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Yeh, it's another rainy cold day in Lufkin with not much going on.
Once again, thanks for all the post and information shared on this thread. I'm sure someone out there is saying "If RedBuffalo has to ask so many questions maybe he shouldn't be going out to MEP." To my defense, I still recall my desert wandering from my 1991 trek out there. And, I did read a news article where they found some fella from New York - well, the remains of him anyway - some seven years after his disapperance....
Google[/url])"]REMAINS FOUND BELIEVED TO BE THOSE OF MISSING HIKER AT BIG BEND NATIONAL PARKOn March 24, 2005, visitors hiking in the Mule Ears found a muddy backpack and brought it out to rangers. Rangers returned to the site with the hikers, because the area was the focus of an extensive search in June, 2004, for Peter Bastien of Dallas. Rangers later in the day located the skeletal remains, clothing, and identification of Bastien. The family has been notified of the tentative identification pending the results of dental record examination.On June 3, 2004, patrol rangers noted a Ford Taurus parked at the Mule Ears parking lot. Overnight backpackers routinely use this area for extended hikes and thus on June 7, 2004, when the vehicle was still in place, an investigation and lengthy search was begun.The investigation revealed the vehicle owner to be 37-year- old Peter Bastien. Search operations were expanded several days to include ground search teams, helicopters from Marfa Border patrol and the Department of Public Safety from Midland, the park’s own aircraft, horses, and tracking dogs. The operation was managed under the incident command system.As of June 14, 2004, all likely areas, clues, and leads had been followed as far as possible without success. The search effort is continued in a limited extended capacity with ground searchers having searched approximately 5,600 acres, and 33,000 acres searched by air.“The discovery of the remains believed to be Mr. Bastien after a long and exhaustive search effort will hopefully allow the friends and family of Mr. Bastien to find closure, as it will for park staff who committed their time to the search effort,” said Superintendent John H. King.
Man, that's scary - one badly spranged ankle or snake bite on a solo could end anyone as dinner for a panther / mountain lion. Wonder if he was taking that route that Picacho mentioned and that I had marked up?Repeat request: "Anyone want to take my first Google image and mark up the trail from MES to MEP?"
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