Ascent of Organ Needle on 2021-12-16

Climber: Sean C

Date:Thursday, December 16, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Organ Needle
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:8980 ft / 2737 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bradley R's excellent trip report & GPS is all you need. Wear long pants, consider long sleeves as well as you will brush against many prickly plants.

I stupidly tried to climb directly up the SW face, initially okay low-5th, but when I got within a pitch of the top I was forced to downclimb as the last ~10m looked at least 5.7 by the easiest route (a dirty crack). Didn't feel confident soloing this in hiking boots, I might have made it up, but could also have gotten stuck or fell & died. Could be a fun adventure route with a rope & pro, although there weren't that many placements.

After downclimbing I rejoined the regular route, but took a different earlier gully & ridge (3rd/4th) to the top, bypassing the rope section. Big US flag & strange military uniform (boots, bullet proof vest, helmet) on top, also (what I assume was a fake) gun...

Great views over the desert in all directions. Summit register was full, I signed a free corner of one of the pages & headed down, this time via the regular route. The "4th Class" roped section is not even a thing, I walked down it facing forwards without touching the rope (which looked bomber, should anyone need it).

Awesome summit!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3577 ft / 1090 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3577 ft / 1090 m
    Distance:7.8 mi / 12.6 km
    Start Trailhead:5403 ft / 1646 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Sean C
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