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Mesa de Aguila advice

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Offline ghysdulkc

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Re: Mesa de Aguila advice
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2019, 10:03:32 AM »
When are you going? I will be on the Mesa again at the end of January.
It's amazing how quickly the human body deteriorates when you sit around indoors.

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Re: Mesa de Aguila advice
« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2019, 10:54:10 AM »
Thanks again for the great replies.

Would Bruja canyon be a better use of time than Old Dam maybe?

The reason I chose the campsite on the north rim for night 1 was twofold:

First, I read in some trip report that although their plan was to sleep at the point, they found little to no ground suitable for sleeping and were glad in hindsight that they had slept at the marked campsite. My reservation regarding this piece of Intel however is that I believe they had to pitch two tents and we will be two cowboy campers so we would need much less of a flat area.

Second, we will be arriving late the first day (aiming for an 11am start) so I was ready to camp at the nearer location. If we have daylight enough to head to the point, we may.
Again I would recommend checking out my Lajitas to the Basin trip report from 2008.  It discusses going to the point, descending upper Bruja and Old Dam tinaja.

Even for cowboy camping I didn't see any decent, non-razor sharp places at the point but some people do it

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Re: Mesa de Aguila advice
« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2019, 07:45:35 AM »
if you really want to camp at the point bring lots of padding to put under your air mattress and be prepared to sleep on a slight incline.

sharp fluted limestone is everywhere up there.

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Re: Mesa de Aguila advice
« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2019, 08:31:40 AM »
looking through some pictures it's actually flatter than I remember right at the rim.  I would still bring something to protect your air mattress if you use one, the fluted limestone really is sharp.




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Re: Mesa de Aguila advice
« Reply #19 on: January 14, 2019, 11:04:36 AM »
The point has terrific camp spots; wouldn't recommend a blow up mattress, just closed cell foam.

Having popped numerous blow ups in BB, I don't take them there any more

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Re: Mesa de Aguila advice
« Reply #20 on: January 14, 2019, 02:59:34 PM »
I camped about half a mile from the point. It was very rocky. I spent 30 minutes clearing out a campsite.



You can setup base camp in the sinkhole area, it is flat and soft and you are near Tinaja Rana/Blanca. Then do day hikes to explore other parts of MDA.

With all the rain in the past couple of months there should be plenty of water on the MDA.

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Re: Mesa de Aguila advice
« Reply #21 on: January 14, 2019, 04:05:14 PM »
looking through some pictures it's actually flatter than I remember right at the rim.  I would still bring something to protect your air mattress if you use one, the fluted limestone really is sharp.



I remember it being relatively flat, but not level, and essentially like walking on razor blades. I recall we were all glad we had camped elsewhere and weren't trying to find spots. May have just been the exhaustion kicking in.
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Re: Mesa de Aguila advice
« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2019, 07:51:34 AM »
looking through some pictures it's actually flatter than I remember right at the rim.  I would still bring something to protect your air mattress if you use one, the fluted limestone really is sharp.



I remember it being relatively flat, but not level, and essentially like walking on razor blades. I recall we were all glad we had camped elsewhere and weren't trying to find spots. May have just been the exhaustion kicking in.

yeah it was a long hot slog out there, would have been even less fun with a pack full of water.

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Re: Mesa de Aguila advice
« Reply #23 on: January 16, 2019, 01:49:44 PM »
Looks like you've gotten lots of great input from the experts here on BBC. I think you can get up La Mariposa by going down the Entrance Camp trail a little ways and then working your way up the east side. Haven't done it, but it looks doable that way. It looks like there could be some really incredible views of the river from the summit.

I have found Lance's Big Bend Google Earth Project - IMMENSELY helpful!!!
Thanks for the kind feedback and I'm glad you're finding it useful. If you haven't seen it already, check out this post I made with additional overlays for Google Earth. They pair quite nicely with the Big Bend Google Earth Project.

Have a great trip!

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Re: Mesa de Aguila advice
« Reply #24 on: January 16, 2019, 10:55:31 PM »
When are you going? I will be on the Mesa again at the end of January.

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