Ascent of Mount Lindsey on 2017-09-02

Climber: Bo Saunders

Others in Party:Jeff Skillings
John McGuire
Date:Saturday, September 2, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Lindsey
    Elevation:14042 ft / 4280 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove in late with John and Jeff. We had some Chipotle in Pueblo on the way down (good idea?). Hit the trail pretty early. It was a steep hike up to tree line. Once we hit the basin, we got some great views of Blanca and Ellingwood. The crux wall of Mount Lindsey looked pretty intimidating from down low. Once we got up on the ridge and the wall was closer, it didn't seem so bad. We skirted left into the rock gully. The guide books report loose rock (and there was plenty), but there was some solid rock to climb up. We had an awesome climb scrambling up different spots, picking our lines. It was perfect weather on the summit - could've hung out in a bathing suit and gotten a tan. We headed over to the saddle and Jeff and I scrambled up the Iron Nipple - which was a lot of fun and had some cool exposure near the top. Then it was on to Huerfano. We contemplated a short cut over the north side of Huerfano but it looked sketchy at best. I thought we could do it, but ultimately we opted to return over the standard route. This was absolutely the right call. Who knows what we could've encountered coming down the other side. We could've cliffed out. We likely would've had to bushwhack thru steep forest. And it wasn't that bad of a hike coming back down the way we'd come up. Lindsey was one of the funner scrambles I've done.
Start: 5:25am
Tree Line: 6:55am
Saddle: 8:22am
Summit Lindsey: 9:45am
Depart summit: 10:24am
Saddle: 11:05am
Summit Iron Nipple: 11:35am
Summit Huerfano: 12:20pm
Depart summit: 12:37pm
Saddle: 1:24pm
Tree Line: 2:04pm
Finish: 3:19pm
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4282 ft / 1305 m
    Elevation Loss:4282 ft / 1305 m
    Distance:10.5 mi / 16.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Great weather; had a big cloud form near Lindsey while we were on the summit that just hung around a
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4282 ft / 1305 m
    Extra Loss:900 ft / 274 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Northwest Ridge
    Trailhead:Upper Huerfano Trailhead  10660 ft / 3249 m
    Time Up:4 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3382 ft / 1031 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Northwest Ridge
    Trailhead:Upper Huerfano Trailhead  10660 ft / 3249 m
    Time Down:4 Hours 38 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Lindsey-Huerfano

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Lindsey2017-09-02
2Iron Nipple2017-09-02
3Huerfano Peak2017-09-02

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