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Keeping my fingers crossed about a March 10+ OML with my oldest son.

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Offline dprather

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With conniving advice from this board of brothers, and with my fingers crossed, it appears that my much-desired March 10+ OML with my oldest son might just work.

He's 35 for crying our loud - I haven't been a helicopter dad for more than 20 years.  Why do I feel so protective of him?  Why am I deluging him with pre-trip advice (including the metaphors he should choose to help him process this adventure)?  There's really nothing I can do to mediate between him and the trail. 

Some trips are thrown together overnight.  Others take longer.  This one has taken all of the planning of 35 years.  Somehow, I do not think that the OML will fall short of expectations: awesome, brutal, and beautiful.
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Here's my planned itinerary:

Thursday (3/7) - drive out to the Bend by myself and get the needed permitting.  I'll permit an obscure back-country site for Thursday and Friday nights for myself. 

My son will arrive on Saturday PM (3/9) - we'll make headway, clockwise, from the Juniper/Dodson trailhead, perhaps making it all the way to the Fresno Creek area that evening.

On Sunday (3/10) - we'll effort from mid-Dodson to as high up Blue Creek as we can get.

On Monday (3/11) we'll hump the Blue Creek Wall all the way to Colima #1 or thereabouts.

On Tuesday (3/12) we'll store our stuff in the Colima #1 (or thereabouts) bear boxes and, without packs, (i) go down to the Basin just to say we did, then (ii) go back up all the way to the Rim, before crashing at the same Colima #1 (or thereabouts) for that night.

On Wednesday (3/13) we'll descend Boot and Juniper Canyons, returning to our truck to begin our trip back to east Texas.
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Our water plans are to hump no more than two liters at  any given time.

Two liters from the Dodson/Juniper trailhead to Fresno Creek.

Two liters from Fresno to Homer Wilson (?????).

Two liters from our Blue Creek camp up to Colima. 

Two liters from our Colima camp down to our truck, perhaps stopping at Lower Juniper Spring to re-hydrate.



Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: Keeping my fingers crossed about a March 10+ OML with my oldest son.
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2019, 03:34:40 PM »
And, I assume, drawing from Boot Canyon and the Basin facilities on your free-day hike? Sounds workable. Depending upon the temps, you might get thirsty, but youíll survive just fine. Itíll be a GREAT trip!!!


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Re: Keeping my fingers crossed about a March 10+ OML with my oldest son.
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2019, 04:38:53 PM »
Sounds like a solid plan and fairly leisurely.  The only place you might need 3 liters would be Fresno to HW depending on how hot it is.  Have a great time!
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Re: Keeping my fingers crossed about a March 10+ OML with my oldest son.
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2019, 05:17:47 PM »
You're going to be fine, gonna be a great trip.  So special to have the kids out there away from the social media etc

I took my 18 y.o. daughter on the OML in October last year, as a dayhike.  T'was great.

Even if you have challenges of some kind, doing them with your kiddo, doesn't get any better.  Hopefully you are forced to wield a machete to fend off a lion or some such...

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Re: Keeping my fingers crossed about a March 10+ OML with my oldest son.
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2019, 05:49:22 PM »
Thanks everyone - I AM STOKED
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: Keeping my fingers crossed about a March 10+ OML with my oldest son.
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2019, 07:47:16 PM »
Good luck and have fun. My older son is 25 and one of my two go-to backpacking partners (the other being his Mom.) I've enjoyed every stage of my kids' lives, including this one of them becoming my adult friends.

BTW, the TBtL hike we PM'd about a month or so ago was washed out. Looking for a re-do weekend.
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Re: Keeping my fingers crossed about a March 10+ OML with my oldest son.
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2019, 09:35:43 PM »
Good luck and have fun. My older son is 25 and one of my two go-to backpacking partners (the other being his Mom.) I've enjoyed every stage of my kids' lives, including this one of them becoming my adult friends.

BTW, the TBtL hike we PM'd about a month or so ago was washed out. Looking for a re-do weekend.

I was worried about you in all of that mud.  The TBL is a nice trail.  I'd of hated for you to have done it under terribly  adverse conditions.
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Re: Keeping my fingers crossed about a March 10+ OML with my oldest son.
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2019, 01:30:53 AM »
I've enjoyed every stage of my kids' lives, including this one of them becoming my adult friends.

Beautiful. Looking forward to that one someday.

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Re: Keeping my fingers crossed about a March 10+ OML with my oldest son.
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2019, 08:40:10 AM »
I would suggest blowing off the Basin and simply take a day long leisurely walk around the rim.  The Basin will be no fun during spring break.  If you get water, climb Emory, and walk the rim, your day will be full, and you will cover some miles.
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Keeping my fingers crossed about a March 10+ OML with my oldest son.
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2019, 09:49:59 AM »
I would suggest blowing off the Basin and simply take a day long leisurely walk around the rim.  The Basin will be no fun during spring break.  If you get water, climb Emory, and walk the rim, your day will be full, and you will cover some miles.

Yep, I agree with elhombre. The Basin will be a zoo during Spring Break. And the only animals in it will be humans, uncaged and running amok. Climbing Emory will still give you and your son a good and much safer peek at the Basin below. If you want a closer look, Iíd suggest driving up there after your hike is finished.


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Re: Keeping my fingers crossed about a March 10+ OML with my oldest son.
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2019, 10:03:10 AM »
I would suggest blowing off the Basin and simply take a day long leisurely walk around the rim.  The Basin will be no fun during spring break.  If you get water, climb Emory, and walk the rim, your day will be full, and you will cover some miles.

Yep, I agree with elhombre. The Basin will be a zoo during Spring Break. And the only animals in it will be humans, uncaged and running amok. Climbing Emory will still give you and your son a good and much safer peek at the Basin below. If you want a closer look, Iíd suggest driving up there after your hike is finished.


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temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Re: Keeping my fingers crossed about a March 10+ OML with my oldest son.
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2019, 10:18:36 AM »
It should also be said that Emory Peak will be a zoo, too. Youíll share the summit with two or three dozen of your new best friends. Still, I think itís worth it for your son. If you and he still want to hike down to the Basin after experiencing that.....well, youíre both braver men than me.


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Re: Keeping my fingers crossed about a March 10+ OML with my oldest son.
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2019, 04:51:29 PM »
Of course the spring-break Basin holds no allure for us and we realize that the Rim is in every way superior, but my son wants to be able to say that he did it all. 

Interpretation: we'll do it all (but that will be a no-pack day).
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: Keeping my fingers crossed about a March 10+ OML with my oldest son.
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2019, 07:17:25 PM »
Of course the spring-break Basin holds no allure for us and we realize that the Rim is in every way superior, but my son wants to be able to say that he did it all. 

Interpretation: we'll do it all (but that will be a no-pack day).





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