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Thanks for the response Mule Ears!1. Yes it is a pretty long day. I had heard the sunset from Emory Peak is fantastic so I wanted to include it. But if I had to cut something I am willing to do whats needed for a safe and successful trip. I can always come back!2. I will definitely keep up with water reports and such as I get closer to go time. Though I'm going to be packing out water as if all sources are dry. 1 1/2 - 2 gallons per day.3. Removed! Thanks!4. I do plan on bringing a headlamp and doing some early am hiking. those wake up times aren't set in stone, but sort of a guideline to follow. I'd really like to hike through sunrise every morning!5. Yes I'd like to get through as much as possible before the mid day scorch. break mid day for lunch and to avoid the most intense heat. I am debating bringing a hiking umbrella to help mitigate some of the direct sunlight.I won't be able to cache water at the Juniper cache box. It's not something I will plan or rely on, but I do hear there is often abandoned water left behind in the caches. But plan on leaving 2-3 Gallons at the HW cache. I don't think I'll need that much but I will appreciate the flexibility and possibility of leaving some water for other hikers. my heaviest water time will be the stretch from camp 1 to the HW ranch with the possibility of there being no reliable sources of water I will carry around 3 gallons of water for about 1.5 days of travel.
First day of waking up at 3;00 - 3:30 in the morning, then driving 8 hours is going to suck. But, you got to do what you got to do. I have done the first day before by leaving at 6:00. Much better on the body and less deer to hit on your drive to Junction.Your choices of campsites will be limited because it is a weekend. TM1 is usually taken. Plan on Boot, Juniper Canyon 1, or Colima. Hiking in the dark of morning is a waste to me. Alls you get to see is the glow in front of you on the trail. The question becomes, are you out there to DO the OML, or are you out there to experience the desert and the changing ecosystems you pass through?Save your energy for the rim on the last day. That way you have a choice of how well you feel from the earlier days trail walking you did. You will also have passed by the pools of water in Boot creek a few days earlier, and will know if you can drink from those that last day. Big water weight savings leaving Homer Wilson with that knowledge.Leaving water at Homer for others is basically leaving trash for others to carry out. If someone is that short on water, cars drive by all the time so they are not going to die. Juniper is a completely different story.
1 1/2 to 2 gallons a day is too much for a fall hike. Everyone is different but 4-5 liters a day should be sufficient. Fresno creek will have water at a minimum. If water in Boot Canyon and Fresno then no reason to kill yourself with that much water weight, it is the downfall of many an OML attempt, too much pack weight.Not much shade out on the Dodson, a few big bushed along the eastern end, Fresno drainage/canyon and some more big bushes on the western side of the high point then nothing really from Smoky Creek jct. to Homer Wilson.
Thanks for the input! I'm currently working of reworking my itinerary to take the advice offered here into account. It look like ill be able to get there Friday evening and get my permits first thing in the morning, so I will have about 5-6 extra hours then I did in my previous Itinerary.I do have a question about what I would like to do for convenience/ time sake,I would like to cache my water at Homer Wilson Friday Night, So I don't have to wake up and drive back out there in the morning. Is this something I can do? I realize I would be night hiking, which I am comfortable with. Only about a 1/2 mile round trip.thanks all!
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