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OML Attempt Dec. 26-29th

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Re: OML Attempt Dec. 26-29th
« Reply #15 on: December 25, 2018, 10:34:55 AM »
Alright alright alright.  Weather is looking great. Gear and food are ready to go. Will be heading out to the trails tomorrow morning from ATX. Thank you all for the spirited conversation on the shut down and its implications. Any last minute insight into the schedule or water would be much appreciated. Hopefully will see yall out there.

Good luck on all of it and have a great time!
In reference to your original post: no need to cache water at HW if that is where you are starting, just leave water and such in your car.  You will have good water at Fresno Creek and in Boot canyon the second day.  For sure do not drop down into the Basin just enjoy the rim(s) and then head down to your car at HW
« Last Edit: December 25, 2018, 12:07:08 PM by mule ears »
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Re: OML Attempt Dec. 26-29th
« Reply #16 on: December 25, 2018, 12:20:48 PM »
And while we all like to read trip reports, posting a trip report about overnight backcountry trips during the shutdown may not be a good idea this time.  At least one time a few years ago, I believe a poster was fined by the NPS on the basis of a post on this board.
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Re: OML Attempt Dec. 26-29th
« Reply #17 on: December 25, 2018, 12:47:07 PM »
At least one time a few years ago, I believe a poster was fined by the NPS on the basis of a post on this board.

Two observations:
1) How would that be possible if we are somewhat anonymous on the board?
2) If it did, indeed, happen, some Funny Hatter has way too much time on his hands.

My dos centavos....

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Re: OML Attempt Dec. 26-29th
« Reply #18 on: December 25, 2018, 02:25:23 PM »
At least one time a few years ago, I believe a poster was fined by the NPS on the basis of a post on this board.

Two observations:
1) How would that be possible if we are somewhat anonymous on the board?
2) If it did, indeed, happen, some Funny Hatter has way too much time on his hands.

My dos centavos....
It did in fact happen when pictures were posted in a restricted area and they could link it back to his permit.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Re: OML Attempt Dec. 26-29th
« Reply #19 on: December 25, 2018, 02:47:40 PM »
Ah, that's interesting. 

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Re: OML Attempt Dec. 26-29th
« Reply #20 on: December 25, 2018, 03:26:04 PM »
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
http://40yearsofwalking.wordpress.com/

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Re: OML Attempt Dec. 26-29th
« Reply #21 on: December 25, 2018, 04:39:14 PM »
Here is the exhaustive thread on the subject.

"exhaustive" was right.  That's how I feel after reading through it.

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Re: OML Attempt Dec. 26-29th
« Reply #22 on: December 29, 2018, 05:14:39 PM »
Update : took an audible and went to the state park. Took a low stress and low information stroll across rancherias loop. With no information aside from what the ranger told us and a back country map, the gf and I finished the loop in two days of hiking. Will post trail report soon.

As for OML... EXTEEMELY DISAPPOINTED WITH CLOSURE. Will attempt one day.

Rancherias more than made up for my consternation. Great trail. Incredible views. Would recommend.

Thanks to all yall who helped me plan oml.

Happy hiking

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Re: OML Attempt Dec. 26-29th
« Reply #23 on: December 29, 2018, 05:29:17 PM »
Update : took an audible and went to the state park. Took a low stress and low information stroll across rancherias loop. With no information aside from what the ranger told us and a back country map, the gf and I finished the loop in two days of hiking. Will post trail report soon.

As for OML... EXTEEMELY DISAPPOINTED WITH CLOSURE. Will attempt one day.

Rancherias more than made up for my consternation. Great trail. Incredible views. Would recommend.

Thanks to all yall who helped me plan oml.

Happy hiking

I'm eager to read your report
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: OML Attempt Dec. 26-29th
« Reply #24 on: December 29, 2018, 05:49:49 PM »
Update : took an audible and went to the state park. Took a low stress and low information stroll across rancherias loop. With no information aside from what the ranger told us and a back country map, the gf and I finished the loop in two days of hiking. Will post trail report soon.

