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Ascent of South Sandia Peak in 2005-06

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Ben Musser
Date:June, 2005
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Sandia Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:9782 ft / 2981 m

Ascent Trip Report

Took Ben on his first backpacking trip when he turned 14. Left from the desert using the Pino Trail and camped just below the ridge. We were forced to set the tent on the side of the mountain due to a sudden late afternoon thunderstorm. That turned out to be the most awkward night sleeping on a slope with our sleeping bags sliding down all night long. The second day we obtained the ridge line and summited and scrambled around several sub peaks along the ridge line.


Total Gain:
TH to Peak 1 = 6170 - 9579 = 3409
Saddle to Peak 2 = 9341
Saddle to Peak 3 = 9563
Saddle to South Sandia Peak 9580

Extra Gain = 500
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4112 ft / 1253 m
    Total Elevation Loss:500 ft / 152 m
    Round-Trip Distance:17 mi / 27.4 km
    Grade/Class:class 1,2 2+ and 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:very hot sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4112 ft / 1253 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3612 ft / 1101 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Loss on way in:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:Pino Trail and So. Crest tr.
    Start Trailhead:6170 ft / 1880 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    End Trailhead:9782 ft / 2981 m



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