Camaraderie-a spirit of familiarity and trust existing between friends...
Who: Gary Blackwelder, Josh Causey, Jeremy Hendrix, Dee Peppers, and me...
Where: Guadalupe Mountains (Tejas Trail/Blue Ridge Trail)
Mileage: 16.7 miles
Elevation gain: A whole lot...like several thousands a lot.
Guadalupe Mountauns...Tejas Trail...Day 1...is definitely the hardest day of backpacking I have been on. I've backpacked the Grand Canyon, Ouachitas, Ozarks and hiked throughout Colorado and this is hands down, the most difficult so far...Reason why? I've never been to a place where there is no water source. I carried three days of water on my back, which easily added 20+ pounds to my pack. Let's say the first day was absolutely brutal…I now realize I've taken for granted backpacking areas where rivers, streams, and lakes are a plentiful...I also have taken water for granted in general.