Skywalk 2013 began at the Hotel Parq Central in Albuquerque on Friday where out-of-town guests and participants had the chance to meet their fellow hikers.
Clockwise from top: Rod, Brant, Philomena, Jennifer B., Jennifer W., Matt, John, Pat
In keeping with the “self-motivated” and “self-directed” ethos of Skywalk, participants ended up hiking distances ranging from 17 to 30 miles through the Sandia Mountains. For next year, participants have the option of preparing for an out-and-back trip to Tunnel Springs of 52 miles, with two crossings of the mountain range, and over 20,000 feet of elevation change.
0615 start at Canyon Estates with John, Pat, and Chuck
John C. (USMA ’83) and Pat N. charge up the CCC Trail, carved out in the 30s by the Conservation Corps and a rugged test up to South Peak
At Westhusing’s Bluff
L to R: Chuck Hosking, Alex Limkin, Brant Mcgee –John Cody
L to R: Alex, Pat, Chuck Hosking, Brant McGee –John Cody
Near to far: AB, Chuck Hosking, Brant McGee, John Cody
Westhusing’s Bluff overlooking South Peak: Chuck, AB, Brant, John
John Cody and Chuck Hosking on the Crest Trail
Pat N. looks west from South Peak after roughly 11 hours on the trail. Westhusing’s Bluff in the background.
Chuck Hosking and AB take a moment late in the day at South Peak, overlooking Albuquerque
Due to drought conditions and threat of fire closures, next year’s Skywalk is being moved earlier in the year to May 17, 2014.
In memoriam of Colonel Ted Westhusing (November 17, 1960-June 5, 2005)