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Ascent of Baldy Mountain on 2009-06-18

Climber: Michael Kelly

Others in Party:Jenny
Troop 232
Date:Thursday, June 18, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Baldy Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:12441 ft / 3792 m

Ascent Trip Report

After leaving Ponil (see Hart Peak trip report), crew 612-A hiked to Pueblano on Day 5, then through French Henry to Miranda on Day 6. On Day 7 we left Miranda just after dawn and hiked up through Black Horse Camp then joined the trail coming from Baldy Town up to the summit ridge. The top several hundred vertical feet of Baldy is basically loose scree. There is a clear trail, but it's slow going as you have to take care not to slip while climbing. After reaching the summit we took shelter behind one of the previously-built wind breaks, then made our way down the western face of the peak. We followed the ridge to the northwest through open meadows and wrapped around to the east, coming across several piles of snow amongst the trees. We took the heavily-switchbacked trail down to Copper Park, then followed the road south the Baldy Camp and then made our way back to Miranda. The total hike was about 17 miles.

Note that the 'extra elevation' consists mainly of the terrain covered on days 5 and 6.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6781 ft / 2066 m
    Total Elevation Loss:6781 ft / 2065 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6781 ft / 2066 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3681 ft / 1122 m; Extra: 3100 ft / 944m
    Loss on way in:3100 ft / 944 m
    Route:Philmont
    Start Trailhead:Miranda Camp  8760 ft / 2670 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3681 ft / 1121 m
    End Trailhead:Miranda Camp  8760 ft / 2670 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Philmont 612-A (10 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Hart Peak2009-06-151678 ft / 511 m
2Baldy Mountain2009-06-186781 ft / 2067 m
3Shaefers Peak2009-06-23 15884 ft / 1793 m
4Tooth of Time2009-06-23 2443 ft / 135 m
Total Trip Gain: 14786 ft / 4506 m    Total Trip Loss: 14843 ft / 4524 m



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