|Peak:||Mt. Lindsey (14er)|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Information:||09/25/2011|
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.