Peak:  Mt. Lindsey (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  sinyala1
 Date of Info:  09/25/2011
 Date Posted:  09/29/2011

Climbed Lindsey on Sunday, 9/25 under beautiful blue skies and warm conditions. The trail was dry, but the North Face and Northwest Ridge routes were snowy. I detoured to stay exactly on the crest of the Northwest Ridge instead of slightly left (on ascent) of the ridge where the normal routes go. I did this because the normal Northwest Ridge routes had lots of of snow, enough to make them more difficult. This allowed me to avoid almost all of the snow, but the climbing was harder. I would rate it as mostly easy 5th class except for a couple 5.4 hand traverses and about 10 feet of 5.5 at the steepest part. Staying on the crest made the ascent much faster, and I easily passed the climbers on the North Face. No snow climbing equipment was required. However, don't try it unless you're at least an intermediate rock climber comfortable with moderate 5th class climbing and high exposure.

-Chris Wilcox-

 Comments or Questions

09/30/2011 03:41
How much snow was there? Do you think that it melted off this week, since the forecast for this week was highs in the mid 40's and sunny?



Snow is probably on Lindsey to stay
09/30/2011 14:39
I would guess the snow will not melt this season. It was very warm last week, and all aspects except North were dry, but the North face had lots of snow and it didn't seem to be melting very quickly.

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