Santa Fe Baldy

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  1. hicountry

    hicountry Blue Granite Bushcraft Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Santa Fe Baldy, 12632 elevation.
    Highest point in the lower Sangre de Cristo range.
    Rated Strenuous-Difficult 14 miles round trip

    Great outing with no storms in the forecast.
    Locals proudly call this “the hike of hikes.”
    We would soon find out why !

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    We're here NE of Santa Fe, New Mexico !
    Starting point is the Ski Basin parking, 10,200'

    Fact is : You won't be going any lower for the rest of the day. Take your time and keep hydrated so the lungs don’t dry out.

    Combined uphill elevation gains will surpass 3500'. Altitude gain is 2,400’

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    After a 1/2 mile steep climb, you enter the Pecos Wilderness and take the historic Windsor Trail.
    Path is rocky but grades are decent and a good warm up for the final climb.

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    Couple of water crossings

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    Little monster.

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    First view of the summit.

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    Spring flowers had long faded but wild strawberries were in season.


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    Puerto Nambé meadows marks the 2/3 point of the distance
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    Lunch break

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  2. hicountry

    hicountry Blue Granite Bushcraft Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Climbing starts now on the Skyline Trail.
    11,000' up to the top which is 12,600 plus.

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    Break time before the summit climb.
    At least our guide thought it was a good idea !

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    Friendly Marmots in the final climb through the boulders

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    The top. 58732812726__2861F415-7C3D-44E1-807E-DAFAFF89EE57.JPG

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    Overall, the hike was tough, altitude is definitely an issue.
    Drank 3 liters of water, probably needed more.

    Felt good coming home to a bowl of Bœuf Bourguignon !
    Juicy stew is a good ending for walking high and dry all day.

    Thanks for coming along !
     
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  3. Primordial

    Primordial MOA #40 Supporter

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    Looked like some awesome scenery! Those were some good sized amanita muscaria shrooms too!

    Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Good stuff. Fresh thin air up there. Thanks for sharing with us.
     
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    Thanks for the great pics!
     
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    hicountry Blue Granite Bushcraft Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    They were popping up everywhere.

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    Primordial MOA #40 Supporter

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    You could have flown around that mountain top if you knew what to do with those lol.
     
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    Nice, beautiful pictures

    GOD Bless you and your family

    Kenneth
     
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    HA! That's exactly what I was thinking!

    Hell of a hike! Thanks for taking us along Brother
     
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    Well done. Quite the accomplishment at this elevations....great pictures a bonus!
     
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    WOW thanks for the ride along

    that area has a special place in our family's hearts

    dad n his siblings started doing summers in the Pecos Wilderness in the 1930's progressing to attending Summer Camp @ the Seton Village

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seton_Village

    dad started taking us up there in the mid 1950's and until i lost my lung capacity in 2011 i continued making pilgrimages to the area for camping snow skiing and soaking up the culture

    i never made it to the top of Baldy butt did make it way on up in there on horseback several times

    that pic/view from the top of Baldy sure brings back some fond rememberies

    THANKS AGAIN
     
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    hicountry Blue Granite Bushcraft Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Close friend in the orange shirt lives at the base.
    Lucky guy for sure.
     
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    Amazing scenery. Stellar actually.

    Those Amanita Muscaria shrooms would have made you bound and leap like Santa's reindeer if you downed a a bit of them. Those are the Santa Claus mushrooms.
     
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    nice and energetic ; good job
     
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    hicountry Blue Granite Bushcraft Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    I'm going to do it again soon with some new friends.
    I'll try and take better pics.
    All I had was the phone.

    360's from the summit are off the charts.
    I'll try and get them on film.
     
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    I saw that and thought "I'm going to comment on the size of that Amanita." Then as I scrolled through the rest of the post I thought "I bet @Primordial has already beat me to it.
     
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    Quite a climb!
    Thanks for sharing it with us.
     
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    The Pecos wilderness is a special place. I used to backpack into places like Stewart lake and Spirit lake. Enormous trout that nobody ever caught. Bighorn sheep just hanging around. Thanks for taking us along.
     
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    Thanks again for reminding me why we're retiring to Santa Fe. Already bought the house, just waiting on the wife's retirement clock to run out.
     
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    I think I did a little of this hike many many years ago. My sister lives in Santa Fe and the handful of times I've been out there weve done a couple hikes. My favorite is Tent Rocks. Ive been there every time I've visited lol
     
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    Thanks for the trip report. I love New Mexico! Your knife looks awfully familiar.
     
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    hicountry Blue Granite Bushcraft Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    The knife ?
    Now I recall the source :D
    It’s a keeper.
    Love the carbon steel.
    Haven’t had the cold nerve to strike it against a piece of flint to spark char cloth.
    Maybe in a real survival situation.
    That might be coming !
     
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    Lovely trip. Cool and fresh up there.
     
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    Bonjour Crowe.
    I used to live at the foot of Mt Ventoux in Provence ...
    How I miss La douce France !
     
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