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Photo #1 from College Station, USA by Fox the Scout made on 2018-09-08 20:22 for Sola

I visited Colorado this summer. We passed several colorful mesas as we drove through New Mexico.

Photo #2 from College Station, USA by Fox the Scout made on 2018-09-08 20:22 for Sola
Photo #3 from College Station, USA by Fox the Scout made on 2018-09-08 20:22 for Sola

We stayed at a retreat about 9,000 ft in elevation (2750 m).

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On our way to climb Engineer Mountain. (12900 ft, 3900 m)

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The hike to the base of the mountain was steep and tiring…

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but the view that greeted me when we passed the timberline was incredible.

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A rock glacier

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The scramble was not easy. There wasn't much keeping me from tumbling through sharp debris if I slipped.

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At last, I reached a resting point; a lookout had been constructed from the rocks to shield tired climbers from the wind. The view spanned most of the horizon.

I saw this pika below the lookout.

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The climb ahead looked too difficult for me. I was beginning to feel exhausted from the altitude. I knew that after I reached the false summit, I would have another difficult leg to complete. I rested at the lookout, (11,700 ft) then returned down the mountainside.

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On my way back to the trailhead, I noticed how tall the trees were.

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The next evening, as a rainstorm hit.

Photo #15 from College Station, USA by Fox the Scout made on 2018-09-08 20:22 for Sola
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Freistaat
Awesome tour and great views! I can understand that the elevation was a challenge.
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Charlie🥓Waffles
You would have made it! 😏😂😂
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Hanover Fiste
I wish I saw the same sights when I made a similar trip. NM was the 2nd most boring ride I ever had. Kansas was the worst.
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Hyde
I've not been through Kansas but the northern parts of NM were nice. I was around los Alamos for work for several months.
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Hanover Fiste
Hyde, I've seen great pics of NM. That's why I chose to drive through the pan handle of Oklahoma, then go north into Colorado via NM. I didn't get to see the cool stuff 😭 But driving out of Denver was cool. I hated Denver, so it was great to see it in my rear view 🤣. But as I went downhill, the landscape got desolate. Imagine farms so big, the farmhouse looks like a tiny shed a mile away. You see a tree once per hour. No billboards, no stores, nothing but corn. More corn. More corn. Maybe some soy. Corn. No houses, no trees, wake up! Hours of this! Finally got to Wichita, a city, dirty and run down, but glad to see it! 🤣 Maybe someday I'll see the cool parts of NM.
Viqueen
Some nice hiking there.
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Escape
Beautiful country and you got some great shots. Loved the video too, cute little critter.
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Chaby
Nice trip.
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Hyde
How far north of los Alamos was this? It looks like fun.
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Fox the ScoutAuthor
I'm not sure. We were just south of Telluride.
Hyde
Fox the Scout, so your near Colorado then.
Fox the ScoutAuthor
Hyde, No, I'm from Texas.
Hyde
Fox the Scout, My bad I assumed you were there.
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Charlie🥓Waffles
wonderful pics :D
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Injeborg
I love that kind of scrambling. And the meadows are so pretty!
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Mineko ❓
Scramble this rocky part would have me terrified 😵 it looks so easy to slip But beautiful hiking!
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Brian Lancaster
Hey dude coloradian here! And I see your from college station! Im from Georgetown TX (eww Wilco) looks like a fun trip! You gotta get moved up here with the rest of us Texans ;)
iamow
Nice place
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