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Climbing School Graduates Penitente and Tres Piedras Trips (May 26/27 and/or June 8/9)

Leader: 
Norbert Ensslin and John Pianezze
Date: 
Sun, 2013-05-26
Difficulty: 
Easy
Technicality: 
Moderate

The two trips to Penitente and Tres Piedras will continue John Pianezze's series of trips for climbing school graduates from this year or other recent years.  These are intended to be fun, moderate outings to some of our favorite climbing areas so that graduates can continue to improve their climbing skills and get a reward for their hard work during the school!  Both areas provide opportunities to toprope climbs in the 5.6 to 5.10 range, and Penitente also provides opportunities to do easy leads in the 5.6 to 5.8 range.
 

Cruces Basin 2-night backpack

Leader: 
Bill Priedhorsky
Date: 
Sat, 2013-05-25
Difficulty: 
Easy
Technicality: 
Beginner

I would like to announce a backpacking trip into Cruces Basin for Memorial Day weekend (May 25-27).  Cruces Basin is pristine wilderness located west of San Antonio mountain near the New Mexico/ Colorado border.  This trip will be a mellow and family-friendly adventure with a short hike to our camp followed by  hikes to explore the Basin.  We can break into groups for day hiking, for those that want to adventure out further and those that want to do shorter day hikes.  There have been previous trips into Cruces Basin by the Mountaineers, all of which have been a great time.  Please see the

Spanish Peaks Climb and Exploration

Leader: 
Michael Altherr
Date: 
Fri, 2013-05-24
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Technicality: 
Moderate

 
Both an Objective Oriented and Exploratory Trip to the Spanish Peaks Widerness.
Overview: As long as I have traveled South along I-25, the Spanish Peaks have callled to me like the sirens of Greek mythology. This has been going on for over 35 years. It is time to answer the sirens call. Attractions: Interesting geologic formations, and stunning views being the eastern most prominences rising to over 10,000’ above the great prairie.

Climbing School - Graduates' fun day

Leader: 
John Pianezze
Date: 
Sun, 2013-05-19
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Technicality: 
Moderate

The end of Climbing School has left a hole to fill: what’s next? With the help of our instructors I got a few ideas on some good places outside the White Rock area, where students can improve their skills, learn more about leading, and enjoy the great vertical outdoors.

The first of these trips will be at Las Conchas.

This trip is only for this year's Climbing School Graduates, as well as recent graduates. If you graduated within the past few years, and you didn't get much of a chance to practice - now is the time!

South Fork Ticaboo Llama Expedition May 4-12, 2013

Leader: 
Bill Priedhorsky
Date: 
Sat, 2013-05-04
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Technicality: 
Moderate

Trip is full.  Once again we return to the Canyon Country, in what, according to my best reckoning, is my 100th lifetime trip. Our goal is the South Fork of Ticaboo Creek, accessible by trail from its south rim by people and llamas. Our previous trips to this country have targeted the nearby main fork, and we spent little time in the South Fork (see the 2009 trip report). The upstream terrain in the South Fork offers a new range of adventures - we can expect the usual domes, slickrock, and slot canyons.

Twelve-mile hike to Yapashi Pueblo and the Shrine of the Stone Lions

Leader: 
Bart Olinger
Date: 
Sat, 2013-05-04
Difficulty: 
Hard
Technicality: 
Moderate

 
 

Wheeler Peak Snowshoe

Leader: 
Kelly Gallagher and Jean Dewart
Date: 
Sun, 2013-04-28
Difficulty: 
Hard
Technicality: 
Moderate

Still haven't made it to the highest point in New Mexico?  Join us for a hike to Wheeler Peak.

The Williams Lake trail to the summit is approximately 7 miles round trip
and is a steep switchback class 2 trail.  Total elevation gain of 2,970 ft; highest elevation 13,161 ft.  Moderate pace. We expect to start out on snow, and will finish the peak hiking.  Limit of 12 hikers.  One or two dogs ok, must have leash.

Guaje Ridge Shakedown

Leader: 
Bart Olinger
Date: 
Sat, 2013-04-27
Difficulty: 
Hard
Technicality: 
Moderate

This hike is number 36 in Craig Martin's 100 hikes in New Mexico. Craig says the elevations are from 7,025 to 8,790 ft with 2,200 ft of elevation gain. We will start at Guaje Pine(s) Cemetery, the lowest point, taking the Perimeter trail to the Mitchell trail, then hike up to the Guaje Ridge trail, then east to the Cabra trail, and finally hike down to Rendija Canyon and back to the cemetery. This is the route of the Jemez Trail Run 1/2 marathon, minus the Posse Shack spur.The distance is about 10 miles and is an excellent shakedown hike for the upcoming hiking season.

Zuni-Acoma Trail hike in the El Malpais Nat'l Monument (near Grants, NM)

Leader: 
Jean Dewart and Mary Thompson
Date: 
Fri, 2013-04-19
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Technicality: 
Moderate

 

Two day yurt trip near Cumbres pass

Leader: 
Momo Vuyisich
Date: 
Fri, 2013-04-19
Difficulty: 
Easy
Technicality: 
Beginner

AS OF MARCH 26, THERE IS ONE SLOT AVAILABLE FOR THIS TRIP
Please join us on an overnight yurt trip in southern Colorado. You can either snowshoe or ski to the yurt. This is a very easy trip, requiring only 2.5 miles of hiking and 400 ft of elevation gain to the yurt.
We will drive to Cumbres pass on Friday, April 19, hike to the yurt, and enjoy great views at sunset. In the morning, we will go on a short hike to the nearby ridge for some more great views. We will then return to our cars and drive home.
The yurt can sleep 6, and the cost is $25 per person.

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