Ascent of Vics Peak on 2013-06-16

Climber: Rob Anthony

Others in Party:Dave Parmalee
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 16, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:Vics Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10252 ft / 3124 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started out at Springtime Campground and then headed South for about 3 miles on FR 225. Veered West onto an abandoned mining road. Left the road around Turkey Springs which was still flowing enough despite our multiyear drought for the dog to drink out of a roll around in. It could probably be used as a water source, but would definitely need to be filtered.

From here we began scrambling straight up the southeast scree slope. About 500ft shy of the summit, the slope steepens and the terrain becomes cliffy with several valleys between walls of cliffs. The first "Valley" we tried was too much class 3 climbing for the dog to handle, so we descended a few hundred feet and tried the next one to the right. This was mostly class 2 scrambling with a short, easy class 3 section. We made it to the shallower upper slopes of the peak before it started thundering and hailing. After hiding out for about half an hour for the storm to pass, we easily made the summit.

The summit is marked by a gigantic cairn and a Benchmark. Fantastic views are had at the summit of the entire Apache Kid Wilderness (West Blue, San Mateo Peak).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3252 ft / 991 m
    Total Elevation Loss:400 ft / 121 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3-
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Raining, Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3252 ft / 991 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2852 ft / 869 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Loss on way in:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:Southeast Face
    Start Trailhead:Springtime Campground  7400 ft / 2255 m
    Time:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: South Apache Kid (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Vics Peak2013-06-163252 ft / 991 m
2San Mateo Mountain2013-06-161652 ft / 504 m
Total Trip Gain: 4904 ft / 1495 m    Total Trip Loss: 4904 ft / 1495 m

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