Ascent of Sierra Blanca Peak on 2016-10-14

Climber: Thomas Denham

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, October 14, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sierra Blanca Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:11973 ft / 3649 m

Ascent Trip Report

Camped at Skyline Campground the night before. Intended to watch the sunrise from the summit, so I started hiking at 5 AM. Heard what I thought were bears, but they could have been deer. Made it to the narrow ridge between the saddle and the summit by sunrise (around 7 AM). Absolutely freezing at the top. Signed the logbook and got the hell out of there. Still beats the weather I had on my first attempt last month. This time you could actually see more than 50 feet in front of you and the winds were not quite as brutal. From the car to the top and back in 4 hours 45 minutes. Nice to finally have this peak done.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2134 ft / 650 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.4 mi / 15.1 km
    Route:Scenic, Crest, and Lookout Mountain Trails
    Trailhead:Scenic Trailhead  9839 ft / 2998 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 17 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Thomas Denham
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