Ascent of Guadalupe Peak on 2010-03-27

Climber: Ken Curtis

Others in Party:Chris Curtis
Date:Saturday, March 27, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Guadalupe Peak
    Elevation:8749 ft / 2666 m

Ascent Trip Report

With 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
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Chris & Ken (2010-03-27). Photo by Ken Curtis.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3529 ft / 1074 m
    Extra Gain:255 ft / 77 m
    Round-Trip 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
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 58 Minutes

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