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Cabezon Peak

Sat, 2023-04-08
Evan Rose
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Not allowed

   This annual outing offers an opportunity to climb iconic Cabezon Peak.  The description below is the same as for 2022.

   Cabezon Peak towers 2000 feet above the Rio Puerco Valley.  This volcanic plug is the remnant of the core of a volcano - like Shiprock.  Appearing impregnable, Cabezon can nonetheless be ascended by the intrepid mountaineer who follows the hidden route that wends its way through a crack in the plug's defenses.  Said mountaineer must be able to execute a couple of low fourth class maneuvers in pursuit of the summit.

   The prepared person will bring hiking shoes, gloves, jacket, hat, sunscreen, water & lunch.  A climbing helmet will protect from falling rocks.  Helmets can be borrowed from the club.  Hand lines will be provided for the tricky places.

   Read here for information about the Rio Puerco volcanic plugs

   Watch Evan's video here “Exploring a Few New Mexico Volcanic Plugs” for a tour

   Los Alamos Mountaineers members who would like to participate should contact Evan.  We will depart Sullivan Field at 8 AM and drive ninety miles (about two hours) on NM 4, US 550 and NM 279.  Navigating the last mile of dirt road can be done with an SUV or a Subaru-type vehicle.

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Photo was provided by Joy Green.

This photo shows the descent of the more difficult of the low fourth class sections.  Note the blue rope that aids the ascent and the descent of this section.

This trip is full.

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