Peak:  Mt. Lindsey (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  Marshall
 Date of Info:  08/15/2020
 Date Posted:  08/15/2020

Did Lindsey, Iron Nipple, and Huerfano Peak (UN 13,828). Road up was a little rough, but my AWD 2005 CRV made it fine. Trail is pretty obvious and in good shape up through the basin. It gets a bit loose at the top of the ridge before the saddle, but it's really fine. Now the fun stuff! I climbed the crux wall several times. See my comment below for thoughts on the crux. Bring a helmet and go earlier if you want to avoid others kicking rocks at you. Hike over the nipple to Huerfano was relatively simple.

Comments or Questions
Thoughts on the crux wall
08/15/2020 21:28
Stay completely on the ridge the whole time if you want lots of exposure with less technicality. There is solid rock here and you will not be kicking rubble onto others. I stayed entirely on the ridge from the turn to the gully and went over one particularly exposed knifeĆ¢‚¬„¢s edge that was pretty fun. Staying in the large crack just left of center in pic 8 is another good option. You can make this more technical by climbing just right of the crack and veering right towards the top to go directly over the top. Follow the smaller crack near the top that forms the right side on a Y with the large crack. Alternatively, following the middle path shown in pic 8 is solid, less technical, and feels pretty safe. Be careful when in the crack! There are lots of loose rocks here, and people were taking turns going up and down so as to not dislodge rocks onto others (it still happened). Staying on the solid rock and not in the crack itself solves this issue. The purple path in pic 8 is definitely easier, but it forces you to walk through more loose junk on the way to it. I downclimbed purple several times and was able to avoid kicking rocks too far down. Some people on the summit with their dog said there is a good path through the gully if you stay on the rocks to the left.

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