New Meetup: Guadalupe Mountains, Exploratory Trip

From: Wayland
Sent on: Sunday, November 7, 2010 2:41 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The New Mexico Backpackers Meetup Group!

What: Guadalupe Mountains, Exploratory Trip

When: Friday, November 12,[masked]:00 AM

Where: Guadalupe Mountains National Park
400 Pine Canyon Road
Salt Flat, TX 79847
(575)[masked]

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Exploratory Trip to Guadalupe Mountains National Park

"Guadalupe Mountains National Park safeguards the world's finest example of a fossilized reef, a surprisingly complex and unique assemblage of flora and fauna, and West Texas' only legally designated wilderness. Here, one can experience solitude, tranquility, and the joy of finding plants and animals whose mastery of survival renews our sense of wonder."

http://www.nps.gov/gumo/

The plan is to camp out near the main visitor's center of the park and explore the park all day Saturday with day packs and drive back Sunday morning. I'm bringing all my backpacking gear just in case. From what I've been told, there is no running water in the area, so plan on bringing plenty of water.

Drive Time to Guadalupe Mts Vistor Center: 6.5 hrs total.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=s&utm_campaign=en&utm_source=en-ha-na-us-bk-gm&utm_medium=ha&utm_term=google%20maps

I plan to do a day hike up the "Permian Reef" trail, it's supposed to be a geological wonder chock full of fossil remains from an ancient sea some 200 million years ago. It's rated as strenuous, 8 miles out and back (16 miles total). It's a geology field trip of sorts and I'll probably take it very slow checking out fossils and taking photos.

Depending on how many people go, I see no reason why we couldn't break up into individual groups (at least two per group) so everyone can get to explore what and where they want and just meet back for dinner on Saturday evening. I have room for three people in my vehicle. This is really an impromptu road trip, and you can't have too many of those lol :0)

Trip Schedule

Friday-Nov. 12th-Depart Albuquerque at 9:00am from Wayland's House, check out the Visitor's Center and camp out Friday evening.

Saturday-Nov. 13th-Spend day exploring the park via day packs

Sunday-Nov. 14th- Drive back to Albuquerque Sunday morning

We'll meet at my house on Friday morning at 9:00am sharp and depart from there.

1205 Calle Garza NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
(505)[masked] (Home)
(505)[masked] (Cell)

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