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BBRSP Trip in Late May?

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Offline cookch1

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BBRSP Trip in Late May?
« on: February 14, 2008, 04:33:24 PM »
Due to my work schedule I can't get out there in late March as I usually do...is it going to be ridiculously hot out there in late May? I really want to get out there again this year but I don't want to be camping in sweltering heat either...anyone have experience there during this time frame?

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Re: BBRSP Trip in Late May?
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2008, 04:56:58 PM »
May/June is typically the hottest time of the year out there, so it just might be "ridiculously hot".  I've only camped in May once out there and that was over in the national park in the Chisos Basin campground.  The first two nights the temps got into the mid 60's at night, while the third night it never dropped below 80.  Temps during the day got up over 115 down by the river and out in the desert floor.

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Re: BBRSP Trip in Late May?
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2008, 05:58:54 PM »
I was there in May three years ago.  The day we started our hike it was 111 ridiculous in some books.  The third night out it started raining and the low was in the 50's.  I also was there last June and we had a great climb of Emory. 

If it is 111 again you can always CHILL in the hot springs, or spend your time in the high Chisos or both.  I will be there May 27-31 following another trip to Casa Hogar.  If anyone wants to come to Ojinaga with us and work for a few days let me know!

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Re: BBRSP Trip in Late May?
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2008, 06:07:41 PM »
So, other than Sauceda, where are the "cool" spots in BBRSP?

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Offline Ay Chihuahua!

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Re: BBRSP Trip in Late May?
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2008, 09:20:23 AM »
So, other than Sauceda, where are the "cool" spots in BBRSP?
I may be missquoting here, but areas around springs can offer 10-20 degrees cooler temperatures than the ambient.  So, Frisco Canyon may be the ticket...just guessing. 

Call Sauceda and ask Tony, Bill, or Bundy.

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Re: BBRSP Trip in Late May?
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2008, 10:06:53 AM »
I visited the park in early May a few years back and it was already heating up.  I suspect that unless there is rain and clouds temps will approach 100.

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Offline cookch1

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Re: BBRSP Trip in Late May?
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2008, 10:14:44 AM »
Thanks for the advice, that's more or less what I was anticipating. It sounds like maybe there are a few places to escape the heat? I would consider camping at the Natl Park at Chisos but I enjoy bringing my pooch with me so that's probably out of the question.

Another issue is that I will be traveling in a 2WD Xterra. Would any of these "cool spots" be accessible without 4WD?

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Offline Ay Chihuahua!

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Re: BBRSP Trip in Late May?
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2008, 10:38:57 AM »
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Another issue is that I will be traveling in a 2WD Xterra. Would any of these "cool spots" be accessible without 4WD?
Sorry, but I can't think of any.  Also, my comment before was general in nature.  I was trying to be helpful, but the fact of the matter is, I don't know. 

The Basin campground at BBNP is at approx. 5110' and we know it is a relatively cool place.  It looks like some of the camp sites in the Bofecillos Range in BBRSP are at about 4000'.  Some of these spots could offer some respite, but they too require 4x4.

Let us know, if you learn anything.

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Re: BBRSP Trip in Late May?
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2008, 11:46:55 AM »
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It looks like some of the camp sites in the Bofecillos Range in BBRSP are at about 4000'
Is there a map available online...besides the one on the park website?

I'll report back if/when I learn something...

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Re: BBRSP Trip in Late May?
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2008, 11:50:14 AM »
Another issue is that I will be traveling in a 2WD Xterra. Would any of these "cool spots" be accessible without 4WD?

I cant think of anything other than the Basin during the summertime.  I have hiked near Mule Ears in May, don't do it.  The coolest part was at the spring, 110+.  Our water supply was that temp too, not too satisfying.  

If you have to bring the pooch, it could be dangerously hot for him/her.  Whatever you decide, call ahead and talk to the Rangers.  And remember the sunscreen, water and electrolytes.  I suspect that BBRSP conditions will be about the same.  Have fun.  
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Re: BBRSP Trip in Late May?
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2008, 12:03:13 PM »
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It looks like some of the camp sites in the Bofecillos Range in BBRSP are at about 4000'
Is there a map available online...besides the one on the park website?

I'll report back if/when I learn something...

Not that I'm aware of. 

Here's something you might try.  Call Sauceda and request the list they have there of the coordinates of all the camp sites.  They should be able to email it to you.  When you get the list, plug the coordinates into your Mapsource or whatever GPS computer topo maps you may have...assuming you do have something like that.  Now you will have a good map of the campsites and the altitude of each.

I'd offer to share my list, but Toejam stole it from me.   :icon_lol:

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Re: BBRSP Trip in Late May?
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2008, 12:38:15 PM »
ah, that's a great idea. thanks!

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Re: BBRSP Trip in Late May?
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2008, 04:48:25 PM »
Yup. I didn't keep it though. That was a handy list for someone who actually uses a GPS.

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Offline cookch1

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Re: BBRSP Trip in Late May?
« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2008, 03:10:28 PM »
well, after a call to Sauceda I believe my plan is going to be....ditch the dog and head to the Chisos. Doesn't sound like there's much hope of escaping the heat at BBRSP. My next question is inevitably going to be day hike vs overnight @ the rim...but that's another discussion alltogether. Thanks for the help, folks.

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Re: BBRSP Trip in Late May?
« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2008, 04:24:04 PM »
For what it's worth, I have done the early summer a few times - If you're prepared mentally, it can be quite..... unique.   Early morning hiking, either with or without pack, can be done from 5:30 a.m. or so until about 10:00 -   You HAVE to go to ground from about 10:30 until 4:00 or so - I found two straight, old fashioned tent poles on one end of a space blanket, and the other end tied off, make a place you can hide....  If you do this, you must have some type of pad - inflatable the best, to keep you off the floor.   There is no way you could hide in a tent though - with no venalation or free flowing air it would be impossible. 

I like it, because the day is deathly, unbelievably quiet, but starting about 5:00 p.m. the desert begins coming to life.  By dusk, all the critters that have been hiding all day are out, and you can see reptiles, mammals, and all the other it has to offer. 

It's neat on the desert floor in summer mornings when the Chisos start heating when the sun hits; you can feel invisible rivers of cool air flow past you.  Chisos  are cooler, but in the big scheme of things, hot at 95 degrees or hot at 110 - either way, you'll be damned hot.  Just conserve energy, and don't do anything, nothing,   while waiting it out.  Believe me, even too hot for reading....  Just take it easy & plan... having sat out many days in the heat, hiding, I can see where it would be ridicuously easy to die quickly. 

 


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