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JustDSMSlippery Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2011

JustDSM

Got off work early today and decided to bag a peak I've been meaning to climb forever since it's in my back yard per-say.

We just had a recent cold front with (for Las Cruces) a good bit of snow. It's been a few days since the cold weather has been around so I figured it was time to bag a peak.

I drove out to the area just North of the peak and made my ascent from the their. I took a North/Northwestern approach. Quite a steep slope as you approach the summit. The scree/talus were covered in snow/ice and about halfway up I started to wish I had a ice axe to arrest a fall I felt was sure to come. No issues, but it was tricky getting solid footing. My German Shepherd on the other had made me look like a rock trying to roll up-hill. But she's part mountain goat.. Micro-spikes might have been a good call too with the conditions present.

Awesome views and rewarding climb.
Posted Dec 28, 2011 9:00 pm

twillyDidnt know there was a trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 22, 2008

twilly

Climbed this one with two friends. We summited in 20 minutes. Lots of cacti. When we got to the top we realized there was a trail. Oh well it was better going off trail anyways
Posted Aug 17, 2011 10:47 pm

rayrayDark descent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2007

rayray

Decided on a whim to do this peak and had a blast! Ascended via the steep north face and saw a beautiful sunset from the summit. Magnificent views of Las Cruces and the surrounding area. Descended the south slope, circling around to the east. Was pitch dark prior to finishing...good thing I brought a headlamp just in case.
Posted Oct 8, 2007 12:28 am

kelsterVery Rewarding  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2007

kelster

There were a lot of rocks on the way up and they slid from under my feet. There was also a bit of scrambling near the summit. I got to the summit in one piece though. When I arrived at the top, it was sunset and it was getting a little cold. There were great views of Las Cruces, the Rio Grande, and the surrounding mountains. I finished the hike in the dark.
Posted Oct 8, 2007 12:18 am

lizrdboySteep and Loose  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2007

lizrdboy

I intended to climb Dona Ana with my girlfriends two Yorkies. We started up the wrong peak though and were almost at the top by the time I figured out my mistake. The pups were real troopers, scrambling up rocks and around cacti, but they didn't have two climbs in them. So I left them in the car (windows down) and bagged Dona Ana. The top was covered with talus and steep rock - the Yorkies would not have made it I don't think - but I did. It was a fantastic summit - like many other pointy desert peaks in the area.
Posted Sep 29, 2007 10:17 pm

weeds19Nice morning hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2007

weeds19

My sister was in town and wanted to go on a morning hike, so we drove out to the back of the Dona Anas and took the short hike to the peak. What a wonderful view for the amount of effort that was invested!
Posted Aug 7, 2007 7:47 pm

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