For the crazy adventurer, I highly recommend the bushwhack adventure to El Cap.
Climbed this solo, not prepared for the sheets of ice at the top! There was one drop off/cliff/corner part where I actually thought I was going to die... but didn't! It was a very fun climb. Left a little too late in the day and ended up descending in the dark. It all turned out well.
We got lucky with a beautiful day, temps in the 50's with very little wind.
This was an amazing hike with two of my kids. It was my 12th high point and the 11th and 7th high point for my son and daughter respectively. This is my favorite high point so far!
Captain Jennifer M. Foy
May 29, 1980 - December 17, 2016
Two weeks before this trip, I received news that an OCS classmate had been killed in cowardly act of domestic violence. The perpetrator, an ex boyfriend and fellow soldier, then turned the gun on himself. It was a shock and a tragedy. She was always positive, and she uplifted those around her. During the hardest times of Officer Candidate School her strength and fun attitude helped all of us get through. Her funeral was the day before we climbed. I climbed to honor her memory and to raise awareness of domestic violence. I paid my respects for her on the summit by writing a short note in the summit register before we descended. Rest in peace, Jen.
Guadalupe was quite something, very doable but kicked our butts. We started out in the late morning and it was quite warm. We huffed and puffed all the way up a million rocks and switchbacks to that dang false summit, and I kept trying to tell my hiking partner that I didn't think that was the top because I had read about a false summit, but it was like a mirage in the desert to him and he was pretty bummed out when he saw that it really wasn't the summit. Knowing how long the trail is in your head and knowing how long it is in your feet are two very different things! When we finally reached the summit, it was very windy and the clothing that we had on that was appropriate for the rest of the trail was not doing us any favors at the top. The day was sunny and the view was gorgeous though, definitely worth the work! I wish we would have had hiking poles for the hike down, but we made it down without them and then treated ourselves to some ice cream in Carlsbad.
This is my first time doing a hike of this length and prominence. It was really new and exciting for me. Will definitely do more.
Also did El Capitan
Camped at Pine Springs the night before, then woke at sunrise and started up the mountain around 7 am. Despite an unseemly number of picture-breaks (these hills are so different from any mountains I've seen before), I arrived at the summit three hours later. Lingered for a while to bask in the view, then hiked down again, arriving at the trailhead shortly after noon. I passed a surprising number of groups on the way up... why hike through the afternoon heat if you can avoid it?
Beautiful sunrise on Guadalupe. Started walking from Pine Springs Campground at 5:15 am and made it to the summit at 7:55. Nice cool temperature and a refreshing breeze made it perfect climb. Lots of wildlife too. My 16th state high point (5th in the last 6 days), and Chris's 6th. Started in Idaho Falls Friday and drove to Nebraska. Stopped in Kansas at Mt. Sunflower on Saturday and did Black Mesa in Oklahoma later that day. Spent a rest day in Taos New Mexico and climbed Mt. Wheeler on Monday. Tuesday spent at Carlsbad caverns and drove to Texas early Wednesday (today). Back to Taos this evening. What a fun road trip.
An easy but busy peak. I wanted to climb El Cap on the way dow but the wind was quite strong and I was getting cold so didn't do it.
Awesome hike, crazy wind!!
Very windy up top... bring a layer
Bagging state high points encourages me to visit places I wouldn't normally visit otherwise. A nice way to spend a half of day in the Lone Star state.
We started hiking around 4pm after paying at the visitor's center and filling up our water containers and using the bathroom. We carried our camping gear up to the campsite on the mountain on Thursday night. We had a rough morning trying to find old charging equipment for an obsolete camera to no avail, so we got a late start and made it to the campgrounds after dark. We spent the night on the cold, windy side, but the view was incredible. We finished the rest of the peak Friday morning, but I had to hold my friend's hand, as she's actually afraid of heights and cliffs. We made it to the top with a dead phone, so a fellow hiker (but stranger, nonetheless) snapped our photo with his camera. I passed him my email address on a small piece of paper torn out of the hiker's log, which he put into his pocket, but I'm quite sure he lost it or forgot, because I never received an email from him. He was very kind - a man on a journey to conquer all 50 states' peaks. I brought a small amount of my mother's ashes in a ziplock bag, which I spread at the peak. I cried, but not for mom. I cried because I knew I made it up my first mountain, and she was with me the whole way. Going back down was rough on the knees, and it seemed endless. It was bittersweet making it back to the parking lot, where civilization already seemed foreign somehow. I am excited to make it a goal in my life to climb as many mountain peaks as possible.
# 5 A nice day on a Peak and don't miss the flying of the Bats at Carlsbad Caverns
I was spending a few days exploring Carlsbad Caverns and saved a day for this high point. The day started out cool, but got hotter as the day went on. I took my time and eventually made it to the top. Lots of ladybugs flying around. Summit register box was a mess, but I found room to sign. If I do this high point again, it will be in the Fall when it is cooler.
Something to do in this part of Texas. I'm glad I bagged it since I don't think I'll go to that part of the country any time soon. For a high point, it's pretty easy. Almost 4 hours round trip, with 45 minutes socializing at the summit. Going up was mostly cloudy and hot. Going down was torching sun. 1.5 liters of water needed.
We didn't know about highpointing then, but we knew this was the highest point in Texas. We celebrated our 11th anniversary with this climb and found many, many others climbing that day as well. Met an older man who had climbed it several dozen times.
Very windy in the campground so we didn't cook much of anything. Made our way to Carlsbad Caverns the next day. A good two-for-one trip and a great way to celebrate.
Summit number 1
Done in a day a long time ago.