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Camping and Hiking in West Texas

Thursday, October 22, 2015

This week I went hiking and camping in far west Texas with the San Antonio Adventure Club. We made the 8-hour drive last Friday and set up camp near the trail head to the highest peak in Texas - Guadalupe Mountain. While only about 9,000 ft in elevation, you gain around 4,000 feet in the 4.5 mile hike to the top. This was going to be quite a challenge for me as I sprained my right ankle the week before, and I cut my heel on my right foot two days before the hike. The trail is ok in places, but you have to scramble over loose rocks in a lot of areas. I love a challenge, though. Here is a picture of the Guadalupe mountain range.

On Saturday, we did a 7-mile "warm up" hike to McKittrick Canyon. Here are two pictures from that hike.

My ankle was extremely sore after that hike, but it was much better the day of the big hike. Here is the sunrise we woke up to.

We had 20 people attempt this hike. After the first hour, many people were struggling, so we split into 2 groups - the fast hikers and the slow hikers. Despite my sore ankle, I managed to help lead the fast hikers (or should I say the "faster" hikers). The actual leader of the hike had to turn around with a sprained ankle, and two others had sprained ankles on the way down. One other person sprained their knee on the return trip. It was a great hike, however, and I wanted to share some of the pictures.

Here I am at the summit.

And a few more pictures...

This was a great experience, though, and although we could all hardly move the next day, we certainly enjoyed the evening under the stars. We each also had a great sense of accomplishment.

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    pretty pictures, want to retire to Texas
    1613 days ago
    emoticon So beautiful.
    1792 days ago
    1803 days ago
    Bill I enjoyed your pictures so I came back for another look.
    1807 days ago
    I've always wanted to hike in that area and hope to make it one of these days - sorry so many in your group ended up with injuries, though - yikes!! Once upon a time, I hiked for 8 miles on a broken foot but I'm paying for it now because that foot never healed right and now arthritis has settled into the previously-injured areas. Good luck with your healing and thanks for sharing all the pictures!
    1823 days ago
    Wow, what a beautiful but rugged location! To think I've been complaining about Europe's love of cobblestones that I keep slipping off of.

    You are tough!
    1827 days ago
    Hi Bill -
    What a lovely location you all chose for your hike. I can empathize with all the sprained ankle folks, including you. Rugged terrain and loose rock on an incline that slides under your feet are among ways that I have sprained my ankles over the years, so I completely understand. However, you got 'er done and it looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing the pictures.
    1828 days ago
  • BARBIE176
    What a beautiful place to hike. I am glad you achieved your goal and made it to the top. I didn't know there was a such a high place in Texas.
    1830 days ago
    Beautiful hike, so nice you shared the pictures with us.. Looks scary to me, I live in FLAT Florida !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1835 days ago
    What an awesome view!
    1835 days ago
  • ROX525
    Beautiful pictures Bill. I was imagining I was there. Must have been a treacherous trip with all the injuries. Take some time to heel. You obviously don't have a fear of heights!
    1835 days ago
    Bill, thanks so much for sharing your hike. What a challenge and what beautiful scenery, particularly that outstanding sunrise. Sounds like you need a couple rest days for those poor feet, however, take care.
    1835 days ago
    What a beautiful place to hike!!!!!
    1835 days ago
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    1835 days ago
    Bill I really liked your pictures. It looks like a great hike!
    1836 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    Great pictures! I'm glad your injured ankle and foot held up for that hike.
    1836 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    You are so lucky to have such a get group to hike with. Awesome pictures and good for you for doing this not so easy hike. And like Susan said, you are missed on our Teddy Bear team!!!,
    1836 days ago
    I can see why you wanted to challenge yourself on this hike up the mountain. Beautiful photos... glad all the injuries weren't to serious. Did any of you hum the Lone Ranger tune as you were climbing? (William Tell Overture) emoticon
    Listen to it all, turn up the volume,,, it starts out slowly...
    WARNING: Cannons may make dogs bark, scare your mom, leave your neighbour dumbfounded, make cats panic, wake you up in the middle of the night shouting at the top of your lungs because you think ur being robbed, scare the crap out of you, and/or blow up your ears and brains; among other things...

    1836 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/22/2015 7:06:17 PM
  • RAMONA1954
    What a beautiful hike. That's an accomplishment
    1836 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    What a wonderful trip! I love your pictures and seeing that beautiful sunrise!! WOW!!!
    Now you can go home and take care of those feet that cannot be replaced.. You have lots more adventures ahead.
    What are the temperatures there? It is hard to get a sense of that since you all were walking and keeping warm..
    The only place we have mountains in Michigan is in the Upper Peninsula.. The Porcupine Mountains.

    Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us!!!
    1836 days ago
  • PCOH051610

    Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures. I hope all is going well with you but you are missed terribly on the Teddy Bear team!

    1836 days ago
    Wow I had no idea Texas could be so pretty! Nice photos!
    1836 days ago
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