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Mesa de Anguila

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Offline billh

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« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2006, 09:44:36 AM »
Someone gave me a collection of Big Bend writing for Christmas. God's Country or Devil's Playground : An Anthology of Nature Writing from the Big Bend of Texas (Corrie Herring Hooks Series) (Hardcover)
by Barney Nelson (Editor)

There is a great story by Abbey about him driving (and destroying) his then girlfriends car on the backroads of Big Bend. Very very funny. Desert Solitude should be mandatory reading for all us Desert rats.

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Re: Mesa Trails
« Reply #16 on: March 07, 2006, 03:38:50 PM »
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The report you saw was probably by The Wild West Guy;  he posted a couple of extensive trip reports about the Mesa.  I've done some day hikes around the edges; access to the Mesa is best from the Lajitas area; the Mesa top via Bruja Canyon is a techincal climb and not recommended for a solo hiker.  Outward Bound groups occasionally use this route, I think.


i've read his and thought it was that, but it was female that did the report  :shock:   :oops:  

i was mainly looking for the pictures with routes drawn, those are so very helpful when doing technical routes


I have a very old map, circa 1980, which shows a number of trails on the Mesa.  I'll try to find it tonight and scan it in if you want.

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« Reply #17 on: March 07, 2006, 03:41:57 PM »
Of course we want!
There's nothing like a good quest to get you intimate with a place. - Tom Clynes

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Offline Don H

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« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2006, 03:46:47 PM »
I've tried to locate Bruja Canyon on my 7.5" quads with no success, where is in in relation to Terlinqua Abajo?  From the discussions, it seems like it would be on the southeastern portion of the Mesa de Anguila quad, am I right?
"Rugged isolation in a Jeep with the top down, doors off, sweaty, dusty, listening to your flavor of tunes, immersed in the most beautiful and beguiling desert mountains in all of the Southwest, the Sierra Quemada. Nothing short of spiritual cleansing. " D. Locke

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Re: Mesa Trails
« Reply #19 on: March 07, 2006, 03:51:57 PM »
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I have a very old map, circa 1980, which shows a number of trails on the Mesa.  I'll try to find it tonight and scan it in if you want.


Yes, Please Find it and Post it - PLEASE don't resize it either if you are posting it as a JPEG, I think you will lose some quality and detail. :lol:  8)

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Offline RichardM

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« Reply #20 on: March 07, 2006, 03:57:11 PM »
Interesting that the official park map at http://www.nps.gov/bibe/virtualvisit/parkmap.htm has a red dot for the Mesa, but the link is no longer active.  They used to have a hand-drawn map as shown below from another source.  I guess either thay're trying not to encourage people to go there or just forgot to update that particular link.  The "new and improved" search feature on the NPS page is just about useless, BTW.


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Offline Don H

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« Reply #21 on: March 07, 2006, 04:08:21 PM »
Richard, your posted map answers my question above, I had seen that map a while back and was just searching for it on the NPS website when you posted it.  You're fast man =P~
"Rugged isolation in a Jeep with the top down, doors off, sweaty, dusty, listening to your flavor of tunes, immersed in the most beautiful and beguiling desert mountains in all of the Southwest, the Sierra Quemada. Nothing short of spiritual cleansing. " D. Locke

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« Reply #22 on: March 07, 2006, 04:18:07 PM »
They still have it on their site, it's just hard to find:

http://www.nps.gov/bibe/backcountry/MdA_handout.pdf

I swear they also used to have a hand drawn map of the route up casa grande, but I can't find it now either.
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Offline Roy

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Re: Mesa Trails
« Reply #23 on: March 07, 2006, 04:37:40 PM »
Quote from: "SHANEA"
Quote from: "Roy"
I have a very old map, circa 1980, which shows a number of trails on the Mesa.  I'll try to find it tonight and scan it in if you want.


Yes, Please Find it and Post it - PLEASE don't resize it either if you are posting it as a JPEG, I think you will lose some quality and detail. :lol:  8)


Last time I dug it out it was pretty dried and cracked.  May be like trying to reassemble dried leaves.  If i can't figure out how to post it with good resolution, I'll Email it to someone with better computer skills.

The reason I originally bought it was because it showed the old roads providing access from the west.  Since that was long before Mr. Smith built his golf course I'm sure a lot of that has changed.

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Offline RichardM

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Mesa de Anguila
« Reply #24 on: March 07, 2006, 05:05:57 PM »
Quote from: "bdann"
They still have it on their site, it's just hard to find:
http://www.nps.gov/bibe/backcountry/MdA_handout.pdf

Finally found it on the backcountry hiking page:
http://www.nps.gov/bibe/backcountry/hiking.htm
and on the great hikes page:
http://www.nps.gov/bibe/visit/activities/greathikes.htm

P.S. the search engine works better if you spell it Anguila instead of Anguilla.  :oops:

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Offline Roy

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« Reply #25 on: March 07, 2006, 07:30:45 PM »
Couldn't find old paper map, probably trashed;  but did find pretty good map of the area on my MAPTECH software.  Can't get good resolution to post here though;  I"m using Photobucket, and their max. file size is 250K;  can't get useable resolution at that file size.  Any suggestions?

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posting bigger pics
« Reply #26 on: March 07, 2006, 08:14:49 PM »
Assuming you've already used one of the Image Resizers to drop the file size down, you can upload images up to 1Mb at David's Image Hosting site.

Or if you don't want to bog down his server, try one of the numerous freebie sites out there:  Free Image Hosting Directory
I use http://xs.to/ for quick upload, post & forget stuff.  http://www.tinypic.com/ is about the same (I think they resize pics larger than 250k), as is http://www.picsplace.to/ (which accepts up to 1.5Mb).

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Offline Roy

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1980 map of Mesa de Anguila
« Reply #27 on: March 07, 2006, 09:53:37 PM »
Here's the scan of the Mesa de Anguila map circa 1980.  The file is 1195x898 pixels so it's a little too big to embed in this post.
http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/mesamap_big.jpg

Image resized and uploaded by Moderator.  File is 321Kb.

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« Reply #28 on: March 08, 2006, 10:05:07 PM »
Cool.  Now we just need to check TopoZone to see what trails have changed.

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Offline Roy

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« Reply #29 on: March 08, 2006, 10:17:49 PM »
Muchas gracias, Ricardo.

 


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