|Peak:||Mt. Lindsey (14er)|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Info:||11/04/2012|
Went up Mt. Lindsey with a couple guys yesterday. Beautiful day (particularly for Nov. 4th) and we didn't see another person on the trail. On the way up to the basin below the Iron Nipple saddle, we hit some patches of icy snowpack (mainly in the shaded forest areas) that were unavoidable. They were a little sketchy to walk up, but not bad because there wasn't any danger of a serious fall. I didn't wear any traction device on the way up, but put them on for the trip down (tired legs and downhill hiking make it much easier to slip).
In the basin and up to the beginning of the traverse over to the North Face gully (and Northwest Ridge), there was only patches of easily avoidable snow on the trail. Two of us took the gully and the other guy climbed the ridge. The ridge was bone-dry, but the gully had some packed snow and ice. It was easy to avoid some of the snow and ice by staying on the steeper rock, but other areas required us to climb the snow. I was glad to have my microspikes in the gully, but my climbing partner didn't put his on (though he contemplated a couple times). Once we were out of the gully, there wasn't any snow on the summit ridge. It was comforting having my spikes on the way down as well.