Ascent to Sierra Blanca Peak- slope above saddle w Lookout M. on 2012-05-04
|Date:||Friday, May 4, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Unsuccessful - Turned Back|
|Point Reached:||Sierra Blanca Peak - slope above saddle w Lookout M.|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||11508 ft / 3507 m|
| Remaining Elevation:||465 ft / 142 m (59% left to go)|
Ascent Trip ReportI did Lookout Mt. only because the top was just a few feet off the trail ( I had already done it in 2003). My goal was Sierra Blanca, but it was not to be. It had been extremely windy all day, but when I hit the ridge line (mostly unprotected) north of Lookout Mountain the winds picked up substantially, and by the time I hit the saddle between Lookout and Sierra Blanca the winds were truly gale force--hard to stand up straight. I found myself tiring quickly. Probably that was aggravated by my arrival in New Mexico the day before from my county high pointing expedition in Midwestern flatlands. I persisted part way up the Blanca slope, but decided continuing was too dangerous, both because of the winds on the final scramble and because accidents happen when climbers are already tired. Maybe I can make it back this summer. In my experience winds are terrible on many high New Mexico peaks in the spring and settle down a bit as the weather gets hotter.
My statistics below are from the Lookout-SB saddle and then down.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||413 ft / 125 m|
| Distance:||2.5 mi / 4.1 km|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Bushwhack|
| Weather:||Extremely Windy|
| Elevation Gain:||323 ft / 98 m|
| Distance:||0.2 mi / 0.4 km|
| Trailhead:||Lookout-SB saddle 11185 ft / 3409 m|
| Time Up:||30 Minutes|
| Extra Gain:||90 ft / 27 m|
| Distance:||2.3 mi / 3.7 km|
| Time Down:||1 Hours |
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