Ascent of Guadalupe Peak on 2009-04-16
|Others in Party:||Jill Stone|
|Date:||Thursday, April 16, 2009|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||8749 ft / 2666 m|
Ascent Trip ReportMy 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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