Peak:  Mt. Lindsey (14er)
 Route:  North Face
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  Neil
 Date of Info:  06/17/2012
 Date Posted:  06/17/2012

Aside from 10 meaningless feet near the Iron Nipple/Lindsey saddle (see photo 1), this route is snow-free until the North Face gully. In photo 2, you can see the small patch of packed, slick snow in the North Face gully at approximately 13,400 ft. Avoid this snow by ascending Class 2+/3 rock to the right. Besides, this rock is much more solid than that in the center of the gully.

Photo 3 shows smaller, but more consequential, patches of snow and ice just beyond the top of the first gully at approximately 13,700 ft. Although this is the best photo I have, it does not properly convey the scale, steepness, exposure, or the snow conditions. The snow is hard packed and icy in places, and a slip would cause noteworthy injury at best. However, this very brief problem is easily avoided by ascending either the rock rib between patches or the rock to the right of the larger patch. While the climbing is Class 3/4, it is very short and, if you look for it, on more solid rock. These two snow patches look to be melted out in a few weeks.

For the enitre length of the North Face gully, if you are comfortable with Class 3/4 scrambling, look for solid rock to the right of the broken, loose trails.

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3

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