Mount Lindsey - 14047' - NW Ridge Class 3
Huerfano Peak - 13828' - Class 2
My Huerfano Peak Page on SP
This climb I did with Corey as he was really wanting to do a climb with me since his knee had just recovered. We loaded up my car and were off to the Huerfano Trailhead. We didn't get there until well after midnight so we didn't get much sleep before we started out before dawn. We managed to lose the trail a couple times in the dark but since I had been up this trail before I knew the way pretty good. The remnant snow on the steep climb up the side of the valley made for some horrible postholing so we tried to stay on open talus. We managed to avoid most of the snow but had to take a different route and ended up on a steep ridge to the climbers right of the main trail. We got to treeline though and from there it was easy to spot the trail. Heading up to the saddle was easy enough from here and we wanted to take the 4th class northwest ridge instead of the gully. This was mostly class 3 with only one move you might consider class 4 but regardless this route was solid and much more fun than the gully we descended which was complete with loose rocks and bullet proof ice. From the summit we saw Blanca Peak dominate the view. Corey waited at the saddle for me to traverse around to Huerfano Peak. I wasn't going to skip this one after I have already come here. This traverse wasn't more than class 2 but it was very windy and chilly and the summit wasn't all that exciting. When I returned to the saddle Corey had made a bunch of friends...that is chipmunks who were so used to people I could pick them up. The hike out was pretty although long and painful on the knees.