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We are planning on carrying 7-8 liters of water total (I’ll have 5 or 6 and my wife 2 or 3). Does this sound like overkill since some water is available at springs along the way? My pack is getting heavier than I wanted. It’s 35 pounds and I was shooting for 30.
... if Boot Canyon has water either at the spring's outflow pipe or in the bedrock pools, each hiker won't need to hump more than a couple liters up from Homer Wilson to the Laguna Meadow trail junction....as long as your schedule permits a detour back to Boot Canyon. To my way of thinking, the diversion is worth the extra time it takes because it makes the hike up Blue Creek Canyon so much lighter.
Thanks House Made of Dawn and Mule Ears. Everyone on Bigbendchat is so helpful. Much appreciated.
Quote from: Dmatt9 on February 12, 2020, 09:37:32 PMThanks House Made of Dawn and Mule Ears. Everyone on Bigbendchat is so helpful. Much appreciated. Y'all are going to have such a great time. Another thing to remember - and this technique will make your hike healthier, lighter, and more pleasant - at each backcountry water source, take the time to collect (and, if necessary, disinfect) enough water so that you can consume approximately a liter, more-or-less, at each of those collection sites. This is in addition to whatever amount you take with you. Your body can't absorb more than about one liter at any one time, so consuming more than that in one stop is pointless, and actually might make you ill. But a liter at each stop (particularly in Boot Canyon, again at Fresno Creek, from you cache at Homer Wilson, and then again at your final stop at Boot Canyon) will help keep you well hydrated and, most importantly, keep you from having to carry that water on your back. Sure, a liter of water is a liter of water, but it's waaaaaay more efficient to carry it distributed through your stomach, gut, and body, than it is to carry it in your pack on your back. If each of your stops in Boot Canyon is a lunch stop, then that extra liter can simply be what you drink with your meal.
Stalking this thread - two more hiking OML during this weekend too! Thanks for posting, and thanks to everyone for the great information!!
Just noticed weather report for Thursday predicting NE winds 15-25 in the mountains and 10-15 along the river. We were planning on zone camping that night in lower Juniper Canyon. Anyone have thoughts about whether we should alter plans or just continue with this and “hunker down”?
Thanks Mule Ears, minor adjustments we will make are: bring tin sheet to use as wind shield for MSR Pocket Rocket Stove, wind pants since wind chill may be a factor, extra tent stakes and line, Did I overlook anything? Guess the motto is “Keep calm and carry on”
Quote from: Dmatt9 on February 18, 2020, 08:16:32 AMThanks Mule Ears, minor adjustments we will make are: bring tin sheet to use as wind shield for MSR Pocket Rocket Stove, wind pants since wind chill may be a factor, extra tent stakes and line, Did I overlook anything? Guess the motto is “Keep calm and carry on”The thing to remember is that weather forecasts for the park are really just a guess, by the time fronts actually get there they sometimes lose their punch. In January when Robert and I were walking the forecast was for high winds one day and they never materialized and a day that was supposed to be clear after the front turned out to be cloudy with snow in the Chisos. Once you drop down into that area along the Rio Grande it kind of creates it's own weather patterns. The most accurate things about the forecasts is the highs and lows.
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