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Meet a Maker. Then Climb It.

  • Jul 13, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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Cerro Rendija is a fine shield volcano to make any Hawaiian proud.  It sits on the Chain of Craters Road (CR 42) awaiting our morning ascent.  The entire hike is off trail and much of the hike is over rugged lava.

Find out what's up with shield volcanos, the immense mid-Cretaceous super plume that still rocks our world with wellth and ilth.  And maybe see why some call volcano creator.  Discover what a Rendija is, then descend into a secret canyon.

Meet in the parking lot of the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center after 8 AM.  There the views are strong, the bathrooms are good looking, and the rangers are above average.

Depart the lot at 8:30 AM sharp!  Caravan to the trailhead (those wishing to save on fuel, emissions, & road impact may want to arrange ride sharing).  Park at the trailhead by 9:30 AM. Total vertical elevation change is 1000+ feet.  Total horizontal distance is 3+ miles round trip in sparse Ponderosa Pine forest.  Hike to the summit at 8,000 feet and dine from your pack with a grand 360 view. Watch for animals of all sizes and, if the moonsoons come, rioting flowers of all colors.

Return to the vehicles before 2 PM glowing with foresty feelings.

SURVIVAL 8000 feet means less oxygen, so have your body in fine cardiovascular shape. The secret to a happy hike includes a well hydrated body. Drink water before hand, then carry 3 liters. If the body seeks a privy bush from time to time - good. Pick a hike buddy at the start and let them know of your bush venture.

This is a Moderate hike entirely off trail. Pace is slow to moderate to allow all to ascend the steeper slopes as well as appreciate the treasures we find. Email me if any doubts about physical limitations. Given the remote and rugged nature of the area, please keep me or another radio carrier posted, if you wish to strike out on your own. Bring sturdy footwear, plenty of water, food, and protection from the elements. Hiking poles are nice for the uneven volcanic terrain. Binoculars give a nice view of distal peaks and sneaky birds. One slip on the lava can spoil the skin, so keep it pretty and have cat balance or wear long pants.  Gloves are nice for grasping lava handholds on steep terrain, or to soften unexpected lurches.  Loose breathable clothing sheds solar heat. Shorts and/or sandals are not recommended due to the the many pricklys, pokeys, & jaggedy lava.

BLM El Malpais NCA hikes are open to all and free of pets, firearms, and intoxicants.  (Not recommended for kids under 12 or folks with impaired gait.)

Come!

For those who wish to continue their adventure after the hike, the NPS has opened 4 lava tubes to entry by free and easy permitting.  We will drive past 2 and end our hike near 2.  The BLM part of the hike ends when either you strike out on your own (please tell us) or upon our return to the trailhead.  Lava tubes are wondrous and cool places.  If you think you might want to cave afterwards, please finish permitting at the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center before 8:20 AM.  Check out:

http://www.nps.gov/elma/naturescience/lava-tubes-and-caving.htm

Cool stuff:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfLHmL0oKtw

http://www.podcast.tv/video-episodes/lava-flows-and-lava-tubes-on-k%C4%ABlauea-15611362.html

Past visits:

http://www.meetup.com/hiking-204/events/14658141/

http://www.meetup.com/hiking-204/events/13891021/



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  • Paul Y.

    Thanks to Berna for more cool fotos!

    July 17, 2013

  • Paul Y.

    Thanks to Bonnie, Braden, and Danielle for posting cool fotos!

    July 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the kudos Paul! Did you see Berna's photos? She posted some very artsy and well designed shots! :)

      July 16, 2013

  • Berna

    This was a great hike! Paul made the adventure educational and thoughtful, along the way. The hiking group was friendly and we learned a lot about each other.

    July 14, 2013

  • Paul Y.

    Thanks to you all, and volunteer Roland for making a beautiful hike so enjoyable!

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun day at El Malpais! Many thanks to Paul for this informative tour. It was great to meet all of you. Hope to see you again on another hike soon.

    As promised, here's a decent basic checklist for the beginner hikers: http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/day-hiking-checklist.html. That site has many other articles with advice on outdoor safety and gear guides, but there are plenty of other online resources, too. Happy trails!

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a wonderful day in an alternate universe! :} Paul introduced us to another world and it was beautiful and intriguing. Great company and beautiful surroundings. Thank you to Paul and Roland too!

    July 14, 2013

  • Jan

    Beautiful hike and Paul provided interesting information regarding the geology, zoology, and biology of El Malpias in general and shield volcanos specifically. Thanks, Paul, for another wonderful hike!

    July 13, 2013

  • Jan

    Danielle, Do you have any room left? Has everyone confirmed? Three of my passengers have cancelled (Pamela, Becky & Branden). Bonnie is still with me; I think. Bonnie, you said you might be able to drive. Can we leave from Coors? I really don't want to drive backwards to the east side.

    July 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm flexible.... lava tubes or no it will be fun.

      July 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Actually, Christopher, Catherine and I are meeting at Sprouts on Academy, not Coors, and since Bebe decided to cancel, I'll plan on sticking around for lava tubes, too. See you tomorrow.

