I've wanted to stand on Cooke's Peak before we even lived here. We began hunting in it's massive shadow when we were just February visitors in an RV. The more I read about the hike up, the more I knew I wasn't going to attempt it alone. It took years to meet the right "guide".
Enter Dave Shephard. Originally from somewhere in New England, and a fellow former full time RVer, he now lives in Deming, and is an avid hiker, climber, and explorer. He's also a fellow member of the Deming Photography Club. We shared a beer after a reception at the Deming Arts Council where the club had an exhibit in January. We hatched the plan at Mimbres Brew. At first we were going in February, then early March. Finally, Thursday, March 22 was firm.
We met up outside of town, drove to the parking area, and did it. I should mention that, unlike other recent years, I hadn't done any kind of climbing this Winter. Most of my exercise involved walking the flats while hunting with the dogs. Make no mistake, this 9 hour adventure hurt me. I lagged behind going up and coming down, but by golly, I did it. the proof's in the slide show..