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Any GUMO Trips Planned?

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Offline wrangler88

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Re: Any GUMO Trips Planned?
« Reply #30 on: August 14, 2017, 09:54:27 PM »
Ever been after a big rain?



https://youtu.be/mPNBZt_RjXc?t=4m40s
In this video we were there at the end of September 2014. I believe the park had gotten something like 8 - 10 inches of rain a few days before we got there. They had the majority of the backcountry closed but opened McKittrick Canyon the day we got there. The water was flowing pretty good, especially for the mouth of the canyon.

It has never actually rained while I was there. I wouldn't mind a decent rain on my next trip.

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Re: Any GUMO Trips Planned?
« Reply #31 on: August 15, 2017, 06:27:13 PM »
wrangler88,
Regarding infatuation with the Guadalupes, I'm right there with you.  Maybe it's an odd sense of personal ownership, or the memories of good trips that draw us back.  I was thinking that in your case, GM has the advantage of being closer than BB, but was amazed that, per Googlemaps, the distance from Ft Worth to either park is identical: 489 miles.  I hadn't checked it before, but I'm actually 50 miles closer to BBNP than to GMNP.  Hmmm...

Regarding the rain, the old joke is no joke: the west Texas rancher was asked how much rain he got last year, and he replied, "Oh, about ten inches.  And I remember the night it came!"
"Ah, sure, I'm a gnawed old bone now, but say, don't you guys think the spirit's gone!"

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Re: Any GUMO Trips Planned?
« Reply #32 on: August 17, 2017, 12:12:31 AM »
wrangler88,
Regarding infatuation with the Guadalupes, I'm right there with you.  Maybe it's an odd sense of personal ownership, or the memories of good trips that draw us back.  I was thinking that in your case, GM has the advantage of being closer than BB, but was amazed that, per Googlemaps, the distance from Ft Worth to either park is identical: 489 miles.  I hadn't checked it before, but I'm actually 50 miles closer to BBNP than to GMNP.  Hmmm...

Regarding the rain, the old joke is no joke: the west Texas rancher was asked how much rain he got last year, and he replied, "Oh, about ten inches.  And I remember the night it came!"

Yeah they're both about the same distance from me. I don't know what it is. I guess a sense of ownership maybe. I have noticed a ton more people the past few times I've been out there. Might just be the days I'm going. Even with the campground packed, I hardly see anyone in the back country. Especially past Hunter Peak/Pine Top.

Honestly GUMO seems simpler to me. I feel like I have the whole trail system completely memorized. That may be part of it. Just a familiarity I guess.

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Re: Any GUMO Trips Planned?
« Reply #33 on: August 31, 2018, 05:59:13 PM »
wrangler88,
Regarding infatuation with the Guadalupes, I'm right there with you.  Maybe it's an odd sense of personal ownership, or the memories of good trips that draw us back.  I was thinking that in your case, GM has the advantage of being closer than BB, but was amazed that, per Googlemaps, the distance from Ft Worth to either park is identical: 489 miles.  I hadn't checked it before, but I'm actually 50 miles closer to BBNP than to GMNP.  Hmmm...

Regarding the rain, the old joke is no joke: the west Texas rancher was asked how much rain he got last year, and he replied, "Oh, about ten inches.  And I remember the night it came!"

Yeah they're both about the same distance from me. I don't know what it is. I guess a sense of ownership maybe. I have noticed a ton more people the past few times I've been out there. Might just be the days I'm going. Even with the campground packed, I hardly see anyone in the back country. Especially past Hunter Peak/Pine Top.

Honestly GUMO seems simpler to me. I feel like I have the whole trail system completely memorized. That may be part of it. Just a familiarity I guess.

Do you have any plans for GUMO in September?


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Re: Any GUMO Trips Planned?
« Reply #34 on: September 04, 2018, 09:35:41 PM »
wrangler88,
Regarding infatuation with the Guadalupes, I'm right there with you.  Maybe it's an odd sense of personal ownership, or the memories of good trips that draw us back.  I was thinking that in your case, GM has the advantage of being closer than BB, but was amazed that, per Googlemaps, the distance from Ft Worth to either park is identical: 489 miles.  I hadn't checked it before, but I'm actually 50 miles closer to BBNP than to GMNP.  Hmmm...

