather! It was 52 degrees, sunny, and windless! Tee shirt weather!
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Little Bear, Blanca, and Ellingwood loom in the distance


We ate our lunch, and then headed back down. We went back down the class 2-1/2 marked trail, and with the snow, the down climb was a little hairy. I got out my rope to rappel a nasty section, but it was tangled, so we just bailed down it. Not too bad when all was said and done. We got back to the car at 2:30, happily tired and satisfied at our perfect weather, with NO traffic on the mountain. Pretty sweet.
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Back at the starting meadow, looking back

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The road home



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  • Comments or Questions
14erdude83


Nice TR     2010-10-20 16:32:56
what a beautiful day for climbing! looks like you guys had a blast.


Kzar


Great Mtn     2010-10-20 21:03:21
Nice pics and TR. Always enjoyed this climb, staying on the ridge and doing the class 4 route. I imagine that one class 4 section was a little hairy with ice/snow on it. Glad you made it down safely.


DScott49


Awesome!     2010-10-22 12:21:44
Congrats to you and your Son. I did this hike this Summer. The gulley was full of people when I did it, glad you got to miss that experience

Happy hiking! Dr. Dave


mtndude3737


Thanks for the comments!     2010-10-23 22:11:45
After 15 years of climbing, my first trip report. I think I will have to do it again sometime!

Eat and work to live, not the other way around, mountain brothers!



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