Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 26
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Rio Rancho, NM
    Hammock
    DIY 11 footers
    Tarp
    Chinook
    Insulation
    AHE and GoLite
    Suspension
    Webbing cinch
    Posts
    295
    Images
    21

    Thumbs up Backpacking trip into the Pecos Wilderness

    Good day fine folks, thought I would share my experience of a great trip into the Pecos Wilderness, in the heart of the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico!

    We hiked for 3+ hours from the Cowles trailhead up trail 271, reaching Lake Stewart after 6.5 miles. It was just geting dark around that time, so we setup our shelters pretty quick, unfortunately in a bit of wind.

    My backpacking partner was in a nice Go-lite bottomless tent type of shelter, I think we both had our shelters up in the same amount of time.

    I was using my trusty Chinook 12x9.6 tarp, with DIY sock and DIY tablecloth inside. The sock was a necessity for the weekend, the temps were already plenty low, but the wind amplified it. It got down to 25 overnight....



    Sorry, I messed up and didn't get too many detailed shots of my rig....

    We had our dinners, and decided to make a fire to keep us busy instead of going to bed too early.....me and my buddy were laughing at ourselves and how terrible of a fire it was....next night's fire was much better.

    My sleeping patterns for the weekend were kinda off, I was mostly kept awake by the wind...my Insulbright PLUQ wasn't snugged up enough to the hammock, so my rear was a lil cold. I used a pad the second night and I was warmer, but maybe a bit less comfy.

    Dawn at Lake Stewart


    Saturday morning we had breakfast and started loading up daypacks to hike to Lake Katherine @ 11, 742 ft. After a couple trail junctions we noticed that the snowpack was going to be a factor for the entire hike, but it was fairly dry snow and our shoes were resisting the water well. At some points we were postholing into the snow about 6-8 inches. The snow also made the trail hard to follow at some points, but we kept our heads and stayed on trail.



    Finally made it to Lake Katherine, water was drunk, food was eaten, pictures were taken....





    The hike back down from the lake took a lot less time....we made it back "home" and tried to relax and eat for a bit.

    My buddy Cesar started to gather wood for a good fire and I showed him how to build a self-feeding fire, which if you have not tried, you must! Just google it, it's a fire that requires no tinkering, no adding wood to keep it going. You will end up with a bed of coals only rivaled by Hades...great for boiling water....I only had to get pot NEAR the coals to get it boiling...crazy hot.



    It was nice and calm while we were hanging out and eating, but when we bedded down the wind started to pick up big time.

    So in the AM (wind was even stronger), when I finally decided to crawl out of the hammock sock, Cesar was quickly taking down his tent and gear because right near both of us was a massive tree that was pulling it's root ball out of ground, creating this huge crack in the ground! Didn't get a pic of it when it was rising, but Cesar saw it rise up to six inches out of the ground as we left...



    So we got all packed up but wanted to have breakfast first....so I go over to our kitchen area where we had been eating all weekend and fire up the alky stove. The wind was still blowing plenty hard and I started to hear a tree behind me creaking and groaning. I turned around and identified which tree was making the noise and decided to keep an eye on it. It was only ten seconds later that the **** thing blew down on top of me!!!! no joke! I turned around to see it coming straight on me, I scrambled away and jumped for cover as a branch tagged my arm. It was friggin nuts. So of course we had to take pics and video for the complete experience!





    It fell right where I was sitting, put several holes in my sleeping pad, broke my tupperware bowl, bent my pot lid, and knocked over the lit alky stove almost causing another mini-disaster!





    So of course we are freaked out now, the wind is still blowing hard so we decide to skeedaddle and have breakfast in a "safer" locale.



    It was kind of a tiring hike back down, my ankles/tendons/calves/ligaments were screaming in protest of the descent.



    It was a great trip, I appreciated my buddy Cesar being there, he helped me out a couple times with hot water, clams (whoobuddy!), finishing my boil on his stove and lent me a guyline so I could bring my tarp "doors" in. Thanks man!

    Thanks to HF for all of the inspiration and tips also!
    seeya

    Picture credits to Cesar!
    Last edited by priller; 12-06-2012 at 08:53.

  2. #2
    dragon360's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Toronto, ON
    Hammock
    WBBB/TR, DIY, HH, SB DL, GT UL
    Tarp
    ID/OES/WB/WL
    Insulation
    HG/WB/Go-Lite/WB
    Suspension
    Whoopie/Straps/DW
    Posts
    6,295
    Images
    1
    Now that looks like a fun trip and you got your heart rate up and going for sure!
    The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering. - St. Augustine

    Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
    - Bob Marley

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Rio Rancho, NM
    Hammock
    DIY 11 footers
    Tarp
    Chinook
    Insulation
    AHE and GoLite
    Suspension
    Webbing cinch
    Posts
    295
    Images
    21
    OMG it was a rush for sure.

