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Ascent to Gold Hill-half way on 2017-06-10

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Saturday, June 10, 2017
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Gold Hill - half way
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:11028 ft / 3361 m
    Remaining Elevation:1688 ft / 514 m (50% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Nine of our hiking club met at KTAO and carpooled to the ski valley. Three more (plus Freckles the dog) joined us later. Had a minor snafu on the way up. We crossed a log bridge (slippery and tricky) over the stream above the usual crossing because of high water.John decided to bushwhack up hill to the Long Canyon Trail instead of continuing on the trail. When the rest of us got there--no John. He apparently beat us to the spot, thought we were ahead and continued on. We worried he had fallen on the steep slope, so several headed back down to look for him. Eventually found him a mile or so ahead. We hit increasingly deeper snow drifts above 10,200 with slick slidy surfaces that were hard going. Some of us made it up to 11,000 feet (a few stopped bit lower). but no one wanted to plow ahead into the even deeper snow above.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1691 ft / 514 m
    Total Elevation Loss:93 ft / 27 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1662 ft / 506 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1598 ft / 487 m; Extra: 64 ft / 19m
    Loss on way in:64 ft / 19 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Start Trailhead:Ski Valley TH  9430 ft / 2874 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:29 ft / 8 m
    Gain on way out:29 ft / 8 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km



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