Ascent of Santa Fe Baldy on 2017-07-19

Climber: Miles Raventon

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Santa Fe Baldy
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:12622 ft / 3847 m

Ascent Trip Report

Probably should've started a couple hours earlier to avoid another tail end descent into darkness. Lost the trail where the wooden footbridge crosses the black lines on the topographic map but another hiker from Dallas made the same mistake earlier and together we doubled back to the correct path. University student; I guessed U. of North Texas in Denton but it was actually UT-Austin. He ducked out before we even got to treeline. Baldy looms ominously above the valley much sooner than though. Saw a half-dozen furry marmots. Ran out of water at the summit, found a snowfield for probably the first time ever in July anywhere in New Mexico and packed the snow into in the camelback to melt and furnish water which it very slowly did. Also drank out of a stream very sparringly as you're not supposed to do that but who cares? Stream tasted exactly like snowmelt, probably got a goodly amount of silt and detritus to swallow as well judging from the contents of the camelback water bladder post-hike. Exhausted to point of collapse at the terminus of the 13 mile day trip.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:14 Hours 

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