Ascent of Guadalupe Peak on 2009-04-16

Climber: Peter Stone

Others in Party:Jill Stone
Twm Stone
David Stone
Ceri Stone
Patrick Stone
Date:Thursday, April 16, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Guadalupe Peak
    Elevation:8749 ft / 2666 m

Ascent Trip Report

My third ascent of Texas' highpoint, reflecting the fact that my parents have lived in Texas for nearly 20 years. Each time we've stayed the night before in a motel in Carlsbad, NM and combined our visit with a descent into the amazing Calsbad Caverns. I strongly recommend getting on a Natural Entrance Tour and also having breakfast at the Pecos River Cafe in Carlsbad beforehand.

My first climb (September 1994) was with my wife as part of a stupendous 6-week road trip around the Western USA and Canada before we had any children.

Second time (April 2006) was with my older 2 boys (aged 9 and 8 at the time) while Jill and younger ones (aged 6 and 3) explored McKittrick Canyon.

Finally the whole family's done it now (ages 12, 11, 9 and 6), ascending by the standard Guadalupe Peak Trail from the Pine Springs parking lot. It’s a great well graded hike suitable for any reasonably fit walker - considerably easier than Emory Peak in the Chisos Mountains that we climbed 3 days earlier! We even got back in time for the children to complete the Junior Ranger paperwork at the Visitor Center and get their badges. I love Texas, particularly west of the Pecos, but next time I'll climb a different 8,000-footer!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3049 ft / 929 m
    Route:Guadalupe Peak Trail
    Trailhead:Pine Springs  5700 ft / 1737 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail

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