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Need suggestions for 6 day BBRSP backpack

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Offline DesertRatShorty

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Need suggestions for 6 day BBRSP backpack
« on: January 10, 2019, 12:59:59 PM »
If the shutdown hasn't ended in a couple of weeks I'll be looking to take a 6 day / 5 night backpack in BBRSP. I'll want to steer clear of the Ranchieras loop as it sounds like it would be pretty busy. I will have a shuttle available to me (low clearance) so point-to-point is definitely on the table. I also want to avoid encountering people and especially two and four wheeled conveyances as much as possible while in the backcountry, although I realize that will be harder given the high usage right now. I have scoured past reports here on BBC but still have some questions.

1. What are the reliable water sources? Any recent reports?
2. What are the most heavily used "multi-use" (hike/bike/saddle) trails so I can avoid as much as possible?
3. What are the best areas for solitude and exploration?

Suggested itineraries are welcome but I'm also happy to piece together my own route once I  get input on the above. And I'll be sure to post a detailed report so your input will be rewarded.

Thanks.
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Re: Need suggestions for 6 day BBRSP backpack
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2019, 01:55:18 PM »
Wow. That's a big ask and may take some time to put together. In the meantime, there is a post from user Trtlrock from 2015 detailing a pretty epic cross-park fandango that should capture some of the high points you are looking for. I will note that he spent months in planning and weeks caching, so don't expect an off-the-shelf option here.

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Re: Need suggestions for 6 day BBRSP backpack
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2019, 02:48:32 PM »
Good luck and Godspeeed, DRS. I understand, and I will be rooting for you all the way.  :notworthy:
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Re: Need suggestions for 6 day BBRSP backpack
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2019, 06:32:27 PM »
Wow. That's a big ask and may take some time to put together. In the meantime, there is a post from user Trtlrock from 2015 detailing a pretty epic cross-park fandango that should capture some of the high points you are looking for. I will note that he spent months in planning and weeks caching, so don't expect an off-the-shelf option here.
I'm mainly looking for any insight on water availability. I can plan the rest.

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Re: Need suggestions for 6 day BBRSP backpack
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2019, 10:47:06 AM »
Okay, so I've asked around and interviewed visitors and members of Voyageur Outward Bound and here's what I have. In the Fresno Canyon, the Fresno Cascades are dry but surface water can be found about a mile below near the Sleeper Cabin/ Whalebones area, as well as up Arroyo Primero in the vicinity of Casa Madrid. There is some surface water at Crawford-Smith, but the signed water spigot is currently out of order. There is also surface water about 1.5 miles North of the West Contrabando TH at a spot locally known as the narrows. Elsewhere, there is water at Ojo de Leon and Rancherias Springs, though apparently one must do a bit of bushwhacking to find it. There is also some surface water in the north end of the Lower Shutup, though this is the only natural water source in the Solitario. That's all I have for now. Be careful and plan wisely.
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Re: Need suggestions for 6 day BBRSP backpack
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2019, 09:12:05 PM »
Ranger Tim, I really appreciate your gathering and sharing this information.

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