Ascent of Peak 12819 on 2008-09-21

Climber: Phil Robinson

Others in Party:My two daughters Lauren and Christina. My wife and other 2 daughters hiked to Williams Lake.
My dog Daisy hiked to Williams Lake.
Date:Sunday, September 21, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 12819
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:12819 ft / 3907 m

Ascent Trip Report

On Saturday morning September 20, 2008 I started the first backpacking adventure with my 4 daughters, Lauren, Natalie, Christina and Jennifer. It was also the first backpacking adventure, and most likely the last with my wife Linda. It is not in her blood. We also took along our dog Daisy. We backpacked 2.3 miles, from near the Taos ski area to a beautiful camping area, below a waterfall just past Williams Lake. (I drove them up a third of a mile to help make it a better experience.) We were in a basin with the biggest mountains of New Mexico surrounding us. (I camped at exactly the same area 4 weeks earlier with my 28 year old son Garret. We hiked Lake Fork Peak and Vallecito Mountain.) I was the pack animal, with 58 pounds; carrying 2 tents, most of the food, stove, pots and pans etc… They all carried about 20 pounds. I wanted them to have a good first time experience. We set up camp in the beautiful basin. The next morning, Sunday September 21, 2008, I got up at 5:45 and asked who wanted to climb peak 12,819. I had 2 takers, my 16 year old daughter Laruen, who has done 2 peaks with me before, and my 11 year old daughter Christina. We left at 6:45 and headed straight for the peak. We went straight up. It was a very physically exertive hike! At times we were hiking on all fours. My 2 daughters said that they would not have gone if they knew it was so hard, but later were glad that they went. The top was cold, very windy and the whole area was mixed with fog. It was very beautiful! We stopped for a short time on the top, ate, and then headed down. It was much easier coming down, very steep, yet none of the trip felt dangerous. (If anyone is going to go straight up, they should study the best way from Williams Lake.) We came back above the waterfall near our camp. We got back at 11:00 AM, after hiking 3.4 miles. It took 4 hours and 15 minutes to do the trip. We cooked a late breakfast, packed up and headed 2.6 miles back to the car. All my daughters really enjoyed their first backpacking adventure!
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Unnamed Peak 12819 in the Sangre de Cristo Range of New Mexico, from near Williams Lake (2008-09-21). Photo by Phil Robinson.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2558 ft / 779 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.1 mi / 16.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2558 ft / 779 m
    Distance:4.9 mi / 7.9 km
    Route:Williams Parking to Williams Lake up North Slope
    Start Trailhead:10261 ft / 3127 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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