Ascent of Black Mountain on 2012-07-05

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, July 5, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:11302 ft / 3444 m

Ascent Trip Report

I took FR485 next to the ski area (past the Arrowhead Lodge) up to an ATV track to my left just below 9300 feet. The ATV track dead ends in a couple of hundred yards.There are elements of a use trail to the left, but mostly it's just bushwhack. Quite steep most of the way (2000 feet elevation gain in 1.6 mi. e.g.average grade of about 25%). Lots of downed trees as well. Not a leisurely ascent.

I heard nearby thunder when I was at about 10900. I should have turned around but it's hard not to finish an ascent when you're close. The rain started about the time I hit the top, and it turned into a cloudburst about 10 minutes after I started down. With that much rain on a very steep slope the downed trees and rocks seemed like they were all ice covered. Several falls and slips left me with a variety of bruises. I felt lucky to get down in one piece. A lesson perhaps?
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2037 ft / 620 m
    Total Elevation Loss:14 ft / 4 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.1 mi / 4.9 km
    Route Conditions:
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2023 ft / 616 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Start Trailhead:FR485  9279 ft / 2828 m
    Time:1 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:14 ft / 4 m
    Gain on way out:14 ft / 4 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Time:1 Hours 39 Minutes

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