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4-night OML Trip Report

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Offline Joe The Real Deal

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4-night OML Trip Report
« on: April 01, 2018, 02:45:49 PM »
Hi - A friend and I completed a 4-night OML 18-22 March with the following route:
Day 1 Basin to SW3 via Pinnacles and South Rim
7.3 miles +1900 feet

Day 2 SW3 to Smoky Creek via Blue Creek and Dodson Trail
10.1 miles -3100/+800 feet

Day 3 Smoky Creek to Juniper Canyon
10.8 miles -1000/+1000 feet

Day 4 Juniper Canyon to NE2
4.8 miles +2200 feet

Day 5 NE2 to Basin via Colima and Laguna Meadow
7.1 miles -2000 feet
It was a good itinerary to have time to enjoy the mountains, to be able to rest during the heat of the day, and to have access to water.

I'm still working on the written report, but I made a video because it was more fun  :icon_smile:

The video is mostly for my own enjoyment, so please don't expect much useful information for trip planning  ;)

Starting pack weight = 45 lbs
Ending pack weight = 24 lbs
Ending pack weight = 20 lbs w/o food, water, bottles, trash

Thanks to all the support from BBC, especially regarding water sources!


Offline House Made of Dawn

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Re: 4-night OML Trip Report
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2018, 07:04:36 PM »
Great video, Joe. Looks like you guys had a wonderful time. I like your route: especially how you planned your movements through the Chisos. You saw everything available at that time of the year. Definitely camped at some of the best sites with the best views, and you managed to pass through the most beautiful and enchanting part of Boot Canyon THREE times!  Looking forward to your written report, too. Congrats on a great hike.
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."


Offline dprather

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Re: 4-night OML Trip Report
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2018, 07:40:06 PM »
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.


Offline mule ears

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Re: 4-night OML Trip Report
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2018, 08:52:54 PM »
Beautiful job Joe!  I love the itinerary, similar to one I recommended to a friend to do in Feb.  Looks like you had great weather too.  Thanks.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water


Offline vickaiser

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Re: 4-night OML Trip Report
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2018, 03:18:28 PM »
Joe, are you Joe from Masters swim?  You sure look like him!

Didn't know you backpacked.  We gotta talk.



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