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Offline Windchime

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« on: July 09, 2006, 05:43:09 PM »


A couple of years ago we had a contract chopper staged in the park due to high fire danger. Took it along the river to do a trespass livestock survery. Thought you might like to see some of the park from the chopper. Have a bunch of shots taken from the park plane, but have to locate them...if successful, will post too.
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Offline Windchime

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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2006, 05:46:44 PM »


Mariscal Canyon looking up river.
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Offline Windchime

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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2006, 05:49:42 PM »


Mariscal looking down river
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Offline DavidW

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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2006, 06:10:05 PM »
cool pics, Windchime. I see you have an avatar now. Guess I need to come up with one now. :)
David

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Offline Casa Grande

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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2006, 06:56:03 PM »
love it!  mariscal is an elusive part of the park that I must visit....never seen it from the air...thanks!

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Offline Roy

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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2006, 07:05:41 PM »
Nice, Windchime.

Question:  Has anyone ever tried to to set up a helicopter service for tourists?

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Offline homerboy2u

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« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2006, 08:11:56 PM »
Priceless to be exact. I love air pictures... Finally: you have an avatar.
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« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2006, 08:59:31 PM »
Great pics!!!


BBH

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Offline Casa Grande

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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2006, 07:44:45 AM »
Quote from: "Roy"
Nice, Windchime.

Question:  Has anyone ever tried to to set up a helicopter service for tourists?


might be a nice treat but I certainly wouldn't want to have a helicopter flying over my head whilst in seclusion at Elephant Tusk or the South Rim....  :(

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Offline Bluetex

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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2006, 08:48:06 AM »
Great pics windchime! I like the avatar too. I guess its time for me to stop being lazy and make a real avatar also :D
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Offline bdann

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« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2006, 10:15:58 AM »
Those are neat, thanks for sharing!

I need to visit Mariscal too, I'm planning to do so sometime this winter.
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Offline presidio

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« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2006, 11:14:59 AM »
Quote from: "bdann"
I need to visit Mariscal too, I'm planning to do so sometime this winter.


There are two great hikes to Mariscal. First is the trail to the rim from the Talley side.

Second, an off trail hike on the Solis side. Just follow the mountain, but stay on the bottom. You can get a great view up canyon when you reach the edge.
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Offline presidio

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« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2006, 01:46:53 PM »
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Has anyone ever tried to to set up a helicopter service for tourists?


There will never be a commercial service at Big Bend as the tourist load is nowhere near what it would have to be to make such a venture profitable. So, you won't ever have to have a Grand Canyon experience with dozens of sightseeing flights every day.

However, who here has ever flown over Big Bend in any kind of aircraft? I've always wanted to do that. The views are likely nothing short of phenomenal, as Windchime's helicopter photos clearly hint. It would be a good way to scout new places to hike and see things you never would otherwise.

I've occasionally seen the NPS airplane, Cessna if I recall, doing low level flights and once it zoomed through Santa Elena Canyon nearly at eye level to the high point of the trail; the pilot's face was clearly visible...that's how low and close he was. Being that deep in the canyon is not a place you want to be and have engine trouble or meet a wayward air current. As you might imagine, it made a helluva racket. You might say that all the hikers' solitude was thoroughly disturbed by that; we heard it some seconds before the plane rounded a bend and became visible and was pretty deafening as it went by.

Only the NPS, Border Patrol and Customs get to play that kind of game, but even a normal flight would be a special thing; besides, you can't see all that much only 100-200 feet off the ground and moving at 150 mph.
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« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2006, 01:56:27 PM »
Mariscal Canyon isn't easy to get to but it's worth it. The hike from Talley felt like Frodo and Sam heading up Mount Doom -- very hot, volcanic looking wasteland -- a steep slog indeed. Then the views begin:


My buddy Brett stands on the rim (the Frodo of our quest).




The view looking down -- straight down


view from our campsite not far from the rim.
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splendor and the complicated grandeur of Big Bend will still be here. Waiting for us."--Ed Abbey

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Offline Casa Grande

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« Reply #14 on: July 10, 2006, 07:11:03 PM »
Quote from: "jeffblaylock"
The hike from Talley felt like Frodo and Sam heading up Mount Doom -- very hot, volcanic looking wasteland -- a steep slog indeed.



ewwww.....that sounds very cool.....I'm salivating now  =P~

 


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