Ascent of Ladrones Benchmark on 2016-09-24

Climber: Thomas Denham

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, September 24, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Ladrones Benchmark
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:9210 ft / 2807 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove my car all the way up to 6500 ft. Surely the two guys in the truck I passed on the way up thought I was a lunatic - the road is pretty bad.
Once I left the dirt road and began following the arroyo, there is basically nothing even resembling a trail. There are lots of trees fallen across the arroyo, so following that was a nightmare. Had to keep climbing up to get around a log or some other clump of dead vegetation.
Eventually, I left the arroyo and climbed up to the saddle between the NW ridge and Peak 7885, followed by the climb up to the ridge itself. From this point, it's mostly a proper scramble, so progress was very slow. My view of the summit was continuously blocked by several rock pinnacles, so I was surprised when I reached the summit when I thought I was still quite a ways off. Definitely class 3, but nothing particularly dangerous. The hardest part was a bushwack/scramble combo around 8800 ft - though it was nice to see the miniature gambel oaks in their fall colors.
Route finding was more difficult on the way down...probably because I couldn't tell whether the edge of a rock was a gentle slope or several hundred foot drop.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2648 ft / 807 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Route:NW ridge
    Trailhead:6562 ft / 2000 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 20 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Thomas Denham
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