Peak(s):  Guadalupe Peak - 0 feet
Date Posted:  11/24/2010
Date Climbed:   11/23/2010
Author:  apasquel
 Guadalupe Peak  

Guadalupe Peak (11/23/10)

We left Big Bend on 11/22/10 at 10:30 a.m. after completing a 17.8-mile trip into the backcountry. Brad (brother in law) and I jumped in the Prius and headed out of the Park and started our way to the Guadalupe Mountain National Park. We went through the towns of Marathon, Marfa, and Alpine.

We came up from the South so we had a 20-minute view of El Capitan. We finally arrived before sunset and parked the Prius in front of El Cap on the highway. We also visited the Salt Basins, which lie West of the park. After the sunset we headed into the park.

We parked at the Pine Springs TH parking area and set up for the night. We set up our sleeping bags in the Prius, cooked dinner, and got ready for bed. We were both out in minutes. Must have been the Big Bend trip? We were planning on getting up at sunset to start our way up the highest point in Texas.

We both woke up at 1: 30 a.m. to use the restroom and lay back down. I looked over to Brad and asked, "Do you want to head out now and see the sunrise on the peak?' Brad said, "Let's do it." I said, "**** yeah!"

We were ready and on the trail at 2:20 a.m. Now, this is my second ascent of this peak...but the first time, the Northface of this route was completely covered in snow which made it really difficult. Also...supposedly it takes 6-8 hours to complete the trail. So we took all of this into consideration. We made it up to the peak in 2 hours the dark. Which was great, but there was another 1.5 hours before sunrise. It was 34 degrees with 30 mph sustained winds up top. We hunkered down and waited for the sun.

When the sun came out, it was all worth it. We took tons of great pics and enjoyed the top of Texas. We were down in 1.5 hours!

Pine Springs TH elevation: 5734 ft
Guadalupe Peak: 8,749 FT
Elevation Gain: 3015 ft
Mileage: Round Trip 8.4 miles

4 day mileage trip from Big Bend and Guadalupe Peak: 26.2 miles!!!!!!

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 Comments or Questions

Awesome Place
11/26/2010 15:29
It's not a 14er but when I lived in Texas I climbed this peak often. I proposed to my wife at the summit 6 years ago. Awesome place! We need to go back.

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