A low snow year coupled with unseasonably warm weather meant we could make a running winter ascent of Santa Fe Baldy, 12,632'. We arrived at the Ski Santa Fe parking area just before 9:00am
Hitting the Winsor trail at 9:00am. Both Andy and Sarah had been up SF Baldy before but for Sarah it was in a white out so she was looking forward to the views
Entering the Pecos Wilderness at the top of Raven's Ridge
Crossing Nambe Creek
At Puerto Nambe in just over an hour
Some industrious hikers had put together an awesome igloo house in Puerto Nambe
Roomy enough for three inside and complete wtih roof beams
Almost tall enough to stand up inside
Looking back at Penitente and Lake Peak
On the ridge and heading towards the summit of Santa Fe Baldy. The right-most summit is the proper summit. Looks identical to conditions here exactly a year ago, http://bit.ly/dOEVhG
Nice looking chutes down below the summit
Andy may look happy but the cold wind soon inflicted a bit of suffering. But it was temporary and all was good.
Nearing the summit of Santa Fe Baldy in about 2.5 hours from the trailhead. It was quite windy for the last 800' vertical feet so we made quick time.
Truchas Peaks looking a bit thin but beautiful
Cruising on the descent. We were very happy to arrive here, out of the harsh, cold wind we encountered just over that ridge above us
Looking back up towards SF Baldy from Puerto Nambe on the descent. We made good time running almost all of the trail out from here and only encountering six people along the trail.
Andy and Nina motoring down the final stretch.
Sarah raises a triumphant arm upon arriving back at the vehicle. Also, note that we parked next to that same silver Subaru with gold rims a year ago, http://bit.ly/gTqiGe
The outing took us 4.5 hours. We covered 12.5 miles and 3,500' vertical of climbing. Good stuff.