Ascent of Black Mesa on 2002-09-21

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:About 100 highpointers from the OK convention
my 2nd time
Date:Saturday, September 21, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Mesa
    Elevation:4973 ft / 1515 m

Ascent Trip Report

Rose and I attended our first HP Convention, the 16th Annual High Pointers Convention, Black Mesa, OK, Sept 18-22,2002, held at Camp Billy Joe just outside of Kenton OK, population 50. Over 200 attended the event. This is my second visit to this HP.
We enjoyed the nearby attractions like Autograph Rock, Robbers Roost, Mt Capulin, Santa Fe Trail, etc. however our highlight was the club hike to the summit,with over 100 participants. All were surprised to see a 4 WD truck pull up from the NM side with gurus Jack Longacre and Paul Zumwalt and a huge watermelon. Everyone got to taste Jack's favorite HP treat. It was a party atmosphere, the highpoint is one huge flat mesa with a tall monument.
Park Ranger CD Perkins, the convention's key-note speaker, was there to supervise the party. We made new friends Kevin and Jenny Baker, Skip and Phyllis, Donna and Roger Panizzi.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:654 ft / 199 m
    Elevation Loss:654 ft / 199 m
    Distance:8.5 mi / 13.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:654 ft / 199 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:trail from NE parking, for my 2nd time
    Trailhead:kenton, ok -parking on NE side  4319 ft / 1316 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:654 ft / 199 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:trail from NE parking, for my 2nd time up
    Trailhead:kenton, ok -parking on NE side  4319 ft / 1316 m

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