Ascent of Guadalupe Peak on 2010-11-20

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen
Date:Saturday, November 20, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Motorcycle
Peak:Guadalupe Peak
    Elevation:8749 ft / 2666 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started at 8:50 AM and the the literature says 6 to 8 hours to climb the 8.4 mile 3000 foot climb. We (like so many other peakbaggers) did CLIMB in 2 hours 30 minutes up and 2 hours down. With time at top, photos, talking to others on trail - the entire round trip was 5 hours and 15 minutes. I could have done this solo in 4 hours easily. We were down by 2:05 PM at car in parking lot

Appears to be my 15th state HP. Over 50,000 feet of gain now for the year and i have climbed 10 state HPs (or obtained) this year alone. Good year so far. PR HP next!

Notable observations ON THIS HIKE:
1) saw 3-4 species of pine and one spruce/fir. Was surprised once you got behind the range how the desert yucca type vegetation gave way to 2 species of oaks, one maple, and several conifers. Far more diversity than expected.
2) it was windy and i hear that is common - bring a wind breaker
3) the views were clear and more interesting than i expected
4) EL Capatian is very interesting but not an easy backcountry bushwack - do not add that trip unless you bring plenty of water and started early.
5) The NP did a nice job. Well maintained trails, nice marker at top, sign in log, and wonderful interpretive center at welcome center
6) geology - very interesting mixture of limestone from permian seas 300 million years ago and some fossils seen along the way. Nice large crystals of calcite along the way. Some dolomite and i saw one large travertine formation in the distance. Relic coral-sponge reef standing 1000s feet above base of Delaware Sea/Lagoon.
7) NOV nice time of year to do hike and not be scorched with sun.

We met a volunteer Ranger who was a federal district judge on weekdays and who was training for Mt Elbrus and was around 60 years old. He had climbed this mountain now 72 times and wanted to hit 100. Very interesting fellow on the weekends if you see him say hello - volunteer ranger on the weekends named Rob.Quite the friendly extrovert.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3169 ft / 965 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3169 ft / 965 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.4 mi / 13.5 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Beautiful but windy day 61 to 56 F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3094 ft / 943 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3019 ft / 920 m; Extra: 75 ft / 22m
    Loss on way in:75 ft / 22 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Main Trail
    Start Trailhead:parking lot  5730 ft / 1746 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3094 ft / 943 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3019 ft / 920 m; Extra: 75 ft / 22m
    Gain on way out:75 ft / 22 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    End Trailhead:parking lot  5730 ft / 1746 m
    Time:2 Hours 

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