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Post Shutdown Nuttiness--Backbone and Huffman

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Offline steelfrog

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Post Shutdown Nuttiness--Backbone and Huffman
« on: October 21, 2013, 04:16:17 PM »
Well, Picacho and I headed to the park for some respite from the city this weekend, October 17-20.  Actually, we originally were headed to the Organ Mountains near Las Cruces; on hearing Thursday morning that a deal had been reached, we first called GUMO, where we wanted to run the entire Frijole Ridge and around McKitterick Canyon; no dice; only trail open was to Guad Peak because of the flooding and the shutdown which prevented trail reconstruction the last 3 weeks.  So, another option emerged--Big Bend!  Our old friend.  Late October, maybe we could head to the Quemada.  Backbone Ridge?  Picacho was hooked!  Called BB and they were open, although didn't advice Black Gap or river roads as they have not been maintained since winter flooding.  Undaunted, we headed there, got a permit for S05 and headed on back to ET trailhead.

Hiked in a bit at night and then with Lance Snead's help (some of which we didn't heed, to our peril) we headed cross country to the gap in the black dike below Backbone.  By now it was not only very hot, but humid as well.  Picacho is cold natured, and was hardly sweating; and is a bad arse; I on the other hand was literally wringing out my shirt; so we set up one and then a second advanced base camp and Picacho went for the summit, as time and water were becoming issues.  I made it to nearly the ridge before giving in to the heat; Picacho made the summit.

Then we had a near epic as it took us until 20 minutes after sunset to find our tents, and we had but 4 ounces of water remaining.  Close one!  Note to self, bring GPS and/or map and compass next time!

We then the next day had a rest day and did Ernst Tinaja, Boquillas Crossing, Rio Grande Village etc.

Then the next day, Sunday, we headed out but not before doing Mt. Huffman, which is a great bang for the buck hike.  Pictures:






























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Offline mbender

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Re: Post Shutdown Nuttiness--Backbone and Huffman
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2013, 04:49:39 PM »
Beautiful... blowin out the Big Bend cobwebs!!! .... but humidity? For real? In BIBE?

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Offline Lance

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Re: Post Shutdown Nuttiness--Backbone and Huffman
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2013, 04:56:31 PM »
Epic trip! Backbone Ridge looks like a real slog!  Fantastic pics too!  Those flower shots with ET are awesome.
Can't wait to see Picacho's summit pics.  Never seen any BB Ridge summit pics before, on this website or any other.

Hiked in a bit at night and then with Lance Snead's help (some of which we didn't heed, to our peril)
Maps and a GPS, who needs that crap?  A little tiny-ass iPhone picture of a map is all you need!
You're welcome too!

Speaking of maps, here's one that would have been useful:icon_lol:
This was from your Spot tracks as I watched you guys on Friday..
« Last Edit: October 21, 2013, 05:05:00 PM by lsnead »

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Offline Picacho

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Re: Post Shutdown Nuttiness--Backbone and Huffman
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2013, 10:11:18 PM »
It's late and I'm tired but here are a couple of shots. 

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Offline Picacho

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Re: Post Shutdown Nuttiness--Backbone and Huffman
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2013, 10:12:27 PM »
I cropped one of my photos of some goats that were running away as I approached the summit.  They quickly rounded the corner but I got a glimpse in my pic.  Does anyone know what kind these are?

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Online Flash

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Re: Post Shutdown Nuttiness--Backbone and Huffman
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2013, 10:28:48 PM »
I cropped one of my photos of some goats that were running away as I approached the summit.  They quickly rounded the corner but I got a glimpse in my pic.  Does anyone know what kind these are?
Aoudads?

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Post Shutdown Nuttiness--Backbone and Huffman
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2013, 11:59:54 PM »
Yep. Aoudad

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Offline TexasAggieHiker

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Re: Post Shutdown Nuttiness--Backbone and Huffman
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2013, 09:05:54 AM »
Aoudad, invasive species

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Offline Homer67

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Re: Post Shutdown Nuttiness--Backbone and Huffman
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2013, 12:06:59 PM »
Awesome! 

We'll be in that area soon, although we aren't going to climb Backbone Ridge.  The desert looks great right now.  It's going to be an awesome week in the Quemada!
Ah Big Bend, we will soon return to reacquaint ourselves in our ritual of blood, exhaustion and dehydration. How can we resist the temptation to strip ourselves of the maladies of civilization?

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Offline dprather

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Re: Post Shutdown Nuttiness--Backbone and Huffman
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2013, 10:16:53 PM »
Your pictures are, again, visual poetry.  Thanks.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

 


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