Ascent of Mount Phillips on 1995-07-07

Climber: Bill Symonds

Others in Party:group of 12 Boy Scouts
Date:Friday, July 7, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Phillips
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:11741 ft / 3578 m

Ascent Trip Report

This peak is near the Philmont Scout Range, and I climbed it from north to south with 12 fellow scouts Senior High School. The peak itself is not particularly challenging, but it was part of of a 11-day, 54 mile trek. We did not plan on camping at the summit, but lost the trail on the way up and were further slowed by thunderstorms, so we spent the night at the top and continued to the south the next day. Nice views from the top. My understanding is that the peak itself is public land and can be climbed from the west side without entering the scout camp.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:821 ft / 250 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1941 ft / 591 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.3 mi / 8.5 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:11 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
snow drifts several feet thick near summit
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:821 ft / 250 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Start Trailhead:Comanche Peak Campground  10920 ft / 3328 m
    Time:9 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1941 ft / 591 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    End Trailhead:Crooked Creek Campground  9800 ft / 2987 m
    Time:6 Hours 

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