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Ascent of Bonita Peak on 2015-08-05

Climber: David Kensiski

Others in Party:John Lovett
Steve Goldsmith
Asa Goldsmith
Eric Kensiski
Zach Lovett
Kevin McLarty
James Peck
Nick Heyer
Date:Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bonita Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10600 ft / 3230 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day 4 of our Philmont trek finally brought us our first peak. This is a trail peak we hiked en-route from Crooked Creek Camp to Black Mountain Camp. The trail up from Porcupine to the saddle at 10,400 got pretty steep with full packs, but we persevered and made it through. The peak is tree covered, so there are no views, but a mound of rocks and signpost confirm that you have reached the summit.
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Troop 8 atop Bonita Peak (2015-08-05). Photo by David Kensiski.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1450 ft / 441 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1500 ft / 457 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1450 ft / 441 m
    Route:trail north out of Porcupine
    Start Trailhead:Crooked Creek Camp  9150 ft / 2788 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1500 ft / 457 m
    Route:trail
    End Trailhead:Black Mountain Camp  9100 ft / 2773 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Philmont (7 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Bonita Peak2015-08-051450 ft / 442 m
2Shaefers Peak2015-08-07 1714 ft / 218 m
3Tooth of Time2015-08-07 20 ft / 0 m
Total Trip Gain: 2164 ft / 660 m    Total Trip Loss: 4000 ft / 1219 m



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