Ascent of Guadalupe Peak on 2013-01-21

Climber: Ed Wandall

Date:Monday, January 21, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Guadalupe Peak
    Elevation:8749 ft / 2666 m

Ascent Trip Report

Had a conference in San Antonio and some time to kill. Drove out to Van Horn, ate at Chuy's (John Madden loves this place). Woke up early and drove to Guadalupe, crossing into Mountain Time on the way...which meant that I would be heading up the mountain without beta, as the National Park opened around 9. Saw a Ringtail on the way...amazing! On the trail at 7:50, snowy and icy above 7000 feet. Very cool hike, as you move onto the north facing slopes, you change temperate becomes a pine forest. Hike back to where the sun hits, high desert. Made the summit after 4 hours, going slow due to the ice. Took a leisurely descent, made it back to the car around 3.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3327 ft / 1013 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.6 mi / 13.8 km
    Trailhead:Pine Spring Campground  5822 ft / 1774 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 

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