Ascent of Buck Mountain on 2013-06-29

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 29, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Buck Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10769 ft / 3282 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked just off the ski area rd. at the gate for the access road up to the microwave equipment on top. The road goes all the way up but winds around in long switchbacks, so I bushwhacked across some of them on the way up and more on the way down. Except for one rock field the slopes are mostly open meadow, so the bushwhack is fairly easy..Nice views of Sierra Blanca and Lookout Mt. in one direction and the valleys in the other. I haven't been here since before last year's fire which did great damage. Will take a long time to recover. I hope to do Sierra Blanca tomorrow. Looks like there will be less shade than there used to be.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:772 ft / 234 m
    Total Elevation Loss:23 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:763 ft / 232 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 749 ft / 228 m; Extra: 14 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:14 ft / 4 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:road and bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Ski Area Rd.  10020 ft / 3054 m
    Time:36 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:9 ft / 2 m
    Gain on way out:9 ft / 2 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Time:22 Minutes

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