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Cowboy camping the OML

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Offline randomcards

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Cowboy camping the OML
« on: February 13, 2018, 11:38:36 AM »
Hey all, great resources on this board!

1. Doing the OML in late Feb and wondering if conditions are good for cowboy camping?  If the forecast looks good I am considering leaving the tent in the car and only taking a groundsheet and an ultralight tarp as a 'just in case'.  How are the bugs etc that time of year?  Any considerations for if this is a good or bad idea?

2. Adding Emory peak looks to be about 1.5m (3m roundtrip) off the OML, is that right?  Assuming leaving backpacks at the start of the spur how much time does that usually add?  I would expect about 2.5-3.5 hoursish?

3. Any great recommendations on backcountry zones that are best to camp in, or even specific locations?

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Re: Cowboy camping the OML
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2018, 12:51:23 PM »
I did the OML the first weekend of Feb and the only bugs I saw were a few ants at my campsite on the lower section of Blue Creek and a bugs right at upper Juniper Spring. Other than that, I didn't see any others. I would think unless the weather changes quite a bit, you'd be perfectly fine with a tarp. It did rain on me one night.

There was a site at pretty much every good view along the Dodson. And most of the campsites on Blue Creek and Juniper Canyon were within the lower couple miles. I thought the ones along the Dodson were obvious and most wide open views.

It was also really windy my second day. That may be something to keep in mind. I was ready to get my tarp up so it's block the fairly steady stiff breeze.

Hope some of that helps.

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Re: Cowboy camping the OML
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2018, 01:12:16 PM »

2. Adding Emory peak looks to be about 1.5m (3m roundtrip) off the OML, is that right?  Assuming leaving backpacks at the start of the spur how much time does that usually add?  I would expect about 2.5-3.5 hoursish?


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Re: Cowboy camping the OML
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2018, 01:59:35 PM »
Yeeeeee-HAW! Cowboy camping is the only way to go. I hate sleeping under a roof. There are virtually ZERO bugs in Big Bend. As Wrangler said, you may encounter a few ants, a spider or two, maybe maybe maybe a scorpion (I never have). But you never know when it'll rain, so a tarp is always a good idea - just in case. I agree with Viva Terlingua, your numbers are the upper limit for a roundtrip to the summit of Emory, especially if you're in good shape.  Weather in February will probably be good, but it can be anywhere between sub-freezing to boiling hot. Plan accordingly. Welcome to Big Bend.
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Re: Cowboy camping the OML
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2018, 02:22:48 PM »
Another cowboy camper here, haven't carried a tent in at least 20 years.

Emory is a 2.4 mile RT, put your packs in the bear box at the bottom

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Re: Cowboy camping the OML
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2018, 04:44:04 PM »
Thanks all!

 


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