This winter’s rampage of high points began with Humphreys Peak in Arizona. During a visit to Flagstaff in November, we reveled in the mild ‘late fall’ conditions. Looking up at the snow-free mountain urged us to plan a family day hike to the 12,633-foot summit. It would be our son’s highest point to date at the ripe old age of 18 months.
As we traveled around the Southwest, opportunities arose for more peak bagging adventures for the whole family. A quick layover on the way to Big Bend National Park allowed us to tour the surprisingly impressive Carlsbad Caverns and enjoy a pleasant day hike to the summit of Guadalupe Peak (highest point in Texas at 8,751 feet). An editorial assignment took us back to the Superstition Mountains and an airy scramble to a peak soon to be scraped clean by a mining operation. Going up Picketpost Mountain with a 25-pound little one on our backs was strenuous. Reversing that route in the dark by headlamp was advanced.
Since our impromptu early winter start, we’ve been bagging peaks as a family whenever we get the chance. On a recent stint in New Mexico, the cold, windy trek to the top of Wheeler Peak pushed our comfort zone and Dusty’s new high point to over 13,000 feet. A storm moved in the next day and dumped two-feet of much needed snow on the San Juans. Now our little guy has been up a dozen different mountains and has bagged a handful of state high points. It can be a lot of work getting him up there, and sometimes it doesn’t go to smoothly. But sharing in the effort and spectacular views together is more than worth it.
Cheers | Matt, Agnes, Dusty