Winter on Mt. Lindsey

Apparently Linnea and I did not get the memo about the winter storm in the mountains this weekend. On Saturday, we set out to climb Mt. Lindsey, a 14er in the Sangre de Cristo Range. We knew it was supposed to be windy but did not not hear much in regards to snow forecasts, besides some chance flurries. Our plan was simple, hike in part-way on Saturday evening, camp in the the trees to avoid the high winds, summit and hike out on Sunday. We took our skis to avoid post-holing and after a 3 mile skin in, we set up camp. Originally, we wanted to camp higher at 12,000′ above treeline but after hearing the massive wind gusts, that was out of the question. I didn’t get much sleep and frequently awoke to roaring gusts of wind that sounded like jet engines get louder and louder. I kept on having flash-backs to the windfall around Mt. Shavano and was nervous that the trees would start blowing down. Around 5a, when we were planning to start hiking, the winds were still going full steam, so we decided to give it some more time since the upper route had some exposure. By 6a, the winds started to die down, but then it started snowing. At 8a, the snow was really starting to pile up and visibility was gone. Having never climbed this route or mountain before, we decided to just pack it out and come back another day. I think that was the right call, because by the time we got back to the truck, there probably was close to a foot of snow. We were pretty far out on a small forest service/ranch road but were able to surf out okay on all the snow. It was quite fun, when you could see where the road was supposed to be. Our last obstacle of the trip was a closed highway due to high winds–what a surprise.

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2 thoughts on “Winter on Mt. Lindsey

  • April 15, 2013 at 12:39 pm
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    W0W–what a weekend! Sure glad you made right decisions! Really can’t believe all the snow, and what it must have been like taking down camp in it all! Liked the “before and after” picture of the truck. Love, MOm

    • April 15, 2013 at 8:13 pm
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      We were more surprised than anything. Luckily it wasn’t too cold. Winter is extended in Denver too as there is close to a foot of fresh snow in Golden now with more in the forecast for later Tuesday and Wednesday.

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