Troop 11's Winter Campout: Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Caverns
All Troop 11 scouts and adult leaders who want to attend must register using this Eventbrite.
Registration opens on November 6 and closes on November 13, 2017. The price is $400 for scouts and adults.
When: Survey says...January 2 to January 7, 2018
Where: Road trip to Guadalupe Mountains National Park in west Texas and Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southeast New Mexico
Who: This is a hiking and backpacking campout in winter weather. All campers should be in condition to complete an ascent of Guadalupe Peak, the "Top of Texas." The trail is a very strenuous 8½ mile hike with a 3,000 foot elevation gain - but our hikers can take day packs. It will take from 6 to 8 hours to complete the round trip which we will undertake in one day. We will also be backpacking with full packs into the backcountry of Guadalupe Mountains National Park with a possible 9 mile hike to a campsite and then a nine mile hike out. An alternative to the backcountry hike would be day hikes on the Devil's Hall Trail and the Bear Canyon Trail while sleeping at base camp. We will then travel together to the close-by Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico and take a ranger-guided tour of the deep caves.
Average temperatures in Guadalupe Mountain National Park on these dates in January are highs of 58° and lows of 24°.
This campout is part of the Troop's preparation for Philmont 2018. Registration may be limited. Priority will be given in the order of sign-ups on the survey.
Our current plan:
Tuesday, Jauary 2: 6:00am departure from the parking lot at the Target at Memorial City for Guadalupe Mountains National Park (9 hour and 37 minute drive time, 645 miles, I-10 W to US-285 N to RM 652 W.) A departure from "west" Houston will allow us to keep our time on the road under 10 hours. Arrive at Pine Springs Group Campsite (our base camp) about 5pm (MST) and overnight there.
Wednesday, January 3: Hike Guadalupe Peak. Camp overnight at Pine Springs Group Campsite.
Thursday, January 4: Backpack into Guadalupe Mountains backcountryand camp at the Blue Ridge Backcountry Campground OR Day hiking in GMNP and camp at Pine Springs Group Campsite
Saturday, January 6: Drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park (46 minute drive from Pine Springs Campground.) Take the self-guided tour from the Natural Entrance to the Big Room and a ranger guided tour. Drive to Junction, Texas and overnight camp at South Llano River State Park (5 hours and 29 minutes drive time, 359 miles.)
Sunday, January 7: Return to Houston hopefully by 2:00pm (4 hours 40 minutes drive time, 317 miles to First Presbyterian Church.)
Our schedule may change depending on the weather.
Please let me know if you have any questions,