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Marufo Vega

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Offline billh

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Marufo Vega
« on: February 28, 2018, 11:43:55 AM »
We hiked MV last week. We hit the trail later than we wanted. I hiked with 3 friends. We hiked for the first time 40 years ago in the Wind River range. We hiked in and camped in the wash just after the split. I didn't take a tarp or tent, but others had a tent in case of emergency. I put my sleeping pad out and fell asleep watching the Big Dipper straight over head. We took our camp down, stowed our food up in a Sotol, and dayhiked the loop counterclockwise.

We hit the river, treated some water as we had planned and had a great lunch. First, we all stripped and went swimming in the RG. It was really refreshing. We lingered there for a bit, so the hike out was ALL in the shade. I highly recommend this as it made that 1000 foot climb really manageable for these 62 year old legs.

We got back to our campsite and again, I slept out. It rained that night, but I slept right through it!

the next day we crossed to Boquillas had great enchiladas at Falcon's and then a dip in the hot springs.

I can't say enough abut how beautiful this trail is.

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Offline Robert

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Re: Marufo Vega
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2018, 12:44:32 PM »
I can't say enough abut how beautiful this trail is.

Yes, I had that feeling when hiking it again after a long absence. It really has a lot of variation in scenery and views.

Great to see you on BBC. Will this trip make it into one of your D Magazine articles?

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Offline House Made of Dawn

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Re: Marufo Vega
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2018, 01:23:18 PM »
We hiked MV last week. We hit the trail later than we wanted. I hiked with 3 friends. We hiked for the first time 40 years ago in the Wind River range. We hiked in and camped in the wash just after the split. I didn't take a tarp or tent, but others had a tent in case of emergency. I put my sleeping pad out and fell asleep watching the Big Dipper straight over head. We took our camp down, stowed our food up in a Sotol, and dayhiked the loop counterclockwise.

We hit the river, treated some water as we had planned and had a great lunch. First, we all stripped and went swimming in the RG. It was really refreshing. We lingered there for a bit, so the hike out was ALL in the shade. I highly recommend this as it made that 1000 foot climb really manageable for these 62 year old legs.

We got back to our campsite and again, I slept out. It rained that night, but I slept right through it!

the next day we crossed to Boquillas had great enchiladas at Falcon's and then a dip in the hot springs.

I can't say enough abut how beautiful this trail is.

You can take the hippie out of the wild, but you can't take the wild out of the hippie. Even at 62.
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."


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Offline mule ears

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Re: Marufo Vega
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2018, 02:24:05 PM »
I can't say enough abut how beautiful this trail is.

Yes, I had that feeling when hiking it again after a long absence. It really has a lot of variation in scenery and views.

Great to see you on BBC. Will this trip make it into one of your D Magazine articles?

+1, glad to see you back!  Great way to do the loop.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Offline dprather

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Re: Marufo Vega
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2018, 02:59:39 PM »
Thanks for the report.  You are killing me!
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

 


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