Ascent of Blair Benchmark on 2020-02-25

Climber: Paul McClellan

Others in Party:Dave Kohnke
Kathy Marks
Tom Tutein
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Blair Benchmark
    Elevation:5757 ft / 1754 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a Southern Arizona Hiking Club climb led by Dave Kohnke and me. We drove in from US Hwy 70 starting on FR 600 following waypoints provided by the club. The road required 4WD with high clearance (I was glad to have my Jeep Rubicon). I can provide a GPS track of the drive in to those interested.

The climb up the NE Ridge from the road was direct to the summit cliffs, where we traversed to the climbers right to find easier access to the summit ridge and a short walk to the summit. There is a summit register near the benchmark.

It is curious that our three GPS units all reported a gain of about 1250 feet, but that seems impossible given the route. Perhaps traversing below the summit cliffs distorted the GPS data.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:622 ft / 189 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:NE Ridge
    Trailhead:Road  5135 ft / 1565 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Paul McClellan
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