Ascent of Black Mountain on 2012-07-05
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Thursday, July 5, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||11302 ft / 3444 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI took FR485 next to the ski area (past the Arrowhead Lodge) up to an ATV track to my left just below 9300 feet. The ATV track dead ends in a couple of hundred yards.There are elements of a use trail to the left, but mostly it's just bushwhack. Quite steep most of the way (2000 feet elevation gain in 1.6 mi. e.g.average grade of about 25%). Lots of downed trees as well. Not a leisurely ascent.
I heard nearby thunder when I was at about 10900. I should have turned around but it's hard not to finish an ascent when you're close. The rain started about the time I hit the top, and it turned into a cloudburst about 10 minutes after I started down. With that much rain on a very steep slope the downed trees and rocks seemed like they were all ice covered. Several falls and slips left me with a variety of bruises. I felt lucky to get down in one piece. A lesson perhaps?
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2037 ft / 620 m|
| Distance:||3.1 mi / 4.9 km|
| Route Conditions:||Bushwhack|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Elevation Gain:||2023 ft / 616 m|
| Distance:||1.7 mi / 2.7 km|
| Trailhead:||FR485 9279 ft / 2828 m|
| Time Up:||1 Hours 55 Minutes|
| Extra Gain:||14 ft / 4 m|
| Distance:||1.4 mi / 2.2 km|
| Time Down:||1 Hours 39 Minutes|
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