Ascent of Benson Ridge on 2012-05-03

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Thursday, May 3, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Benson Ridge
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:9680 ft / 2950 m

Ascent Trip Report

Peakbagger and Lists of John differ on their choice of the Sacramento Mountains high point, and consequently which peak they give a P2K designation to. The difference is based on the decision to use clean prominence on Peakbagger and average on LOJ. The Benson Ridge hp is in a contour on the topo map of between 9680 and 9720. Peakbagger lists it at 9680; LOJ at 9700. The other candidate has a surveyed height of 9695. An easy way for a climber to resolve the dilemma is to do both--they are close to each other and they both involve minimal actual climbs from the closest road access.

For Benson Ridge I took Benson Ridge Rd. off 63 to a spot only 0.19 mi. from the hp coordinates.It took me all of 7 minutes up to the cairn and jar with a sign in booklet (but I forgot my pen!)
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:122 ft / 37 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:122 ft / 37 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.4 km
    Trailhead:9558 ft / 2913 m
    Time Up:7 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.4 km
    Time Down:8 Minutes

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