Ascent of Guadalupe Mountain South on 2011-12-23

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Friday, December 23, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Guadalupe Mountain South
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:8722 ft / 2658 m

Ascent Trip Report

This would be an easy summertime hike, but with deep snow and a near zero windchill it was harder today. I took NM 378 to the Rio Grande recreation area. The road (left turn) to the trailhead is well marked. Because of snow drifts I decided to park a half mile short of the trailhead adding a mile to the roundtrip. Part of my motivation for this hike was to test snowshoes I bought a couple of days ago. I've never used them before. Took me a while to figure it out. The rhythm is different than walking, and the bindings kept coming loose. I didn't figure out how to manage the bindings properly until I headed down. A well maintained trail with great views of the volcanoes on the Taos Plateau.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1074 ft / 327 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
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Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1074 ft / 327 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.6 km
    Route:Guadalupe Mt. Trail
    Trailhead:7648 ft / 2331 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.6 km
    Time Down:1 Hours 10 Minutes

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