Peak:  Mt. Lindsey (14er)
 Route:  North Face
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  RJansen77
 Date of Info:  04/22/2012
 Date Posted:  04/22/2012

Gregory_fischer, SurfNTurf, mainiac24 and myself summited Lindsey today via the standard gully. I've just posted a trailhead update under the trailhead status page and should have a TR with photos up tomorrow night.

Below treeline: The trail starts out dry but crosses large snow drifts that increase in frequency as you climb. When you enter the trees after the large meadow the snow becomes continuous, and even after an overnight freeze we postholed to our waists. Snowshoes are required in the trees, especially in the afternoon. The trail is difficult to follow because it's buried, but at present a snowshoe track exists that shouldn't be too difficult to follow.

Above treeline: In the basin below the Iron Nipple / Lindsey saddle, snow is abundant and afternoon postholing will likely be an issue unless you have cloud cover and/or wind to cool the snowpack. I would resist the temptation to stash snowshoes at treeline right now and opt to carry them further. There are some slopes that can be glissaded.

In the standard gully: Good climbing snow to the top of the gully, but mixed class 3 climbing (thin layer of snow over rock slabs/scree) make for a somewhat challenging ascent and tedious descent. The North Couloir looked full but it was still bullet-proof at 12pm, so we didn't descend it even though we wanted to. The class 4 ridge looked to have a bit of snow, but we weren't close enough to get the best ideas on it's current condition. Feel free to PM me with any questions!

 Comments or Questions

04/23/2012 21:42
but I'm kicking myself for not going.

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