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Ascent of Mount Lindsey on 2017-07-25

Climber: Miles Raventon

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Lindsey
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14042 ft / 4280 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mount Lindsey is pretty fierce, but I mounted her. Attempted this same route in the summer of 2005 with a local simpleton named Adam. In dense fog we wound up on the east side of Iron Nipple in a boulder field and were unable to visually locate the Lindsey summit, thus we were forced to turn back resulting the first of two times I'd ever been forced to do so in over 30 various Fourteener attempts; the other being Shavano in 2006. This time 12 years later I was equipped with a much sturdier 4x4 truck for the forest road and a GPS map which is almost crucial for staying on the lightly-travelled trail. Lots of running water everywhere, got detoured above treeline and found myself doing some class 3+ climbing on the East face. Regained the trail after a goodly bit of exertion only to realize I was on a false summit before crossing over to the pinnacle. Enjoyed the sweeping views of the agricultural valleys below and was awestruck by the stunning size and overwhelming presence of Blanca Peak right next to Lindsey albeit higher and much more jagged and difficult to ascend. Luckily found my way all the way back to the trailhead/ campground in the dark without navigational tools other than memory and a flashlight. Only one other individual on the trail all day. Finest Fourteener I've climbed since 2006 in terms of total hiking/ scenery/ four-wheeling cumulative time, probably a top 10 favorite peak overall.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:3
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Damp
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:12 Hours 



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