  4. #4
    Old Gorge Rat Hawk-eye's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Oak Ridge & Linville Gorge, North Carolina
    Hammock
    HHE, 2QZQ Mod4, Jerry 5 DIY
    Tarp
    HG Cuben/SFly Camo
    Insulation
    HammockGear Prod.
    Suspension
    Use them all!
    Posts
    9,809
    Images
    3
    Not sure what you did to piss off those trees but geesh! ... glad you fellers were safe and sound and had a great trip!

    WARNING: Will discuss Rhurbarb Strawberry Pie and Livermush at random.


    "A democracy is two wolves and a small lamb voting on what to have for dinner.
    Freedom under a constitutional republic is a well armed lamb contesting the vote." ... B.Franklin


    Home of the Gorge Rats: Linville Gorge
    My Videos YouTube Channel
    Photo collections Flickr Photostream


    Gorge Rat Productions On FaceBook

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Rio Rancho, NM
    Hammock
    DIY 11 footers
    Tarp
    Chinook
    Insulation
    AHE and GoLite
    Suspension
    Webbing cinch
    Posts
    295
    Images
    21
    Quote Originally Posted by Hawk-eye View Post
    Not sure what you did to piss off those trees but geesh! ... glad you fellers were safe and sound and had a great trip!
    Yah I was joking with Cesar that the trees were mad at us for making such a big hot fire the night before....

  6. #6
    KefWalker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    ABQ, NM
    Hammock
    WBBB 1.1 DL
    Tarp
    WB SuperFly
    Insulation
    Shamu, CrowsNest
    Suspension
    AHE Whoopie Slings
    Posts
    172
    Images
    11
    Now that's an exciting trip! Looks like you made pretty good time getting to Stewart Lake considering it's practically straight up for most of the trail! Or feels like it anyway . Glad the killer trees didn't get you...
    Solvitur Ambulando - Diogenes

  7. #7
    Raoul Duke's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    San Antonio, Texas
    Hammock
    WL Lite Owl, WB Ridgerunner
    Tarp
    WL Tadpole
    Insulation
    AE Jarbidge, bag
    Suspension
    buckles/whoopies
    Posts
    92
    Great report, even with the close call!

    When I lived in the ABQ a few years back, I spent many a weekend in the Pecos Wilderness, particularly in the area of Lake Peak, Penitente Peak, and Santa Fe Baldy/Nambe Basin. That's pretty country. Thanks for sharing.

  8. #8
    Senior Member blaktee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Idaho Falls, ID
    Hammock
    DIY Gathered End
    Tarp
    HG Cuben Hex
    Insulation
    HG:Burrow/Incubato
    Suspension
    Whoopie Slings
    Posts
    484
    now that's a trip you wont forget!!! The frozen lake looks way cool to!!!

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Rio Rancho, NM
    Hammock
    DIY 11 footers
    Tarp
    Chinook
    Insulation
    AHE and GoLite
    Suspension
    Webbing cinch
    Posts
    295
    Images
    21
    Quote Originally Posted by KefWalker View Post
    Now that's an exciting trip! Looks like you made pretty good time getting to Stewart Lake considering it's practically straight up for most of the trail! Or feels like it anyway . Glad the killer trees didn't get you...
    Yah it was a great trip....yes the trail starts off kinda violently, but seems to taper towards the end. We were under a minor time crunch on the way up, in order to get there with a little light left so we tried to keep moving...

    It's a beautiful area for sure, but actualy I want to go explore that area you went to recently, is it the Ouachita Wilderness? Looks nice and gentle compared to the Pecos!

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Rio Rancho, NM
    Hammock
    DIY 11 footers
    Tarp
    Chinook
    Insulation
    AHE and GoLite
    Suspension
    Webbing cinch
    Posts
    295
    Images
    21
    Quote Originally Posted by Raoul Duke View Post
    Great report, even with the close call!

    When I lived in the ABQ a few years back, I spent many a weekend in the Pecos Wilderness, particularly in the area of Lake Peak, Penitente Peak, and Santa Fe Baldy/Nambe Basin. That's pretty country. Thanks for sharing.
    You bet, glad to put up some nice pictures that I poached from my buddy. It's my first trip report, and a doozy at that!

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •