Ascent of Black Mesa on 2009-10-30

Climber: Walter Blume

Date:Friday, October 30, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Black Mesa
    Elevation:4973 ft / 1515 m

Ascent Trip Report

Since I had to catch a plane in Oklahoma City later in day, I had to start very early to get to this high point. So awoke at 4 am to drive to trailhead for what turned out to be a 6:15 a.m start in total darkness, the moon having set about an hour earlier. It was difficult to be sure I was on the trail due to the darkness and the limited reach of my headlamp. I could see what looked like the summit against the stars, but the trail didn't seem to be going there. Luckily it was not raining/snowing or I would have had real difficulty. There are helpful arrows along the trail about every half mile or so, so once I convinced myself that they were indeed pointing along the correct trail I was able to relax, and, of course it gradually grew a bit less dark. Reached summit at approximately sunrise. Light snow on ground, temperature around 25 degrees, very nice highpoint.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:647 ft / 197 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.2 mi / 14.8 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:647 ft / 197 m
    Distance:4.9 mi / 7.9 km
    Start Trailhead:trailhead  4326 ft / 1318 m
    Time:1 Hours 57 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    End Trailhead:4973 ft / 1515 m
    Time:1 Hours 6 Minutes

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