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We only passed one large group of hikers who had been hiking in the area for 21 days beginning in the Big Bend Ranch State Park.
Quote from: JK142 on April 17, 2017, 10:39:14 PM We only passed one large group of hikers who had been hiking in the area for 21 days beginning in the Big Bend Ranch State Park. 21 days and still going: that's pretty mind-bending. I wonder if they were self-supporting, or using caches or some other form of assistance. Did they give you any details? Was it an Outward Bound group or something similar?
Great trip, but not good news on the bear encounter. I foresee more closures if this becomes a trend.
When nearing JC1 my brothers found a sizeable black bear in our camp rifling through our tents. We had stored all food and food containers in the bear box, but left our tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, etc. on the ground. That was apparently a mistake. They scared the bear off and found it had ripped some holes in my tent and tore up one of the sleeping bags. Had they not happened upon it when they did, who knows what else it would have destroyed. They packed everything up and placed as much as possible in the bear box with the remainder going into their packs and setting up a bear hang from one of the trees. Then they high tailed it back up the trail to catch dad and I right at the top of Emory Peak.
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