Guadalupe Peak – take two, and finally in the rearview mirror.
When the NOAA weather forecast looks like this, you know it’s going to be fun:
URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Midland/Odessa TX
151 PM CDT Tue Mar 29 2022
…HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM CDT /NOON MDT/WEDNESDAY…
* WHAT…West winds 45 to 55 mph with gusts up to 75 mph expected.
* WHERE…Guadalupe and Delaware Mountains, and Davis Mountains.
* WHEN…Until 1 PM CDT /noon MDT/ Wednesday.
It’s a good thing I have quality hardshell clothing and I weigh a lot. 75mph gusts would blow Colette right on over to Kansas along with Dorothy and Toto. After spending last night hunkered down in the Pod getting blown around in the rest area up the road, I’m ready to be done with this wind!
But I keep reminding myself that if I just suffer through this, I never have any reason to come back to Texas again in my lifetime. That’s some pretty good motivation.
8.4 miles, under 3000 feet of elevation, no ice and snow, and an 8,571 foot peak – if it weren’t for this windstorm it would just be an easy walkup.
The old saying is that everything is bigger in Texas. I think that’s just their trucks and their egos, because it certainly isn’t their highpoints. AllTrails rates this as strenuous, but I’m guessing none of these people go to Colorado (and we don’t want them anyway).
What starts as gale-force wind turned to an ice storm somewhere around 7,500 feet, with crazy square ice chunks blowing out of the clouds on the west side of the mountains. I don’t think I’ve ever seen square chunks whipping through the air, and with this wind I’d bet they would cut you open on exposed skin. Again, I’m thankful to have good hardshell gear.
Everything sticking out of the ground above this is quickly coated in ice – trees, shrubs, even cactus. Cold, but very cool to see. Almost like walking through an ice sculpture garden.
The minute you descend below the cloud bank, the ice stops and you’re back to desert mountain views. I passed a few people on their way up, I figure they’ll have their own stories to share about crazy mountain weather.
Texas in the rearview. It’s a nice feeling to have that highpoint done!
Blue and White
White White White
A quick video at the socked-in summit
Fairytale Ice Sculptures
Such Cool Ice Sculptures!