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Ascent of Organ Needle on 2021-05-29

Climber: Spencer Estey

Date:Saturday, May 29, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Organ Needle
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:8980 ft / 2737 m

Ascent Trip Report

Late May was a difficult time for this climb. I struggled on the way down due to the heat (35 C) and route-finding. There is a trail and rock piles/ribbons but the trail quality is inconsistent and I often found myself off the trail and needed to backtrack or bushwack to where I thought the trail was. There are enough tracks created by other confused climbers that more route indicators would be helpful, or bring a GPS. This was potentially dangerous in some spots when descending. I brought 5 L of water and that was not enough.

There is only one short techical-ish portion, just below the summit. The hike gains a lot of elevation in a short distance and the only basic hiking portion is at the start. Panoramic views into Mexico, Texas, and the rest of New Mexico at the top, as it is the highest point in the area.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4399 ft / 1339 m
    Total Elevation Loss:820 ft / 248 m
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Very hot and dry
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3907 ft / 1190 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3579 ft / 1091 m; Extra: 328 ft / 99m
    Loss on way in:328 ft / 99 m
    Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Start Trailhead:La Cueva Picnic Area  5401 ft / 1646 m
    Time:4 Hours 22 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:492 ft / 149 m
    Gain on way out:492 ft / 149 m
    Time:5 Hours 30 Minutes



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