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Big Bend National Park Q&A => Hiking the Desert => Topic started by: Clint Turner on November 20, 2018, 09:16:21 PM

Title: Full Video of Marufo Vega Trail November 2018
Post by: Clint Turner on November 20, 2018, 09:16:21 PM
Hey guys, my cousin and I completed the Marufo Vega Trail earlier this month.  I've been wanting to do the MVT for many years now and have been putting it off for a while.  I've been reading all of the forums about the MVT and I truly appreciate all of the info here on BBC as it prepared me for a successful hike.  But oddly enough after all of my research I discovered the lack of detailed videos covering  this amazing trail.  So I set out to cover the entire loop in a detailed video to help prepare anyone that is thinking about attempting this trail.

So here it is!

https://youtu.be/HMp7Qxhnklg

I absolutely enjoyed this trail and I hope you enjoy the video as well!
Title: Re: Full Video of Marufo Vega Trail November 2018
Post by: mule ears on November 21, 2018, 07:00:21 AM
Nice video Clint.  Yes the North fork is steep but I find the footing much better than the South fork and it is in the shade.  The South fork is covered with baby head rocks that, to me, are easy to slide or roll on.  I would much rather go down the north and up the south like you did.  Not surprised that the ranger did not know about Split rock, if they had ever read anything or walked the trail they would know about it.

A great return route is to take the alternate fork at the top before the big climb down and drop into Ernst Valley to the Strawhouse trail and follow it back out and through a cool little canyon before it reconnects with the Marufo Vega trail.  It only adds a few tenths of a mile to the trip.

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Title: Re: Full Video of Marufo Vega Trail November 2018
Post by: Slimkitty on November 21, 2018, 07:12:46 AM
Thank you so much for this!  Iíve only hiked a portion of the MV and am determined to eventually hike the whole thing. 


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Title: Re: Full Video of Marufo Vega Trail November 2018
Post by: Clint Turner on November 21, 2018, 07:22:39 AM
Thank you for watching and I'm glad you've enjoyed it.  The MV has proved to be a tough trail and hopefully it will help others in their preparations for a successful hike!
Title: Re: Full Video of Marufo Vega Trail November 2018
Post by: South Texas Gal on November 30, 2018, 05:06:32 PM
Thanks for posting!  Finally a video that shows the treacherous terrain.  I have been researching this train for a few years.  Certainly not a journey to be taken lightly.  :eusa_naughty:  This trail is on my bucket list.  Out of all the water you took how much was left over?   CONGRATS!
Title: Re: Full Video of Marufo Vega Trail November 2018
Post by: randell on November 30, 2018, 07:24:34 PM
Nice!  That video has such high resolution that you really feel like you are there!  Is that a GoPro?  4k resolution?  I've done the Marufo Vega twice and now my son wants to go so number 3 will be one of our future trips when we get a chance.
Title: Re: Full Video of Marufo Vega Trail November 2018
Post by: Clint Turner on December 01, 2018, 07:58:39 AM
I'm glad you guys are enjoying it! with all of the water we carried I think we finished with about 1.5 liters each.  When we made it back to our cached water topped off our reservoirs and used half of the gallon to mix up some electrolytes.  This is definitely a trail you'd want to bring too much water for. Even with the cooler temperatures I still sweated so much that my face was covered with salt... (check out the part after we set up camp) 

And as for resolution, this was all from my GoPro that I carry below my handle on my trekking pole. I always video at 1080res@60FPS. (set at the MED field of view as the wide angle is too hard to watch) Good luck on your 3rd trip... this is a great time of year to do it!
Title: Re: Full Video of Marufo Vega Trail November 2018
Post by: Casa Grande on December 01, 2018, 06:44:20 PM
Good stuff, Clint.  Thanks for sharing your vids.

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Title: Re: Full Video of Marufo Vega Trail November 2018
Post by: Clint Turner on December 01, 2018, 08:31:17 PM
Good stuff, Clint.  Thanks for sharing your vids.

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Thank you! I enjoy making them! I'm hoping do Mariscal Canyon real soon too!
Title: Re: Full Video of Marufo Vega Trail November 2018
Post by: Casa Grande on December 02, 2018, 03:10:30 PM
Good stuff, Clint.  Thanks for sharing your vids.

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Thank you! I enjoy making them! I'm hoping do Mariscal Canyon real soon too!
Can't wait for that one.  This is something I've been wanting to document on to Virtual Big Bend for 15 years. Nice work.

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Title: Re: Full Video of Marufo Vega Trail November 2018
Post by: Clint Turner on December 02, 2018, 06:52:32 PM
Thank you! I used Virtual Big Bend to plan my first trip to BBNP over 8 years ago...itís great!


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Title: Re: Full Video of Marufo Vega Trail November 2018
Post by: Casa Grande on December 05, 2018, 07:57:21 PM
Thank you! I used Virtual Big Bend to plan my first trip to BBNP over 8 years ago...itís great!


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