Guadalupes in December?
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Mark Andrews
(buldogge) - F

Locale: Midwest
Guadalupes in December? on 10/27/2013 22:54:32 MDT Print View

Hey Guys... Any insight on hiking the Guadalupes in early December?

Looking for someplace to head before the winter gets too far along here in STL.

Any advice/routes/etc. much appreciated.

Figure 3-4 days, any routes/suggestions with 12-20 miles a day.

TIA
-Mark in St. Louis

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Oo ooo me too!! on 10/31/2013 18:50:14 MDT Print View

I am new to texas and also want to head to the Guadalupes.....

Let me know if you come up with something good. :)

Mark Andrews
(buldogge) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Oo ooo me too!! on 11/01/2013 00:17:21 MDT Print View

Hey Jennifer…Will do.

Doesn't seem to be much interest in this discussion, unfortunately.

I know Eugene and a couple other guys have posted trip reports in the past.

I was hoping to go in November, but my hiking partner can't free up his time until Dec.

I'm sure, much like my last trip (Massive/Elbert), I'll just wing it…oh well.

With the water situation there I'm thinking some kind of zig-zag route that allows dropping out near a campground or ranger station to take on water would be ideal.

I need to start pouring over the maps and searching the internets…

-Mark

Richard Lyon
(richardglyon) - MLife

Locale: Bridger Mountains
Guadalupe on 11/01/2013 07:43:22 MDT Print View

Mark and Jennifer,

I'm interested if it can be scheduled before or after an upcoming trip to Dallas, likely mid-December. Keep me in the loop please.

I visited Guadalupe NP about five years ago and recall that there is one "natural" water point in the entire park. The Park Service campgrounds have taps. Be sure to include a hike up Guadalupe Peak - highest point in Texas, very easy hike unless the winds are impossible, and scenery unlike anything I saw in 25+ years in Texas.

Richard

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: Guadalupe on 11/01/2013 07:50:13 MDT Print View

My brother does a lot of dual sport motorcycle riding in big bend and Guadalupe...we've been talking about trying to work out a route where he could either cache water for me or to plan campsites where we would camp together...and he could haul the water.

Alex H
(abhitt) - MLife

Locale: southern appalachians or desert SW
Re: Re: Guadalupe on 11/01/2013 07:57:13 MDT Print View

Go to BigBendChat.com, they have a lot of folks who hike the Guadalupes and there is a dedicated section for discussions on GUMO.

http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/gumo-general-discussion/

You should be able to get some advice there.

Mark Andrews
(buldogge) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Re: Re: Guadalupe on 11/01/2013 08:31:49 MDT Print View

Thanx for the heads up!

-Mark

HK Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Re: Guadalupes in December? on 11/01/2013 10:30:24 MDT Print View

Let me know as well if you are doing this on the first weekend in early December. I have 2.5 days off and would come from the West of the Guads. I have to be gone PM Sunday, on the road at dinnertime, .. due to work early, early on Monday. Would like to hike with more fellow BPLer's even if only partially on the trip.

Aubrey W. Bogard
(bogardaw) - M

Locale: TX
Re: Guadalupes in December? on 11/01/2013 10:47:43 MDT Print View

Regardless of time of year, water is a concern in the Guadalupe Mountains. My experience there is primarily from spending a week there more than 20 years ago, but...

My recollection is that the majority of the high country has no reliable water sources, so if you are going to pack into the higher elevations, you will need to carry all of the water you will need for the duration.

Guadalupe Peak is a great day hike if the weather is clear enough for a clear view once you reach the top.

McKittrick Canyon is beautiful.