- Date Hiked: April 13, 2012
- Miles Hiked: 4.0
- Elevation Gain: 3,400'
- Hiking Partner(s): John Balciar & Kevin Smith
- Routes: WI3 & Moderate Snow
- Inspired by recent reports from George Barnes, John, Kevin, and I
decided to attempt our own "Colorado Triathlon". This event was to
contain ice climbing, rock climbing, and mountain biking. We ended
up adding some snow climbing/mountaineering/peak bagging for good
measure. We started at 6:00 am at the Montgomery Reservoir.
We first climbed two pitches of ice up the Lincoln Falls gully at the
base of Mount Lincoln. After clearing the ice, we stashed the
ropes and rack and started hiking up the Lincoln Amphitheater towards
Mount Lincoln. We gained only a few hundred feet when I spied a
continuous snow line on the east face of Mount Lincoln. Both John
and Kevin agreed that it might go, so we continued up the valley to the
base of the snow climb and decided to give it a shot.
- The snow was in great condition and the couloir was extremely fun
climbing. The direct route to the summit was moderately steep with
three constrictions that were easily climbed. After 800'-1,000' of
snow climbing, we were deposited on Mount Lincoln's east ridge/shoulder
with approximately 800' yet to climb to the top. We finished the
hike and then took an easier descent route on the south side of the east
face back to the base of the amphitheater. We gathered our gear
and finished the hike out to the vehicle. We had lunch and quickly
prepared for part 2 of the triathlon.
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