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Ascent to Jicarita Peak-switchbacks above treeline on 2010-10-22

Climber: Ralph Baker

Date:Friday, October 22, 2010
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Jicarita Peak - switchbacks above treeline
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:12100 ft / 3688 m
    Remaining Elevation:735 ft / 224 m (30% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

First winter storm of the season hit the day before the hike so the entire trail had at least some snow on it. Thankfully the snow never got very deep even up high maybe 6 inches at most. The problem came when I started the switchbacks up to the ridgeline the clouds lowered, and with the snow and clouds merging I could not see much at all. I was already moving slow as it was and I was alone so I figured that I would turn back.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1700 ft / 519 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:Serpent Lake Trail
    Trailhead:Alamitos  10400 ft / 3169 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Drizzle, Cold, Breezy, White-out
visibility went down to less than 100ft
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 



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