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Redemption Hike / Climb


Sunday, February 02, 2014

On our New Mexico trip last week, we went for a hike / climb at a place called Tent Rocks. This was a redemption hike for me. Two years ago we were there also in winter and went to Tent Rocks with the family to hike the canyon and climb to the top, but I could not physically do it and had to wait part way up for the rest of them to go to the top and return. That was not a good feeling...embarrassing at the least. So, last week we did it. It's not a long hike, about 2.5 miles round trip with a climb at the end of about 700 feet, and I did it easily!

First the trail goes through a slot canyon, which I think is really neat. It is shaded from the sun which is nice in summer but made it cold in January. Here's a look:

The slot gets a little narrow in places but not uncomfortably so:

The site is called Tent Rocks after these rather unique rock formations that resemble tents from the erosion of the softer layers under the hard cap stones. These are some of the "tents":
After the slot canyon, the trail starts to climb and is quite steep for the last bit:


This is about where I had to stop 2 years ago....but not this year! On to the top!

Here at the top, the view is fabulous (and it was hot after the climb...I'm cooling off in this pic:


It was a beautiful day and I love sitting up there and just enjoying the view and listening to the silence...no cars, engine sounds of any kind, no people, etc. Fabulous. You can see Santa Fe and Albuquerque from there. (The white on the mountains in the distance is the ski area at Santa Fe where we skied the day before):

The mountain in the background in this one is Sandia near Albuqurque:


You can also get a good view of the tent rocks and the canyon climbed on the way up:


I really love the high desert. It has a beauty that is ever changing and never looks the same. The pictures don't do it justice, but hopefully can give an idea of the attraction of this area of the country.

It was very gratifying to be able to enjoy this day as I wanted to...to be healthy and fit enough to make the hike and climb without any problem. The elevation at the car park is 5500 ft and 6400 ft at the top (according to my Garmin watch). Later that same day we hiked another 8 miles or so across the mesas....just because!
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RORYLYONS 3/8/2014 2:58AM

    Amazing photos emoticon emoticon

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MKWILLIE 3/2/2014 8:02AM

    Just ran across your post about the Redemption Hike. What a huge accomplishment. Congrats. You look great!

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STEVENK87 2/21/2014 11:49AM

    Love the pictures :) emoticon

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FITBIZZZ 2/20/2014 7:28PM

    WOW! What a beautiful place! emoticon

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CHANGINGHORSES 2/20/2014 5:32AM

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing them. BTW - You look amazing!


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PILLYWIGGIN 2/12/2014 3:14PM

    emoticon pics!
emoticon achievement!
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SMITTY4RL 2/5/2014 7:55AM

    Love the pictures! Sounds like you had an awesome time. And what a great NSV--conquering the trail ;-)!

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LEARN2BHEALTHY 2/4/2014 11:45AM

    Such beautiful pictures looks very serene. emoticon on making it up to the top this time your such a great inspiration. Makes me want to put my hiking shoes. It's nice to see how far you come your emoticon

~~~~~Denise~~~~

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MYAKAYAH 2/4/2014 10:00AM

    How fabulous is that hike, whoa. I need to go there and do this hike. Congrats for finishing that marvelous journey!

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DOROTHYBERO 2/4/2014 4:48AM

    beautilful = congratulations.

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MBTEPP 2/3/2014 9:57AM

    2.5 miles does not sound like a lot until you have to navigate rocky terrain and climb 700 feet! Not an easy task, then you put 8 miles on the back end. That is my kind of vacation!

Serenity! What a hike to clear the mind!

Inspiring! You went back and conquered that mountain.

I wanna go!!! Thanks for posting such a awe-inspiring hike.

emoticon and you did do it!

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CRYSTALQUEEN 2/3/2014 9:14AM

    Wow! Truly beautiful! And what a sweet feeling to be able to accomplish something you couldn't such a relatively short time ago. Well done and thank you for sharing.

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FANGFACEKITTY 2/3/2014 1:34AM

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BJPENNY70 2/2/2014 11:35PM

    Does it feel wonderful to do things you could accomplish before? I think it was a wonderful accomplishment for you. You look great! emoticon

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MICKEYH 2/2/2014 10:00PM

    Beautiful ! Glad you were able to accomplish this time and had a great time! emoticon
Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 2/2/2014 9:24PM

    Wow great that you can see your progress that way!

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TURTLETALK 2/2/2014 9:06PM

    Looks gorgeous, glad you got your "redemption."

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MALAMI518 2/2/2014 8:53PM

    That is beautiful! Thank you for sharing those photos. I think I'm putting that on my list of places I want to visit.

emoticon emoticon on the amount of progress that you've made and how much more you can now do. What an inspiration! emoticon

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CASTIRONLADY 2/2/2014 8:51PM

    Wow, what pictures and your name? Are you a gem lady 'cause you like gems. Or are you a gem? emoticon

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MUDGE4 2/2/2014 6:46PM

    emoticon Gorgeous!!

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PAULALALALA 2/2/2014 6:38PM

    Beautiful scenery! So neat that you were able to return to the hike and accomplish it easily this time around.
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VONBLACKBIRD 2/2/2014 6:13PM

    O this is a lovely hike. and you look terrific!!!

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GWINNER1 2/2/2014 5:53PM

    Way to go Alie! I love the pictures....especially the one of "the slot." Glad you had so much fun and was able to redeem your climb this time around. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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