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Quote from: "jeffblaylock"I drink water until I think I'm gonna barf, and then I drink another 32 ounces.I'm also a big believer in hydrating before, during, and after a hike, but be aware of
I drink water until I think I'm gonna barf, and then I drink another 32 ounces.
It's a great area - makes me want to go right now... TWWG
I am 95% sure the Springs at the base of the Tusk and ~2/3 mile up-trail from the Tusk will be flowing. I would still carry a bare minimum to get me back to the vehicle if they are not but they probably will be. I have been there during some very dry periods and they always seem to have a little baseline (fossil groundwater) flow. I usually drink lots of water near the springs, eat salty snacks, and tank-up everything I have to put water in, and then I carry my filter on day-hikes because there are a surprising number of springs and tinaja's in the Sierra Quemada's including the Tusk area. I much prefer filters to Iodine tablets, I hate Iodine tablets and they seem to make me sweat even more profusely (Iodine poisioning?).The canyons and drainages on the NW and West sides of the Tusk are very interesting and scenic places that probably only rarely see a human boot print. Just look at your topo maps or Google Earth and go cross country around the base of the Tusk - it's a relatively quick route from a basecamp near the springs and shade is usually present in rock overhangs and small slot canyons in this area. Don't count on any cell phone coverage at all and be prepared to be your own "first responder".Even in August I think you will have a great trip if you are properly prepared and this is one of the most wild and scenic areas of the Park that is rarely visited and sparsely explored. For the most part this entire section of the Park belongs largely to the wildlife with very little human impact/influence. If you camp at Spring #2 you will enjoy the alpenglow off the Tusk and feel the cool evening breezes flowing up the canyon north of the Tusk. It's a great area - makes me want to go right now... TWWG
Quotefossil groundwater....HUH :?: Never heard of that before,please explain....
We saw the webbing they left for the rappel
Be sure you are hydrated before you hit the trail. If you day hike be sure you have at least a gallon and a half of water apiece even then I wouldn't day hike it if you have the gear to camp over night.
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