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Trip Report: Guadalupe Peak and El Capitan Summit Aug 5 - 6

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Offline nathanr

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Re: Trip Report: Guadalupe Peak and El Capitan Summit Aug 5 - 6
« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2018, 12:26:26 PM »
Excellent trip! Impressive route for middle of summer. Just my opinion, but good decision not heading out to the four tallest route in August. there’s no relief from the sun anywhere on that route - save it for a colder season. El Cap is a real accomplishment. Well done!

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Offline wrangler88

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Re: Trip Report: Guadalupe Peak and El Capitan Summit Aug 5 - 6
« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2018, 02:42:13 PM »


This is part 2 of my trip for anyone interested. It covers the El Capitan hike. One of the best hikes I've ever done for sure.

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Offline wrangler88

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Re: Trip Report: Guadalupe Peak and El Capitan Summit Aug 5 - 6
« Reply #17 on: August 13, 2018, 02:45:08 PM »


Also, I know most people aren't into this kind of backpacking, but this is exactly what I carried for anyone who was wondering. It's not my every trip kind of list. Tried to push my limits a little bit. But it was still pretty fun.

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Offline wrangler88

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Re: Trip Report: Guadalupe Peak and El Capitan Summit Aug 5 - 6
« Reply #18 on: August 13, 2018, 02:48:36 PM »
Great trip report!  Your videos are so good; such a pleasure to watch!  Can't wait for Part 2.  I never felt motivated to camp at Guadalupe Peak, since you can't go anywhere from there, except back down.  But your trip report, coupled with a bad case of cabin fever (haven't been out since May of last year!) makes the idea look attractive.

I never get excited about Guadalupe Peak either. Mainly just because off all the people that do that trail and for the reason you already said about the trail not connecting anywhere. The peak itself was cool and it's own unique experience getting time up there by myself. But doing the El Capitan summit really made it something special.

I hope you get a chance to get back out there. I enjoy your trip reports.

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Offline wrangler88

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Re: Trip Report: Guadalupe Peak and El Capitan Summit Aug 5 - 6
« Reply #19 on: August 13, 2018, 02:54:38 PM »
There are still big gaps in time in the register. I only snapped a picture of my entry. There are only a handful of entries per year.  I had most people tell me they didn't know you can do that. I honestly had never done any off trail until I did Mt Pratt last year. I still like hiking trails but it's cool to have new peaks and destinations opened up by going off trail. I definitely have the exact loop you mentioned for Bush and Bartlett in mind.

GUMO can be pretty difficult regarding bushwhacking and peakbagging in my experience.  The combination of brush, terrain, and very sparse info make it a gamble.  If you've got Pratt and El Cap under your belt, then nothing else will be beyond your abilities.  Here's a link to the Bush-Bartlett-Shumard loop I did in April with downloadable GPS track:

http://www.peakbagger.com/climber/ascent.aspx?aid=949182

A few notes though...  Ignore the part where I went off-trail to the north looking (unsuccessfully) for that B-24 wreck.  I camped at Bush Mt and did the peak, plus Blue Ridge and Blue Ridge North the first day.  The second day was direct to Bartlett and Shumard, with not nearly enough water.  One tricky area is a section of mini-cliffs on the south face of Bartlett (near the top), which I scrambled around; might be easier a few yards to the east.  There second tricky/steep part is where I dropped into Pine Spring Canyon above Devil's Hall.  I think that wash will "go" the entire way up/down, so I would scout a route just north of my entry to be safe.  Despite tempting death, I'm convinced the loop is the better way to return from Shumard, by far.  4.4 liters was not enough for what I did by at least 1L.  It's an adventure for sure, with the same flavor as the El Capitan route.

BTW, I liked the part of your video with all of the reef fossils.  I spent my whole trip looking for some, and only found a few shells on the way out.

That's pretty much the next loop I had in mind. Thanks a lot for the info. I also have that plane crash site on my list of things I want to do out there. Funny how when I started crossing things off my list of what I wanted to do/see st GUMO, (I originally just planned to hike all the trails and got that done last year) I figured out the list never gets shorter. It only gets longer.


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Offline rocketman

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Re: Trip Report: Guadalupe Peak and El Capitan Summit Aug 5 - 6
« Reply #20 on: August 13, 2018, 04:27:30 PM »
Great videos man! Love the forest scene on your arm! I've never found anything I wanted permanently inked into my skin, but that one has me thinking....
Making ice cubes FROM THE SUN!!!

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Offline Imre

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Re: Trip Report: Guadalupe Peak and El Capitan Summit Aug 5 - 6
« Reply #21 on: August 13, 2018, 07:53:02 PM »
Did you happen to see any ladybugs up there? On at least two previous occasions I have seen astonishing (to me anyway) numbers of ladybugs at or near the peak. Apparently they congregate during migration.
For every complex problem there is a solution that is simple, obvious, and wrong.
- H.L. Mencken

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Offline backpacker56

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Re: Trip Report: Guadalupe Peak and El Capitan Summit Aug 5 - 6
« Reply #22 on: August 14, 2018, 08:42:36 AM »
Back in my rock climbing days in the Organ Mountains, we saw masses of ladybugs on the summits time after time, so much so that we began referring to them as "summit bugs".
"Ah, sure, I'm a gnawed old bone now, but say, don't you guys think the spirit's gone!"

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Offline wrangler88

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Re: Trip Report: Guadalupe Peak and El Capitan Summit Aug 5 - 6
« Reply #23 on: August 14, 2018, 11:34:17 AM »
Did you happen to see any ladybugs up there? On at least two previous occasions I have seen astonishing (to me anyway) numbers of ladybugs at or near the peak. Apparently they congregate during migration.

I didnt personally see any. But I didnt look. I've seen pictures of what you are talking about though. I guess it's not the right time of year yet? I'm really not sure. But one lady that was on the summit of Guadalupe Peak when I first got up there saw one or two and was talking about it because last time she had been up, there were a ton up there.

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Offline juanff2006

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Re: Trip Report: Guadalupe Peak and El Capitan Summit Aug 5 - 6
« Reply #24 on: August 31, 2018, 06:00:28 PM »
I plan to do el cap next week (fingers crossed)


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