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.