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sbkelleyRoute Climbed: Guadalupe Peak Trail Date Climbed: January 17, 2004  Sucess!


My seventh time up this one happened to also be the snowiest! Unfortunately, that stopped any chance of climbing El Capitan this year, like I did in 2003. The weather did everything this weekend except for blue skies and sunshine, but it was still a great time. Tanya Musgrave was with me, and she summitted this peak for the first time - her first state high point! I swear, this park is like a drug...I just having to come back for more.
Posted Jan 22, 2004 2:04 pm

grandwazooRoute Climbed: GP Trail Date Climbed: June 1990  Sucess!


Was Driving from New York to California and decided to swing by off of Route 10. had perfect weather with great views. Wish I could have spent more time in the area.
Posted Dec 30, 2003 8:06 am

Day HikerRoute Climbed: Guadalupe Peak Trail Date Climbed: 19 and 26 February 2000  Sucess!

Day Hiker

This trail was one good thing about living in Odessa, Texas for a few months. It was nice hiking to 8749 feet in February with light clothing.
Posted Dec 28, 2003 2:19 am

flechenbonesRoute Climbed: GP trail Date Climbed: March 1992  Sucess!


Nice overnight backpack trip with two friends. Very windy near the top. There are a couple of cleared tent sites with stone windbreaks that are most of the way up.

The peak was underwater during the Permian Period (245-286 million years ago) as the Guadalupe Mtns are part of the the largest exposed fossil reef in the world. Foraminifera fossils can be seen on the trail high up.

Carlsbad Caverns and Hueco Tanks are nearby and make the region worth a visit.
Posted Aug 25, 2003 11:20 pm

surgentRoute Climbed: Guad Peak Trail Date Climbed: July 25, 1993  Sucess!


Started up at dawn in July - by the time I got back down (10 am) it was over 100 F. Awesome hike. Saw about 2 dozen deer along the way.
Posted Aug 23, 2003 10:31 am

climber46Route Climbed: Guadalupe Peak Trail Date Climbed: May 10, 2003  Sucess!


My sister and I camped at the campground in a tent the night before. The strong wind kept us awake most of the night. We almost decided not to climb because of the wind. But then we decided to go for it. That was a good decision because the wind was not as bad higher up. I believe that valley is a wind tunnel. My sister and I enjoyed the awesome desert views and the blooming cactuses. I must say this was one of the funnest hikes I have ever done. My sister and I had the summit mostly to ourselves and we ate lunch and took a short snooze. We also saw some interesting rocks (probably gypsum or calcite) and saw six lizards but no rattlesnakes. It was my 14th state highpoint and my sister's second.
Posted May 26, 2003 8:17 pm

big_gRoute Climbed: normal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 18, 2003


Nice little 4 hr hike on my way to Carlsbad. Well worth the stop.
Posted Apr 24, 2003 8:01 pm

txmountaineerRoute Climbed: East Slope Date Climbed: December 29, 2002  Sucess!


My first highpoint hike, and it just happened to be in my home state of Texas. :) Great day, and I was the first on the summit. See trip report.

HP #1

Daniel Smith - Ft. Worth, TX
Posted Mar 6, 2003 1:02 pm

cruzitDate Climbed: February 2000  Sucess!


Beautiful climb. The weather was splendid, temperatures in the low 70s. There was a little ice on the trail, but not too scary.
Posted Jan 15, 2003 11:11 am

sixsigmafoolRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: January 11, 2003  Sucess!
Nothing but sun! Great day with just enough of a breeze to cool you during the climb, and a few gusts to remind you of its reputation. Very little snow and ice on a well-marked trail. Heavy boots are not required until the next snowfall. Visibility was great, and there were few others on the trail. Would like to return often, but it's in the middle on nowhere! Summit in 1hr 53 mins, round trip in 3hrs 54 mins.
Posted Jan 12, 2003 5:59 pm

dsnellRoute Climbed: Guadalupe Peak Trail Date Climbed: June 1998  Sucess!


I climbed GP on perhaps the hottest day of the year. Nevertheless, it was actually a pleasant hike, as things cooled down the higher we got. We just made sure to take a lot of gatorade, water, and bananas. I especially enjoyed the amazing contrasts: pine trees and views of the searing sonoran desert landscape below.
Posted Dec 18, 2002 10:04 pm

Alan EllisRoute Climbed: Guadelupe Peak Trail Date Climbed: February 2000  Sucess!

Alan Ellis

Nice climb in perfect weather. The kids enjoyed it too!
Posted Aug 26, 2002 8:02 am

tedde1Route Climbed: standard Date Climbed: March 2000  Sucess!
camped at the base, nice hike carried three year old daughter up. Temp around freezing at the top 30-40 mph wind. Clear great views. An interesting and worthwhile climb.
Posted Mar 27, 2002 1:23 pm

Paul BurkholderRoute Climbed: Pine Springs Trail Date Climbed: 12/2000  Sucess!

Paul Burkholder

Very windy night in the tent at the campground near the trailhead. It was still quite windy at dawn when I left but the wind lessened quickly and was just a nice breeze when I arrived at the top mid-morning. Great views, especially the back side of El Capitan. Neat walk on easy trail. A little ice in shaded areas near the top (It was very close to Christmas). I didn't see another person until I started down. I recommend the drive south from the park. Very few people, big views and some stunning cliffs to the west.
Posted Jan 8, 2002 3:31 pm

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