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First time backpacking

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Offline Allard.amber

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First time backpacking
« on: February 14, 2019, 09:19:40 PM »
Hi there,

I am looking for advice on our first backpacking trip to big bend. This will be our second backpacking trip overall and we hope to spend 1-3 nights. Advice on mapping out our trip,gear and water consumption/caches etc. are greatly appreciated. As well as any other tips or tricks.

Thanks!!

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Re: First time backpacking
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2019, 10:22:25 PM »
When are you planning on going? Hoe much time in the park will you have?

Since this will be your first time to the park (I assume), I'd recommend a one or two night loop in the Chisos Mountains to the South Rim. You could then spend any extra time you have getting to know the rest of the park by car and day hikes. The Outer Mountain Loop is the usual bucket-list trip that a lot of people choose if they're just going to Big Bend once for a backpacking experience. Nothing wrong with that, but with only one trip under your belt, it might be a bit much.

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Re: First time backpacking
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2019, 10:41:52 PM »
Tons of great information to mine in the "Trip Reports" and "Suggested Itineraries" sections of the forum. I'd suggest spending some quality time there getting familiar with popular itineraries and first-hand experiences.

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Re: First time backpacking
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2019, 01:33:31 AM »
When are you planning on going? Hoe much time in the park will you have?

Since this will be your first time to the park (I assume), I'd recommend a one or two night loop in the Chisos Mountains to the South Rim. You could then spend any extra time you have getting to know the rest of the park by car and day hikes. The Outer Mountain Loop is the usual bucket-list trip that a lot of people choose if they're just going to Big Bend once for a backpacking experience. Nothing wrong with that, but with only one trip under your belt, it might be a bit much.

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Re: First time backpacking
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2019, 10:34:31 AM »
When are you planning on going? Hoe much time in the park will you have?

Since this will be your first time to the park (I assume), I'd recommend a one or two night loop in the Chisos Mountains to the South Rim. You could then spend any extra time you have getting to know the rest of the park by car and day hikes. The Outer Mountain Loop is the usual bucket-list trip that a lot of people choose if they're just going to Big Bend once for a backpacking experience. Nothing wrong with that, but with only one trip under your belt, it might be a bit much.

Outstanding advice

+1 Excellent advice.

And, as WNdx pointed out, there is a ton of good advice, and answers to all your questions, to be found in the “Trip Reports” and “Suggested Itineraries” sections of this board.

Enjoy the research. And good luck on your trip!


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Offline Ravenpuff

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Re: First time backpacking
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2019, 07:44:39 PM »
I did the south rim as an overnight trip for my second ever backpacking trip with my much more experienced at backpacking spouse. I highly recommend it! It was a great way to ease into it and get more familiar with the chisos/ rim trails in preparation for eventually doing the OML. There are lots of great backpacking sites up in the mountains.


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Re: First time backpacking
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2019, 09:04:15 AM »
When are you planning on going? Hoe much time in the park will you have?

Since this will be your first time to the park (I assume), I'd recommend a one or two night loop in the Chisos Mountains to the South Rim. You could then spend any extra time you have getting to know the rest of the park by car and day hikes. The Outer Mountain Loop is the usual bucket-list trip that a lot of people choose if they're just going to Big Bend once for a backpacking experience. Nothing wrong with that, but with only one trip under your belt, it might be a bit much.

We’ll be going up for spring break,the week of March 11th and will have about 7 days there.


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