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Great video. Really captured the beauty of the canyon. Some buddies and I camped there a few years ago on a cross-park hike from Pine Spring to McKittrick. Ate dinner on that same outcrop you were filming from, and had the added treat of watching a super moon rise and illuminate the canyon. Going down hill into McKittrick I was sure glad that I didnít have to hike up that trail. Itís relentless. Kudos to you on completing a tough hike and thanks for sharing the video. Sent from my iPhone using Big Bend Chat
Thanks, Clint! Enjoyed the video. Video does such a better job than stills in giving a sense of the space. You tackled what is probably the hardest itinerary in the park, going up to McKittrick Ridge campsite for an overnighter. I guess trail condition is a matter of point of view. I thought it was a pretty good trail in comparison with National Forest/Wilderness trails that seem to get little or no maintenance. I think there are basically two trail construction standards in the park: the Horseback/Wheelchair trails, and the Foot trails. The McKittrick trail down at the bottom is of the former type, as is the Guadalupe Peak trail, and other trails on the front side of the park, whereas the upper McKittrick Trail is definitely a footpath. The Wheelchair trails are okay, almost city sidewalks, but I prefer a narrow footpath as more aesthetically pleasing. The deep rounded gravel surface at the mouth of the canyon saps my strength worse than the rough and rocky bits later on.The views into McKittrick from the top of the ridge and from the saddle make me think of volcanic island in the Pacific. The jagged gray rock with greenery clinging wherever it can. The Guadalupes are limestone, not volcanic, but the appearance seems similar.Anyway, thanks a million for taking the time to make and edit and post the video. I'm glad you enjoyed your adventure and let us come along for the ride.
Thanks for posting the video Clint. I already commented on YouTube a good while back. But great video. Those massive cliffs deep in Mckittrick are truly amazing.
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