Ascent to Steeple Rock-Base of summit rock on 2020-04-17

Climber: Vic Hanson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, April 17, 2020
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Motorcycle
Point Reached:Steeple Rock - Base of summit rock
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:6153 ft / 1875 m
    Remaining Elevation:106 ft / 32 m (4% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

I started just off Carlisle Road at a mine entrance (before reaching the starting point for Vanderbilt Peak), the sign at the locked gate said to call for permission to enter, which I did and got permission right away. (The phone numbers are on the sign, but I didn't have cell service there so had to call before I left Duncan). I also had service (Verizon) at the top of a hill about half way back on the road. Unfortunately I lost my cell phone at Steeple Rock so can't add any details about times, distance, GPS track, etc., or any pictures. After the summit of Mount Royal I went over to Steeple Rock to check on the route. I was told that there is an old chain ladder for the final summit climb but didn't see one anyplace so I must not have been at the normal route. I was on the west side and didn't see any way to reach the summit, no fixed protection either.

After spending about a half hour looking for my phone I returned to my starting point by a different route than my previous one, reaching my motorcycle at 6:40 pm. I think I started at about 11 am. I'm going back tomorrow to look for my phone again, I had just received a phone call a few minutes previous to realizing it was missing so have a general area to look in. If I find it I can fill in the details of the climb!

I went back and found my phone!
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Steeple Rock (2020-04-18). Photo by Vic Hanson.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2355 ft / 717 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1084 ft / 330 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2355 ft / 717 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1271 ft / 387 m; Extra: 1084 ft / 330m
    Loss on way in:1084 ft / 330 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Route:From Mount Royal
    Start Trailhead:Near Carlisle Rd.  4882 ft / 1488 m
    Time:3 Hours 57 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    End Trailhead:Carlisle Road  
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Vic Hanson
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