      July 12, 2013

  • Jan

    Bebe, Danielle, Catherine, Bonnie, I'd like to look at the lava tubes so if someone wants to stay while Bebe goes straight back, the people staying can ride back with me.

    July 12, 2013

    • Jan

      I'll meet you at the NMEFCU on Coors at 6:30 am. I'm glad you want to see the lava tubes, too.

      July 12, 2013

    • bebe s.

      i'm out.

      July 12, 2013

  • bebe s.

    i am so sorry bail on such short notice, but my dog is sick and i don't feel right leaving her tomorrow..

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Im in decent shape just getting into hiking I was wondering if if be able to do this hike it sounds great.

    July 12, 2013

    • Paul Y.

      Hi Leonard, We'll be hiking in elevations from 7500 to 8000 feet, much of it rugged lava, in temperatures as high as 90F for over 3 miles vertical distance and over 1000 feet elevation change - up & down. If this is the kind of hiking you're already doing, then you know your limitations. If not, i'd seek personal advice from a medical professional. Cheer, paul

      July 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'd love to try it but I'm going to hold off work up to it maybe in a month or so thanks Paul

      July 12, 2013

  • Jan

    Bonnie, just checking to make sure you are still going. It may be just you and I driving from Coors. If it is, maybe your car will get better mileage than mine (15 mpg).

    July 12, 2013

  • Jan

    I'm trying to fill up my SUV so that gas won't be too expensive. I have 2 people plus me so there is room for 2 more people able to leave from Coors and I-40.

    July 10, 2013

    • Jan

      Yes, I did. Thank you.

      July 11, 2013

    • Jan

      I'm so sorry. I hope it is better soon.

      July 12, 2013

  • Paul Y.

    Hi All, The nature has been kind and brought rain here these last few days. Since the final 7 miles of our journey is on dirt, better bring moderate clearance 4X4 vehicles in case we encounter mud. See you Saturday after 8 AM.

    July 12, 2013

  • Becky P.

    I wish I could go, its going to be a great trip.

    July 10, 2013

  • Jan

    Becky and Pamela, we'll be carpooling from the Westside at the NMEFCU at 6:30 am. Does anyone else need a ride?

    July 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      that will be great!

      July 10, 2013

    • Becky P.

      Jan, I"m bowing out. I would love to go but I have conflicts with my daughter and her birthday. Thanks for coordinating ride sharing and have a wonderful time.

      July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm happy to drive and willing to carpool. I can take 3 others willing to meet up anywhere along I-25 from Osuna south to I-40.

    July 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Danielle, If you still have room I would like to join your carpool.

      July 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sure. I'll message you details.

      July 10, 2013

  • Jan

    Becky wants to carpool from the Westside, too.

    July 9, 2013

  • Jan

    This is wonderful that so many people want to carpool. If anyone wants to carpool, meeting at the NMEFCU will allow us to fill up two cars. Thanks!!

    July 9, 2013

  • Jan

    Danielle, I would really like to carpool but going to I-25 would be going backwards for me. Could we meet on the way, such as the NMEFCU on Coors?

    July 7, 2013

    • Jan

      NMFCU is two blocks north on Coors from I-40. You'll turn left on Redlands and it is there on the corner. Pamela wants to carpool, too. I can have four people in addition to me in my SUV so the four of us can ride together. Or if your car can carry three in addition to you, you can drive and I'll leave my car. Either works for me. Paul recommends leaving around 6:30 am, but if we meet at 6:30, we'll be on the road shortly thereafter. Thanks!

      July 8, 2013

    • Becky P.

      Jan and Pamela, I would like to carpool with you since I live on the west side. I can drive 4 more or ride. It looks like Danielle has a rider. But lets see if any more jump in before Friday.

      July 8, 2013

  • Jan

    Is there anyone that is willing to carpool from the NM Educators Credit Union on Coors? I can take 4 people from there.

    July 7, 2013

    • Jan

      Pamela, Paul suggests that we leave around 6:30 am. Is that okay with you?

      July 8, 2013

  • Paul Y.

    Malpaisanos, Looks like we'll hit a sweet cool spot for the hike! The long range forecast for cool weather that inspired this hike is still in effect. Forecast high for nearby Grants is high 70Fs, so the summit could be low 70Fs. With that can come chilly rain and winds. Best be prepared. p.s.- so far no forecast for volcanic activity!

    July 3, 2013

  • Jan

    Paul has recommended that we meet at 6:30 because of construction delays. So we'll meet at 6:30. Please let be know if you are interested in carpooling.

    July 1, 2013

  • Jan

    Maybe meeting at 6:30 is too early. Anyone interested in carpooling and meeting at 7am?

    June 30, 2013

  • Paul Y.

    Hi Eva, Email me direct, if there's any problem. Thanks for waiting til you're sure.

    June 30, 2013

  • Jan

    Those of you wanting to carpool, we can meet at 6:30 am (departure by 6:45am at the latest) at the NM Educators Federal Credit union west side of Coors just north of I-40. Please plan on making a realistic contribution towards the cost of gas for transportation to and from this hike.

    June 30, 2013

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  • Paul Y.
    BLM (El Malpais) rep, Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Jan
    Assistant Organizer
  • A former member
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