Ascent of Sierra Blanca Peak on 2018-01-19

Climber: Alex Lennon

Date:Friday, January 19, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sierra Blanca Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:11973 ft / 3649 m

Ascent Trip Report

It seems like there was much less snow than usual for this time of year, though there was still plenty starting about 1/2 mile up the trail til the top of the gondola on Lookout. I took the summer trail up, which proved to be fine. I elected not to bring snowshoes, and though they weren't necessary I could have used them getting up to Lookout. From there to the summit, all the snow was avoidable; I did bring crampons and an ice axe but never used them. Go figure! The view was excellent- White Sands was a treat to look at after having just gone the previous day. I think I could see Guadalupe and the Organ Mts too! Really nice peak and I'm glad the conditions were so favorable for a winter ascent.

The gondola was closed when I returned due to high wind. Got a nice boot ski in on the slopes and was still car-to-car in 4 hours!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2900 ft / 883 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Snow Climb
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2900 ft / 883 m
    Route:Trail 15>25>78>North Ridge
    Start Trailhead:9073 ft / 2765 m
Descent Statistics

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