Ascent of Sierra Blanca Peak on 2016-07-02

Climber: Dave Covill

Others in Party:Beckie Covill <4412>
Hilary & Julie Smith
Date:Saturday, July 2, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sierra Blanca Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:11973 ft / 3649 m

Ascent Trip Report

Used a little assistance.....

We had a choice of an $18 gondola ticket, or a $80 zip line ticket for the Wind Rider. This is America's highest and longest zip ride. Its a doozy !

We rode the gondola up with our zip ticket, hiked the peak, rode the gondola down, got all lined out for the zip ride, rode the gondola up again, then the zip line down. You get going about 65mph on it. Yep....

For Sierra Blanca, as always no negative signage, tons of signatures on the log books in the mailbox. Others on the peak that day. We spoke with Native and non-Native people at Ski Apache. Most just said " be respectful" or "ask permission if you can" etc.....

Took us about 1:40 up and 1:10 down gondola to SB to gondola. Clouds and fog and wind, but mild, about 48-55 on the mtn. Yes, score a burger at the yurt by the gondola top.

We were here and failed last October due to an early snow, with Ken & Karen Jones. We hiked all the way up, but conditions were icy near the top. Looking at it on Saturday, turns out we were within 150' of the summit.

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