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Turtles & ice cream

With summer setting in, it gets difficult to go hiking on busy weekends or get up earlier and earlier to beat the heat. For those living in in town (Las Cruces), there's no reason we can't fit a quick urban hike after work.

Tortugas Mountain (aka "A Mountain", because it has a big "A" on it as seen from NMSU/Interstate 25) is an urban mountain with many, many hiking trails to explore. Every Tuesday evening, I'd like to go out there, pick a random trail when we get there, and get a few miles in during the week.

I have no intention of staying out past sunset, which limits hiking time to some 2 hours, and distance to some 6–7 mi, maximum.

Routes may vary: we'll may walk around the mountain first and take the easy (road) way up, or go quickly and take a steep route. I also had the idea to play a game with a coin and at each trail junction, flip it to see which way to go. Etc etc.

Afterwards, Baskin Robbins has dollar scoop night—child-size scoops are $1, and full-size scoops $1.50 for all sorbets and ice creams. Make sure to burn enough calories to earn yourself a cone if you decide to join.

DISTANCE is variable depending on what we decide to do. Please plan between 2 and 6 mi.

ELEVATION GAIN is variable, but it is some 1000 ft to the top of Tortugas Mountain.

FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!

DURATION: variable; we finish when we finish. I aim for getting done by 8:30 pm or earlier.

PET FRIENDLY? Yes. Bring a muzzle (you shouldn't need be told to bring a proper leash).

SKILL LEVEL is variable. If you're a beginner, please come and let us know—we'll pick an easier route!

TERRAIN is loose, steep mountainside. I personally stay on trails but we may go off if people desire something more challenging.

WEATHER is clear, though sometimes it's windy on the top.

AFTERWARDS I am going to dollar scoop night at Baskin Robbins—feel free to join!

MEET at:

  • Las Cruces: 6:30 pm at Tortugas Mountain's Sunset Parking lot. See map.

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  • David

    Umm ...

    July 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a light too..I just didn't take it out

    July 17, 2012

  • David

    Timmy's and mine were MUCH brighter.

    July 17, 2012

  • Timmy

    haha PS Martha no one cares if you had a light

    July 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I believe in sticking together, as a group it's easier to handle situations that may arise especially with smaller groups...P.S. I had a light as well Lol

    July 16, 2012

  • David

    I had two. A person can never have too many flashlights.

    July 16, 2012

  • Timmy

    haha yeah I think you and I were the only ones who actually brought lights

    July 16, 2012

  • David

    Yep. Guess work in the dark is never good.

    July 16, 2012

  • Timmy

    David I agree that safety is not the issue on this particular hike. I think it is more about the overall responsibility of the leader/organizer of any particular hike. I also agree that a other experienced hikers can and should support when they are needed. Unfortunately the person who was asked to take us back really didnt know what trail to take...it was all guess work. On this hike it was easy to find our way back, but this is not a first time. I think that's what got all these post started

    July 16, 2012

  • David

    (Ran out of characters), because it was getting late. But I don't think it was a serious error in judgement because the group was in the hands of several experienced hikers and Samat knew that.

    July 16, 2012

  • David

    I think it's fair for the organizer to rely on support from other reliable, experienced hikers. I was happy to stay with Linda, loan her my hiking pole, and make sure she got back ok. Samat knew I was doing that. Timmy was with the rest of the group. I have been on many Meetup hikes where the group spread out into several smaller groups, but each with an experienced member. I don't think safety was ever in question. I agree that it was a mistake for Samat to head up the hill with Yubao,

    July 16, 2012

  • Timmy

    I thought long and hard about responding to the recent posts, but it has really been eating away at me so here it goes...Samat already appologized about leaving the group so I hope it turns into a learning point for him...as for some peoples idea of what it means to be a responsible leader/organizer I believe they are clouded to say the least...Yubao if you would like to discuss this further please let me know. I would love to explain to you why some of us feel the way we do.

    July 16, 2012

  • Yubao

    As to Samat as a hiking leader, based on the countless (seriously, I could not count them, not even with all my fingers and toes together) hikes I participated while Samat was the leader, my personal opinion is, he is a responsible, quality leader.

    July 16, 2012

  • Yubao

    It was me who egged Samat on to follow up that rocky side. I don't think it's quite fair to blame it all on Samat. For being inconsiderate in that particular situation (it was getting dark and there were members not familiar with the trail), I apologize.

    July 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Martha, there is never a good reason for an organizer to continue on the hike and leave his/her members behind because they want to explore without the group. If the group cannot continue together then the organizer needs to lead the group back, especially if people don't know the area or the trail. How many times do people have to get lost before before anyone learns! Can't say you weren't warned by many!

    July 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The hike was great and I enjoyed it but with all due respect the organizer's only position is to stay with the group until the end of the hike, some of us never been to that trail before.

    July 11, 2012

  • Samat

    GPS track (for the way I went): http://runkeeper.com/user/tamasrepus/activity/101089708. (~3.23 mi) Also, my apologies for wandering off at the end, sort of got into a position where it was easier to keep going than turn around. A heads up for who those who didn't notice: this hike was a bit more difficult than usual. Hope everyone still had fun and will be back!

    July 11, 2012

  • Samat

    Was a bit more difficult than planned. Weather cooperated -- no rain at all! My apologies for wandering off towards the end up back up the mountain...

    July 11, 2012

  • David

    You never know how these things are going to turn out, but it was a fun group and an interesting adventure.

    July 11, 2012

  • Samat

    There is some rain in the far west, but otherwise the area around A Mountain and the Organs looks more clear than it did this morning. Not cancelling --- but please bring rainwear and a pancho!

    July 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nah...I'll give it a shot. The weather is about the same here in EP...if I see it getting really nasty then I'll cancel. I'm still up for it!

    July 10, 2012

  • Samat

    The weather still looks nice, but is set to get worse... plan on making the call 3 or 4 pm. Though, unless it is pouring, like Yubao, I'll probably go anyway. If you're coming from ELP you may want to stay home.

    July 10, 2012

  • Yubao

    I plan to go for one.

    July 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anything on today's hike???

    July 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    :(

    July 9, 2012

  • Samat

    50% chance of thunderstorms tomorrow --- we may have to cancel (I don't mind rain, but I'm not a fan of lightning). Please check your e-mail!

    July 9, 2012

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