Ascent of Guadalupe Peak on 2010-03-27
|Others in Party:||Chris Curtis|
|Date:||Saturday, March 27, 2010|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||8749 ft / 2666 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWith extremly strong winds (70 MPH) on the valley floor the day before, and predictions of 50+ MPH winds for our summit attempt, Chris and I set out not knowing if we could safely attain the summit.
The winds were strong from the West, which turned out in our favor since 70% of the trail is on the East facing slopes. The wind exposure on the Eastern slopes was a little uncomfortable, however, the wind was down right dangerous over the pass and on the summit.
Aside from the wind, this was a wonderful hike. The trail was well marked and maintained with only a few slippery snow/ice sections on the Western faces. The areas of dramatic "drop-off", and the 20+ switchbacks close to the trailhead have a resemblance of the famous switchbacks on California's Mt. Whitney.
All in all this was a great hike with dramatic scenery from the trail.
Started Hike - 7:52
On Summit - 10:17
Left Summit - 10:37
Back to Car - 12:35
Chris & Ken (2010-03-27). Photo by Ken Curtis.
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|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||3529 ft / 1074 m|
| Extra Gain:||255 ft / 77 m|
| Distance:||8.4 mi / 13.5 km|
| Route:||Guadalupe Peak Trail|
| Trailhead:||5730 ft / 1746 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Extremely Windy, Clear|
| Time Up:||2 Hours 25 Minutes|
| Time Down:||1 Hours 58 Minutes|
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