Ascent of Sierra Blanca Peak on 2013-09-08
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, September 8, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Sierra Blanca Peak|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||11973 ft / 3649 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAfter two failed attempts (one because of wind, a second because of full-blown thunderstorms), I finally started early enough (about 7 AM MDT) to summit. Even starting this early, there was much more wind than predicted (only in places which unfortunately included the summit), and by the time I summitted, the sky was almost completely overcast with threatening clouds.
With regards to the route, once one reaches the sharp ridge at a little over 11,600' there is a faint use trail on the west side of the ridge that is helpful getting across the sharp part. Once across, the ridge is easily climbed (class 2) to obtain the summit.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2293 ft / 698 m|
| Extra Gain:||80 ft / 24 m|
| Distance:||5.8 mi / 9.3 km|
| Route:||North ridge|
| Trailhead:||Apache Ski entrance 9840 ft / 2999 m|
| Quality:||2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Open Country|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Time Up:||2 Hours 15 Minutes|
| Time Down:||1 Hours 15 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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