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Offline dprather

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Suggestions needed
« on: August 23, 2017, 12:28:52 AM »
My very good backpacking buddies and I are planning a November or December Big Bend backpacking trip.

We are not SEAL Team Six, but we are pretty salty.  We have accomplished:

Several OMLs
Multiple Marufo Vegas
A couple of MDAS
Numerous High Chisos
An off-trail over the mid-section of Hayes Ridge
Most recently an awesome BBRSP Rancherias Loop
Mucho low-key knockabout day hikes
Not to mention our East Texas and Arkansas adventures

We are looking for our next adventure in the Np or the SP...four days +/-...something to high-five about at the end.

What about that outer-outer mountain loop that goes off trail over Jack's Pass?

Telephone Canyon is so water-free that we are reluctant to try that.

We could be tempted into something new and exotic (Ranger Tim???).

As always, your ideas will be greatly appreciated.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline DesertRatShorty

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Re: Suggestions needed
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2017, 01:55:06 AM »
The Quemada Loop via Jack's pass is an outstanding 4 day trip, with plenty of options for side trips depending on your pace.

Is a point to point hike an option? If so here are some more options:

Devils Den to K-Bar, following mule ears' route down the eastern side to Banta Shut-in, then hike out via Estufa Canyon. Cache water on Dagger Flats road, natural water at Banta.

Chimneys to Maverick Junction via the base of Bruja Canyon and Tule Mountain. Cache water on Maverick Road, natural water in Terlingua Creek near the gauging station.

Ore Terminal to Fossil Bone, with a base camp (2 nights) near Ernst Tinaja to explore Ernst Basin. Natural water at Ernst Tinaja and Banta. Tornillo Creek above the Shut-in is supposedly awesome. Or go the reverse direction which would make navigating Tornillo easier.

Will you have a high clearance vehicle? If so that opens it up even more, e.g. Mariscal, Quemadas from the south.





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