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 Peak(s):  Culebra Peak  -  14,047 feet
 Post Date:  07/22/2005
 Date Climbed:   07/21/2005
 Posted By:  downhilldave

 Culebra Peak   

Thursday July 21:
I drove the night before the hike to the gate and camped out. I was able to pitch a tent on the road. There were to others at the gate when I showed up. The next morning a little before 6 a bunch of cars showed up with the hikers in the group. I met Ed ( the guy planing the hike on 14ers.com forum) and some others. One gentelman who had been trying to get aces to Culebra for 5 years drove out from Ohio to climb his last peak!

The gate was open at 6 and the caravan of cars drove up to the HQ to pay. I did not have a good clearence car so I thankfully got a ride with Ed and his wife Heather. We drove to fourway and starded hiking. Just above the trees four of us decided to gain the ridge and hiked almost straight up the mountain to the ridge. At the top of the ridge we came to a huge carin and took a quick break. There was a great view of the false summit from this point. Hiking again we dropped down to a saddle then worked our way up the mountain. Before long we reached the false summit and could then see the true peak. There was not much of a trail but the ridge made for good hiking. Made it to the top 2:30 from the car.

Spent some time of the top where there was no wind and no signs of clouds building. After signing the regester I looked for Bills signture and saw it from the 5th. The my eye caught the names of Jennifer and Gerry Roach, who hiked it on the 3ed. Just as I dropped down from the summit I saw the gentelman who was making his last peak. I congradulated him as he was feet away from the top. Took the hike back down with a group of people down talking about other peaks. Back at the cars I got a ride down with Ed and Heather again having a good conservation and enjoying their company.

Overall the hike was really good. Little impact of human use on the mountain, a rare feat on a 14er. I had a great time talking to Heather and Ed and hearing about all the other peoples adventures to the summits of 14ers. The Ridge really is "snake" like as it bends closer to the summit. I guess that is where it got its name from. Culebra is spanish for snake

 


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