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and Roy hanging out at our campsite at Christmas Tree Pass.
barrel cacti were plentiful as we made the steep climb up to the ridgeline.
surveys the jagged ridgeline.
along the faint trail along the ridgeline with Laughlin in the background.
and Henry take in the tremendous views from the summit of Spirit Mountain.
descends the brief class 3 wall near the summit.
like a beautiful day for a hike, right? This was the view from along the
road we drove into Elbow Canyon.
a bit chilly as we start out up the road. Ed, Luba, Jose, and Eric are
ready for an adventure.
get farther up the road, it becomes snow-covered, but it doesn't dampen
after hiking and post-holing through snow for a couple of hours, we decide
to abandon our summit attempt and turn around.
We decide to make this
our lunch spot at about 6800'.
Henry and Jose hike back to the car, the clouds look more ominous. It
snowed and rained on us before we could get back to the car.
Report and Photos by Henry Jingle
Mountaineers like to have lists of different types of challenges.
The Las Vegas Mountaineers Club has our 50 Classic Peaks. Another list is the 50 State Highpoint adventures.
This year I added Texas’ highpoint Guadalupe Peak.
At 8749 feet, it is the 14th highest State highpoint. It is located in
Guadalupe Mountains National Park (GMNP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico. Before
this adventure, we drove to Carlsbad Caverns National Park for a cave
tour. After the tour, we drove to GMNP and camped. In the evening, I walked
to the visitor center and saw a ringtail cat sitting above the national
park sign. Unfortunately, it was too dark to photograph but was still
a great memory.
After sunrise, we drove to the trailhead parking. This
is a well-marked improved trail to the summit. The elevation gain is about
3000 feet in 8.4 miles roundtrip. In the upper tree-lined trail, I came
upon a black-tailed rattlesnake stretched across the trail.
On the summit, I was greeted by a pyramid shaped monument
commemorating the 100th anniversary (1858 -- 1958) of the founding of
American Airlines. Who knew they were flying before the Wright Brothers!
Actually, the monument commemorates the 100th anniversary of Butterfield
Overland Mail (began in 1858), a stagecoach route that passed south of
MONTHLY BIO FEATURE
Where were you born?
How long have you lived in Las Vegas?
What is your occupation?
How long have you been an LVMC member?
What is you favorite hike/climb?
My favorite climb is White Punks On Dope. The
climb is located in the southern part of Sequoia National Forest near
Johnsondale. It is a classic climb by any standard because it has
excellent rock and climbing that ranges from splitter cracks, sustained
laybacks, to run out face climbing. I had a great partner that day
in Josh Owen and it proved to be one of my most memorable climbing
What is the most challenging hike/climb you have done?
The 2003 LVMC trip to Mt. Rainier was not only
a challenging climb but was an equally challenging exercise in logistics.
I was a new coordinator at the time and was assisting Alan Andrunas
with the trip planning. We planned training hikes, snow schools, backyard
self-rescue practice, along with coordinating flights and hotels. In
the end, Alan put on a great trip, we had beautiful weather, and
all 13 mountaineers successfully summited and returned.
How did you get into hiking/climbing?
I was in my senior year of high school; I had
a light class load, had recently given up playing baseball, and was
working in a relatively good paying part time job. I had money and
plenty of free time so I needed a new hobby. My father heard about
the LVMC from a coworker so I checked out a meeting, signed up, and
started taking all of the beginner classes that were offered. I guess
the short answer to the question is that the people of the LVMC got
me into climbing and hiking. I owe a great deal to this club and its
members for providing me with many years of friendships, memorable
trips, and great BBQs.
What are your hobbies other than hiking/climbing?
Climbing has been a huge part of my life for
many years but occasionally I branch out into other arenas such as
home brewing, reading, and cooking for my wonderful wife.
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