Ascent of Organ Needle on 2001-03-31

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Saturday, March 31, 2001
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Organ Needle
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:8980 ft / 2737 m

Ascent Trip Report

With about a dozen others, led by Scott Holzhauser. It was mostly a New Mexico gang, but a few of us Arizonans caught wind of this hike and joined in.

The hike up was steep and tiring but nothing impossible. Once around the other side, we carefully picked our way to the proper gully and all of us climbed up the exposed section without ropes or belay. We spent about 30 minutes at the summit. It was a beautiful blue day.

Going down, I brought out my rope and harness and a few of us took advantage of this to get a belay for the downclimb. Once down the rocky parts, we all hiked out to the vehicles. It had been a long and tiring day.

Trip report
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4100 ft / 1249 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:Modoc Mine
    Trailhead:4880 ft / 1487 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:

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