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I have camped many nights on various trails in Big Bend and have never once spent the night in a tent. Never had any problems.You might want to take an extra tarp or ground cloth to cover yourself up in the off chance that it rains.
Mule Ears is right: unless you can get started on your hike reasonably early in morning, getting to rim in one day after a trip up Emory Peak could well be too much, especially with a pack. You haven't told us how old, how fit, how experienced backpacking, how much pack weight, etc. We could advise better with that info.If Toll Mtn. is taken, maybe one of the Boot Canyon sites would be good.M.E. is also right to bring up the water question. Heaviest thing you will carry. Resupplying at Boot Spring or one of the pools up Boot Canyon from there would cut your load. There is the question of whether B.S. will be running then and/or the condition of water in the pools, if any. Check this site for reports on availability of water there before you go.Geezer
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