Regarding the rain, the old joke is no joke: the west Texas rancher was asked how much rain he got last year, and he replied, "Oh, about ten inches.  And I remember the night it came!"

Yeah they're both about the same distance from me. I don't know what it is. I guess a sense of ownership maybe. I have noticed a ton more people the past few times I've been out there. Might just be the days I'm going. Even with the campground packed, I hardly see anyone in the back country. Especially past Hunter Peak/Pine Top.

Honestly GUMO seems simpler to me. I feel like I have the whole trail system completely memorized. That may be part of it. Just a familiarity I guess.

Do you have any plans for GUMO in September?


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The earliest I'll be there is November. But it may be winter before I make it out.

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Re: Any GUMO Trips Planned?
« Reply #35 on: September 05, 2018, 07:32:12 PM »
wrangler88,
Regarding infatuation with the Guadalupes, I'm right there with you.  Maybe it's an odd sense of personal ownership, or the memories of good trips that draw us back.  I was thinking that in your case, GM has the advantage of being closer than BB, but was amazed that, per Googlemaps, the distance from Ft Worth to either park is identical: 489 miles.  I hadn't checked it before, but I'm actually 50 miles closer to BBNP than to GMNP.  Hmmm...

Regarding the rain, the old joke is no joke: the west Texas rancher was asked how much rain he got last year, and he replied, "Oh, about ten inches.  And I remember the night it came!"

Yeah they're both about the same distance from me. I don't know what it is. I guess a sense of ownership maybe. I have noticed a ton more people the past few times I've been out there. Might just be the days I'm going. Even with the campground packed, I hardly see anyone in the back country. Especially past Hunter Peak/Pine Top.

Honestly GUMO seems simpler to me. I feel like I have the whole trail system completely memorized. That may be part of it. Just a familiarity I guess.

Do you have any plans for GUMO in September?


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The earliest I'll be there is November. But it may be winter before I make it out.
I'm down for Winter at GUMO. I've never been. My car insists on turning South.

Re: Any GUMO Trips Planned?
« Reply #36 on: November 09, 2018, 09:05:08 PM »
Next week.

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Re: Any GUMO Trips Planned?
« Reply #37 on: November 10, 2018, 03:18:15 AM »
Next week.

Anything interesting?
I should be going Newyears eve.

Re: Any GUMO Trips Planned?
« Reply #38 on: November 10, 2018, 08:32:37 AM »
Naw, nothing really new. I'm figuring it'll be crowded due to colors so will head to the north side, if it's full I'll maybe stay in LNF. I may or may not backpack; Marcus BC is one of the last of the ones I've never seen. I just hit the big 6-0 yesterday, so for my birthday i gave myself a vacation:  "I've got 8 days vacation and am gonna head to GUMO for a while but maybe other places." THink I'm going to start in Seminole canyon for a day, GUMO, may even visit a friend in Santa Fe. Retiring Dec 31, so some friends and I have a Big Bend trip scheduled for Jan.

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Re: Any GUMO Trips Planned?
« Reply #39 on: November 11, 2018, 01:34:42 PM »
Naw, nothing really new. I'm figuring it'll be crowded due to colors so will head to the north side, if it's full I'll maybe stay in LNF. I may or may not backpack; Marcus BC is one of the last of the ones I've never seen. I just hit the big 6-0 yesterday, so for my birthday i gave myself a vacation:  "I've got 8 days vacation and am gonna head to GUMO for a while but maybe other places." THink I'm going to start in Seminole canyon for a day, GUMO, may even visit a friend in Santa Fe. Retiring Dec 31, so some friends and I have a Big Bend trip scheduled for Jan.

Oh awesome. Congratulations. I would love to visit Seminole Canyon. Its just way out of the way to anywhere for me.

Marcus is a cool campsite. Way different then every other site out there. And when I was there a couple nights, I never had the feeling that anyone else would ever walk by. The only thing that bothered me was that, what I'm guessing was a trail crew, left a bunch of trash and building supplies out there behind the campground.

