FKT: Justin Wesselhoft, Laura Lundell - 4 Highest Peaks in Texas (TX) - 2022-03-26

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Mixed-gender team
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10h 29m 37s

Laura and I started from the Pine Springs trailhead at 7:09AM with 4-5 liters of water each.  It was 55 degrees at the start and still dark.  We reached the first peak, Guadalupe Peak at 9:05AM and descended from Guadalupe peak at 9:21AM.  The 4 miles up Guadalupe peak (Texas' highest at 8,751') were well maintained and relatively easy trail where we were able to average 27 mins/mi.  The next few miles from Guadalupe Peak to Shumard Peak required bushwhacking through pretty rough terrain with no trail.  Miles 5 and miles 6 took us about 1 hour and 20 minutes each.  We reached the 2nd peak of the route, Shumard Peak (8,615') at 11:32AM and departed at 11:51AM.  The next mile and a half to Bartlett peak required more bushwhacking.  We were very thankful we had on knee high gaiters and long pants.  We reached the summit of Bartlett Peak (8,508') at 1:13PM and departed at 1:26PM.  The next mile descent was through more dense brush, but then we finally linked up with the Bush Mountain Trail which we took to our 4th summit arriving at 2:16PM.  Bush Mountain is Texas's 2nd highest peak at 8,631'.  We descended at 2:24PM.  The next 4 or so miles were relatively downhill and brought us to our bonus 5th summit and Texas' 6th highest peak, Hunter Peak at 8,368'.  En route to Hunter we encountered some small snow patches in the shade which was rather surprising considering it was now 90 degrees.  We were thankful for the snow and used it to supplement our dwindling water supply.  We summited Hunter Peak at 3:59PM and departed shortly thereafter at 4:02PM.  We took a snack break just below the summit in the shade and realized that we could finish the entire FKT attempt in under 11 hours if we hustled a bit.  The next 3-4miles after Hunter were pleasant switch backs down the Bear Canyon trail.  We arrived back at the trailhead at 5:38PM completing the full circuit in 10 hours 29 minutes and 37 seconds.  Back at the Pine Springs trailhead there was a lovely family that was picnicking and invited us to eat their chicken fajita dinner they had just cooked.  All in all, it was a great day and a challenging course.  The toughest part was the 5 hours of bushwhacking between Guadalupe, Shumard and Bartlett peaks.  If you can get through this demoralizing section, you'll be rewarded with beautiful vistas from the 4 highest peaks in Texas!  Thank you Laura for joining me in this FKT. You were a great partner!