Ascent of Mount Lindsey on 2017-07-25
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Tuesday, July 25, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
| Elevation:||14042 ft / 4280 m|
Ascent Trip ReportMount 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|
| 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|
| Time:||12 Hours |
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