Re: Any GUMO Trips Planned?
« Reply #40 on: November 21, 2018, 03:45:54 PM »
Well I ended up not backpacking, just chillin'. Started a night (Monday) in Seminole Canyon SP (easy half day from Austin) where I could build a fire. Then next day to GUMO and Dog Canyon; glad it wasn't the previous day because the official low temp in DC was 13. Took 285 to Ft Stockton and there is no oilfield exposure south of FS. Thence to I10 and US54; takes a bit longer but whatchagonnado?
Then just camped and hung out at DC for a few days. Was 23 first night, a bit warmer each successive day/night. One other person in the campground the whole time. A handful of other day visitors. Looked to be about 2 weeks after peak color; no color at all for me.

Weather was nice; some might find the nights too cold.

I did notice on the way in on Dark Canyon rd I passed about 6 or 8 RVs coming out; maybe they'd been in LNF?

Also...last night there I heard the most godawful screaming I've ever heard in the backcountry. Sounded like a woman screaming. First thought was maybe a screech Owl, now wondering if it was a fox?

No photos, pretty poor trip report I know. Just a trip to get outdoors.
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Re: Any GUMO Trips Planned?
« Reply #41 on: November 21, 2018, 05:02:38 PM »
Well I ended up not backpacking, just chillin'. Started a night (Monday) in Seminole (easy half day from Austin) where I could build a fire. Then next day to GUMO and Dog Canyon; glad it wasn't the previous day because the official low temp in DC was 13. Took 285 to Ft Stockton and there is no oilfield exposure south of FS. Thence to I10 and US54; takes a bit longer but whatchagonnado?
Then just camped and hung out at DC for a few days. Was 23 first night, a bit warmer each successive day/night. One other person in the campground the whole time. A handful of other day visitors. Looked to be about 2 weeks after peak color; no color at all for me.

Weather was nice; some might find the nights too cold.

I did notice on the way in on Dark Canyon rd I passed about 6 or 8 RVs coming out; maybe they'd been in LNF?

Also...last night there I heard the most godawful screaming I've ever heard in the backcountry. Sounded like a woman screaming. First thought was maybe a screech Owl, now wondering if it was a fox?

No photos, pretty poor trip report I know. Just a trip to get outdoors.
Screaming was probably a bobcat.  Sounded like a relaxing trip!

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Re: Any GUMO Trips Planned?
« Reply #42 on: November 21, 2018, 05:57:51 PM »

Also...last night there I heard the most godawful screaming I've ever heard in the backcountry. Sounded like a woman screaming. First thought was maybe a screech Owl, now wondering if it was a fox?



Screaming was probably a bobcat.  Sounded like a relaxing trip!


Or a Mountain Lion!  Female advertising for a mate. Not really the time of year I'd expect it (Feb-May would be more common) but I heard one once at night in the Chisos in November. It can necessitate a change of undies.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                 
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Re: Any GUMO Trips Planned?
« Reply #43 on: November 21, 2018, 10:30:30 PM »
(Edited to clarify "Seminole Canyon" not just "Seminole" which are two quite different places.)

The behavior of the screamer was an animal making it's way down the canyon, on the East side of me if you're familiar with the campground at Dog Canyon. About ten seconds of scream maybe a few hundred yards south and east; then about ten minutes another ten-15 seconds of scream even with me, then a bit later even further down the canyon. Behavior might be consistent with an animal advertising for a mate. Need to find some youtube of more bobcat screams; maybe the lion.

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Re: Any GUMO Trips Planned?
« Reply #44 on: November 22, 2018, 10:20:47 AM »


(Edited to clarify "Seminole Canyon" not just "Seminole" which are two quite different places.)

The behavior of the screamer was an animal making it's way down the canyon, on the East side of me if you're familiar with the campground at Dog Canyon. About ten seconds of scream maybe a few hundred yards south and east; then about ten minutes another ten-15 seconds of scream even with me, then a bit later even further down the canyon. Behavior might be consistent with an animal advertising for a mate. Need to find some youtube of more bobcat screams; maybe the lion.

My dogs, who have never even seen a house cat, did not like the video when I played it.

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