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High Chisos (August 6-9)

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Offline dprather

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High Chisos (August 6-9)
« on: July 09, 2018, 02:59:30 PM »
My oldest son has finally agreed to go backpacking with me (what joy!).  We intend to do a Bend-area fandango including Seminole Canyon, Ft. Davis. the museum at Sul Ross, the Marfa Lights, a four-day/three-night trip into the High Chisos, and a meal in Boquillas before beaming back to reality.

Our standard High Chisos adventure is planned to include (i) up Laguna Meadows on Tuesday PM with the night spent at one of the LM sites, (ii) over to  the Boot Canyon area to set-up a two-night base camp on Wednesday with that afternoon spent on the West Rim, (iii) enjoying the High Chisos including the East Rim on Thursday, and (iv) reluctantly down on Friday AM.

Two Questions:

1.  What are the legalities about leaving our base camp set up for the two days while we are exploring?  Are there any technicalities about leaving tents set up and leaving food and water in the bear box (say, at Colima #1)? They haven't outlawed this yet, have they?

2.  I have done the High Chisos in August before and found the pipe at Boot running quite sufficiently (not to mention the weather being excellent).  Are all signs pointing to adequate water at Boot early this August (just a few weeks away)? Adequate water there would obviously make this trip much more enjoyable.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: High Chisos (August 6-9)
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2018, 03:44:41 PM »
Sounds like a great trip.  No technicalities with leaving camp set up other than all smelly food and things in the bear box.  Some people recommend collapsing the tents while gone for critter who might want to get into them, not sure that is really needed though.

Still behind on annual rainfall so hard to say about water in Boot canyon, we need a good report.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Offline badknees

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Re: High Chisos (August 6-9)
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2018, 03:59:56 PM »
My oldest son has finally agreed to go backpacking with me (what joy!).  We intend to do a Bend-area fandango including Seminole Canyon, Ft. Davis. the museum at Sul Ross, the Marfa Lights, a four-day/three-night trip into the High Chisos, and a meal in Boquillas before beaming back to reality.

Our standard High Chisos adventure is planned to include (i) up Laguna Meadows on Tuesday PM with the night spent at one of the LM sites, (ii) over to  the Boot Canyon area to set-up a two-night base camp on Wednesday with that afternoon spent on the West Rim, (iii) enjoying the High Chisos including the East Rim on Thursday, and (iv) reluctantly down on Friday AM.

Two Questions:

1.  What are the legalities about leaving our base camp set up for the two days while we are exploring?  Are there any technicalities about leaving tents set up and leaving food and water in the bear box (say, at Colima #1)? They haven't outlawed this yet, have they?

2.  I have done the High Chisos in August before and found the pipe at Boot running quite sufficiently (not to mention the weather being excellent).  Are all signs pointing to adequate water at Boot early this August (just a few weeks away)? Adequate water there would obviously make this trip much more enjoyable.

As long as you don't leave it for more than 24 hours you're good...
Not all those who wander are lost.
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Offline Imre

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Re: High Chisos (August 6-9)
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2018, 04:40:58 PM »
From the weather station in the basin it appears it rained another 0.39 inches today. Perhaps the rainy season is starting.   :crossedfingers: With respect to August in general, I'd say you're far more likely than not to find adequate water. Have a look at the pictures I posted in this thread:
http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/big-bend-questions-and-answers/ok-then-what-can-we-do-in-the-summer/msg164075/#msg164075
August is my favorite time to hike in the Chisos. I am always prepared for thunderstorms including hail.
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Offline tbone

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Re: High Chisos (August 6-9)
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2018, 04:53:46 PM »
My oldest son has finally agreed to go backpacking with me (what joy!).  We intend to do a Bend-area fandango including Seminole Canyon, Ft. Davis. the museum at Sul Ross, the Marfa Lights, a four-day/three-night trip into the High Chisos, and a meal in Boquillas before beaming back to reality.

Our standard High Chisos adventure is planned to include (i) up Laguna Meadows on Tuesday PM with the night spent at one of the LM sites, (ii) over to  the Boot Canyon area to set-up a two-night base camp on Wednesday with that afternoon spent on the West Rim, (iii) enjoying the High Chisos including the East Rim on Thursday, and (iv) reluctantly down on Friday AM.

Two Questions:

1.  What are the legalities about leaving our base camp set up for the two days while we are exploring?  Are there any technicalities about leaving tents set up and leaving food and water in the bear box (say, at Colima #1)? They haven't outlawed this yet, have they?

2.  I have done the High Chisos in August before and found the pipe at Boot running quite sufficiently (not to mention the weather being excellent).  Are all signs pointing to adequate water at Boot early this August (just a few weeks away)? Adequate water there would obviously make this trip much more enjoyable.

As long as you don't leave it for more than 24 hours you're good...
And as long as Ranger Galindo isn't around...

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Offline jim2

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Re: High Chisos (August 6-9)
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2018, 07:58:21 PM »
One day in the Basin I talked to guy who had ended his Chisos backpack early because a bear had torn up his tent and his friends. They left the tents up while off day hiking, got back to a trip ending mess.
Then the other consideration is the weather, if a thunderstorm does develop it can be severe with downpours that will test your tent and your tent staking skills.
My son and I have been caught in three summertime rain storms while hiking in the Chisos, when it rains it pours!
 

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Offline Flash

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Re: High Chisos (August 6-9)
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2018, 08:35:10 PM »
Good rule thumb for monsoon season:  Try < keyword > to get to your campsite by noon-2pm before the random afternoon showers begin and get your tent pitched. After that, all is good.  :icon_biggrin:

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Offline jasonmerlo

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Re: High Chisos (August 6-9)
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2018, 09:44:30 PM »
What’s the average high temp in the high Chisos in August?


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Offline badknees

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Re: High Chisos (August 6-9)
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2018, 09:46:51 PM »
What’s the average high temp in the high Chisos in August?


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mid 80s more or less.
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