As for OML... EXTEEMELY DISAPPOINTED WITH CLOSURE. Will attempt one day.

Rancherias more than made up for my consternation. Great trail. Incredible views. Would recommend.

Thanks to all yall who helped me plan oml.

Happy hiking

Kudos on not letting the closure stop you from having a good time. And kudos to you and the girlfriend on the Rancherias Loop...that one's no walk in the park. Looking forward to your report.
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Re: OML Attempt Dec. 26-29th
« Reply #25 on: December 29, 2018, 06:19:33 PM »
Good call and the Rancherias loop is a great alternative, shorter but a great walk.  Looking forward to you report.   :great:
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Re: OML Upcoming during shutdown
« Reply #26 on: January 02, 2019, 10:21:30 AM »
Hello. Im from NY and flying down on January 4. Was expecting to hike the
OML with my brother and daughter.  Avid hiker with thousands of mile and parks under the belt. First time to BB.  A few Qs for those in the know.  Due to the shutdown we may park at Juniper Canyon and go to Homer on the Dodson trail. Are there private shuttle operators that can pick us up in the pm and drive us back?  Anyone local we can pay for ride service?  If not then we may chance it and camp up the Blue Creek trail past red rocks but was thinking the rangers would be by in the early am. Thus is there camping opportunities on the Dodson just before Homer?  We may be less likely to be found if we had to bivy for the night.  Lastly, is it possible to get from Homer ( after spending the night) back to Juniper via Blue Creek to the high Chisos if we had to hike into the dusk or is night hiking not recommended.   Thanks for any insight. 
« Last Edit: January 02, 2019, 10:43:01 AM by Dante »

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Re: OML Attempt Dec. 26-29th
« Reply #27 on: January 02, 2019, 01:20:55 PM »
Shuttles from places like Desert Sports would be *very* expensive ($100s) because they have to drive in from Terlingua to Homer Wilson, then around and out the jeep roads to Juniper, and then *back* to Terlingua. Not a great option.

There is an OML FAQ on this forum that probably has info on camp sites. I recall their are a few campsites on the Dodson just west of the intersection with Smoky Creek trail, but not many at all after you pass the last high point headed west (IIRC). There aren't too many sites on the Blue Creek trail, especially after you begin the final, long ascent to the Rim.

If you're all pretty fit, you could do the South Rim as a day hike; it's ~15 miles and few thousand feet of vert but not bad for serious hikers - it really depends on your fitness level and handling the joint impacts of the rocky terrain out there. The loop from the Chisos Basin to the South Rim is really one of the highlights of the park. I would do that hike before the Dodson. For less demanding effort, great views are reached via Lost Mine and the Window Trails as day hikes. The other highlight of the park is Santa Elena canyon, but access is closed for now due to the shutdown. Langford Hot Springs on the east side of the park is a nice place to ease sore muscles after hiking. Distances are far down there, though, so be prepared for driving time between destinations.

FWIW, night hiking in the desert is sketchy because the trails can go in and out of creek washes, and it's easy to miss exits out of the creek. Once you head up into the Chisos, trails are pretty easy to follow. At night, you might rather be in one place so your eyes can point skyward instead of down at the trail because STARS.

You might also consider nearby Big Bend Ranch State Park for a legal backcountry overnight experience.

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Re: OML Attempt Dec. 26-29th
« Reply #28 on: January 02, 2019, 01:31:47 PM »
South Rim as a day hike is very doable, I do it once or twice a year.  A couple of years ago I had some friends visiting and one of them was about 50 lbs overweight and he was able to do the South Rim as a day hike.

If you provide the vehicle, head up to the porch in Terlingua and I'm sure you can find somebody to drive you to your starting point and pick you up when you're done if you want to do a point to point hike.

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Re: OML Attempt Dec. 26-29th
« Reply #29 on: January 02, 2019, 04:53:14 PM »
Thanks for the responses. As usual I will play it by ear and figure it out once we get there and assess the times and status of the shutdown. 

 


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