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Wrangler88, I'm planning a solo trip the last week of September. If you don't mind, would you update us on conditions (especially temps) when you get back? I haven't been out there in a few years and don't remember what to expect in SeptemberSent from my iPhone using Big Bend Chat
Quote from: wrangler88 on August 09, 2017, 08:15:01 AMThat's a great shot TexasAggie. Did you hike the 4 highest peaks in a day or do Shumard and Bartlett together?Did Bartlett and Shumard in a day from the Bush Mountain campsite. Also did Guad and El Cap in a day. There's a trip report on hear somewhere. *edt: found it. http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/gumo-general-discussion/guadalupe-8-000-footers/
That's a great shot TexasAggie. Did you hike the 4 highest peaks in a day or do Shumard and Bartlett together?
wrangler88,Always impressed by how much ground you cover in your outings. Your next trip will be just 2-1/2 days long, yet such diverse and demanding objectives! My tendency all along has been to underrate my strength, and/or overrate the difficulties. It's good to push the envelope, whatever one's age or abilities, and see that you can do better than you thought.I'm excited for you to do the McKittrick Trail up to McKittrick Ridge. I think you'll find it exceptional. I want to do the Permian Reef/Wilderness Ridge sometime; I'll bet it's a blast. I wonder if there's a trip report on it anywhere? Haven't seen any photos, other than car campers driving in from the north.The Shumard/Bone Canyon trip sounds really good. I wish I'd taken a little more time out there in May to see Bone Canyon, but then I shouldn't be greedy; what a great trip as it was! While on the El Capitan Trail, I couldn't help thinking about Colin Fletcher's hike along the Esplanade in Grand Canyon (The Man Who Walked Through Time).
I'm not a huge reader but I did finally read Legends and Lore of the Guadalupe Mountains a few months ago. I loved it. Read the whole thing in two days. Definitely interesting to learn some history of where you're walking. And got me excited to go back out and do some off trail hiking eventually. I know a lot of the stuff might not be true but it's still neat to think about.
Wrangler88, did that book mention anythingl about Ben Sublett and his mine? I have been reading Coronado's Children by Frank Dobie. One chapter is about tales of gold in the Guadalupe Mountains and Ben Sublett in particular. Apparently, folks are still looking for it...
The Permian reef trail is your tipical GUMO trail. All up hill until you get to the backcountry. Cool views to east as you go up. Once on top the views down into north and south McKittrick are great! Wilderness ridge camp sites are nice and spread out. I'll have to post some pics of my hike there in April.
I want to do the Permian Reef/Wilderness Ridge sometime; I'll bet it's a blast. I wonder if there's a trip report on it anywhere? Haven't seen any photos, other than car campers driving in from the north.
This isn't my trip report, and hopefully its okay to post it, but I read this one a while back and think its a great report of the Permian Reef Trail. She does a great job and has great pictures and tips.http://ramblinghemlock.blogspot.com/2015/12/permian-reef-geology-trail-in-guadalupe.html
we got specific instructions on water source locations from the Big Bend Chat website
Quote from: wrangler88 on August 12, 2017, 06:03:21 PMThis isn't my trip report, and hopefully its okay to post it, but I read this one a while back and think its a great report of the Permian Reef Trail. She does a great job and has great pictures and tips.http://ramblinghemlock.blogspot.com/2015/12/permian-reef-geology-trail-in-guadalupe.htmlReferencing trip reports from outside BBC is fine, as long as the author is cool with it. If they aren't, then they shouldn't make their blogs public. Besides, the author may just be a member here...Quote from: http://ramblinghemlock.blogspot.com/2015/12/outer-mountain-loop-day-1.htmlwe got specific instructions on water source locations from the Big Bend Chat website
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