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Extended week of hard stuff 2014: 5 highest points in 9 days

Last year, we had planned for an "extended week of hard stuff" set of hikes hitting the high points in several nearby states. It didn't pan out, but we did do an ad-hoc set of hikes where we hit the high points of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Colorado in 8 days.

I want to try doing this again, but hitting the high points of these states:

Guadalupe Peak, Texas (8751 ft)

• Humphreys Peak, Arizona (12637 ft)

Wheeler Peak, New Mexico (13161 ft)

Mount Elbert, Colorado (14440 ft)

• Black Mesa, Oklahoma (5700 ft)

all within 9 days (or less). In Colorado, I'd like to do a mini 2-day backpacking trip so we can also summit Mount Massive, the second highest point in Colorado, which is immediately adjacent Mount Elbert.

I've yet to plan the route, and subsequently have not planned what time we are leaving. Unfortunately, early planning shows we may have to do Guadalupe Peak on the Friday before we leave instead as part of the 9 days.

The plan is stay at inexpensive hostels and camp along the way to save money on lodging.

The week selected, Jun 28–Jul 6, is set. Please put in your requests for taking time off now!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I hate I missed out on this trip. I love 14ers maybe next time .

    July 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    How was it? Hey I am heading to Silverton/ Durango to do some awesome hikes. Maybe an overnight back trip if anyone is interested. July 10- 15

    1 · July 7, 2014

    • Pauline M.

      I would love to go, but it will take me a bit of time to recover from this trip

      1 · July 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks

      July 7, 2014

  • Rosario R.

    Thanks to Yubao and his fire pit skills we stay warm, happy and feed.

    1 · July 7, 2014

  • Rosario R.

    Jody, this was your kind of hike and the best camping spots by the roaring creeks and rivers with extreme cold water.

    1 · July 7, 2014

  • jody M.

    Welcome back all!

    1 · July 7, 2014

  • Pauline M.

    Thanks everyone for all the encouragement you gave me. It got me up the tall peaks

    1 · July 7, 2014

  • Yubao

    And I would like to thank Ryan for leading the Wheeler Peak adventure also.

    1 · July 7, 2014

  • Yubao

    I would like to thank Samat for pulling this off. Few people realize how hard it is to organize an event such like this.

    1 · July 7, 2014

  • Pauline M.

    Ditto on the thanks. I could never of done this on my own.

    1 · July 7, 2014

  • Pauline M.

    We saw, we conquered. We made it. I can hardly wait to go back and do it again ...well give e few days of R&R I miss the mountains already.

    1 · July 7, 2014

  • Rosario R.

    I can't hardly wait to repeat this Tripp even if I have to take my baths in the freezing cold waters of the rivers and creeks.

    1 · July 7, 2014

  • Rosario R.

    This was more like a hiking marathon and extra hard stuff and I love each moment. Thanks Ryan for being such a team player and for shearing the wine, chocolate and chips with us. You are an awesome person!

    1 · July 7, 2014

  • Rosario R.

    Ok! I will start saving my money to conquer and summit the next set of high peaks...YES! YES! And YES!

    1 · July 7, 2014

  • Rosario R.

    There are not enough words to express how awesome this hike was. Thanks Samat and Yubao for organizing this incredible hiking trip. We even had time to shop ( window)on some of the most expensive boutiques in the nation.

    1 · July 7, 2014

  • Pauline M.

    I got back into house in spite of key falling apart in my hand. High Altitude Sickness?

    1 · July 7, 2014

  • Rosario R.

    I made it back to El Paso in one whole piece and my knees screaming for more serious hike...YES! :)

    1 · July 7, 2014

  • Samat

    We'll be having a planning meeting at Pauline's place at 7 pm, Tuesday. I'll send an e-mail out later this evening with an address (please contact me if you're interested in attending).

    June 23, 2014

    • Kenny J.

      cool sounds like a plan

      June 24, 2014

    • mariel

      Samat please send me details-info at my email. Also are you all carpooling or not?

      June 24, 2014

  • mariel

    Are you doing the 9 days continuously, or one point at the time? How does this work?

    June 24, 2014

  • Rosario R.

    I will bring bread and garbanzo hummus.

    June 23, 2014

    • Samat

      Kale–carrot–dried cranberry salad

      June 24, 2014

  • Samat

    After looking at the weather report (and time we have), I'm leaving Guadalupe Peak out. We'll do it in the coming month—5 high points in a month is good enough for me. We're going to do an abbreviated Pike's Peak hike so we can get three 14k'ers in, which is more than enough accomplishment. Here's the tentative schedule: http://stuff.samat.org/5peaks/5peaks.html That is: Sunday: Humphrey's Peak; Tuesday: Wheeler; Thursday: Massive; Friday: Elbert; Saturday: Pike's (abbreviated); Sunday: Black Mesa. We unfortunately will not be staying overnight in Albuquerque. We still need to figure out accommodations (i.e. what nights we want a hostel/hotel)… Monday or Tuesday night we can stay in Taos, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday night we're in Leadville/Aspen, CO, and Saturday we're in Colorado Springs (I unfortunately know nothing about Colorado Springs, I added Pike's Peak on at the last minute).

    June 22, 2014

  • Rosario R.

    DUE OR DIE HIKE!!!!!!! :)

    June 20, 2014

  • Clara C.

    If you guys ever do this again on a different date - I am so in! This is amazing!

    June 20, 2014

  • Pam

    This sounds SO COOL!! I would LOVE to do something like this!! I just joined the group though today so not sure I should commit to this big of a hike right off the bat. However, I will think about it. In the meantime I'm gonna try to make some of the hikes between now and then so maybe I can meet some of ya'll. :)

    1 · June 12, 2014

  • michal

    looks like my knees will not be ready for this outing! The other knee seems to be glitched now... probably from favoring the injured knee!? Oh, well... guess I can't complain too much; it has been a great hiking year... hope it will pick back up soon.

    June 10, 2014

  • Rosario R.

    NOOOOO! You mean my job as a van driver might be over and done :(

    See you all on the trails!
    RR

    June 7, 2014

  • michal

    I'll sign on as an alternate... if there is space in the cars, I'm in... if not, no problem!

    April 22, 2014

    • michal

      ...and... I need to have my knee fully healed! Hopefully, it will all work out!

      1 · May 21, 2014

  • David

    And I'm retired too Pauline. Have four backpacks, four sleeping bags, three tents, and a bunch more stuff.

    April 6, 2014

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