Hi all, just looked at a few of the pictures from an overnighter I did with a buddy of mine in the Sandia mountains east of Albuquerque, NM. Some of the pictures came out pretty well, so I thought I'd share some of the beauty of my backyard playground. Hope you enjoy it.
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A nice and sunny Saturday morning, but at 45F with 35 MPH gusts, a little chilly.
Our first stop of the day at "The Overhang" at 6800 ft.
An interesting and unique New Mexico landscape.
We hit snow (up to three feet in places) at about 7000ft.
We've arrived at our destination, "The Icemaker". At an elevation of 7800ft, a small stream cascades down a 120ft face, leaving spectacular ice formations in the winter. Here you see me standing on a pile of small ice cubes that have fallen off the waterfall (hence the name). I wonder what I'm thinking about?
Here is a wider view of the falls through the trees.
My companion for the trip in front of our cozy domicile.
A wider view of camp. Evening temps of 23F with 10MPH gusting winds.
A lot of new ice on the falls in the morning. Listening to chunks of ice whistling down all night was interesting.
Packing up camp in the morning. Temperature of a balmy 13F when we got up, but at least the wind died down in the night.
Another small waterfall further down the canyon. Phew, this is some tough hiking!