23 Jun 2001 - by Steve Bonowski
CMC's climb of Culebra Peak (14,047') took place Saturday
under bright & sunny skies. After assembly at the Culebra
Ranch HQ, the group took off at 6:15 AM following the old road
uphill to Four Way and then continuing on to the old parking
area at treeline. From treeline, the designated route follows the
old road & path directly east and gains the ridgeline at about
12,500'. The climbing route then follows the ridgeline past
the giant cairn all the way to the summit. As expected, the
biggest technical difficulty on the ridge was trying not to
step on the wildflowers as they grow even in the path. There
was no snow except on the east side, which added to the beauty
of the climb, as did the flowers & scenic vistas. For several
persons in the group, this was their 54th & final 14er,
which made it an especially special day for us all.
Weather generally was cooperative and the group returned to
Ranch HQ at 5:15 PM. The day's work entailed 13 miles round
trip and with ups & downs on the ridge line, about 5,200' or
5,300' of vertical gain. Doing Culebra in this manner offers
a good test of one's conditioning program, as Gerry Roach might
say. Many of us enjoyed "apres climb" at Emma's Hacienda in
San Luis, which continues to be recommended for such.
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