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Red Ass Spring

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Offline BEN AND GENA

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« on: December 05, 2006, 11:07:50 PM »
Woodrow,
On a trip to the park in March 05, we hiked one day to from the Burro Mesa pouroff road to Tule spring and then south of there to the three unlabeled springs shown on topo maps. The one farthest from Tule spring at lat. 29 13 33 and long. 103 28 26 (nad1927) is probably the one refered to as Red Ass spring. There is a very large cottenwood tree there and the spring was flowing at the time of our visit. On a straight line it's abot 1.3 mi. nw of the Chimney trail at the Chimneys and 2.2 mi. sw of Tule spring.
Here's a pic of the tree at the spring.



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Offline Al

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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2006, 11:20:17 PM »
Very nice.  Thanks!  Are those chaps?

Al

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SHANEA

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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2006, 11:23:29 PM »
That is some tree.  I wonder if there is a rule against building a large tree house in it  :shock:

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Offline BEN AND GENA

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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2006, 11:30:52 PM »
Al,
Yep, those are some heay duty cordura chaps that Gena and I got from Cabella several years ago. The best $40 investment for off trail hiking in BB we've ever made. Instead of having to tip-toe around all the things that want to stick in you, you just barrell right on through them.

Ben

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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2006, 11:51:38 PM »
A number of folks have pooped on Cabelas but I've always been pleased with the quality and the price.  I wear and have worn out several pairs of Cabelas boots and for years used a down jumpsuit bought from them, plus socks, hats, etc.  

I'm surprised you didn't jump in on the shorts vs. long pants thread.  Thanks for turning us on to them and great job for making it to Cottonwood at Red Ass springs!  I used Google Earth to zoom in on the lat and long  you provided and Yup, looks like a big tree.

Al

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Offline BIBEARCH

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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2006, 06:48:45 AM »
Some Big Bend trivia - this cottonwood tree is listed as the National Champion Populus fremontii subspecies mesetae and was listed by Jim Liles in the early 1980s as being 60 feet high, 60 feet crown spread, and 12.8 feet girth. Texas Forest SErvice came out here in 2005 and remeasured it and determined that it was actually 49 feet high, 84 feet crown spread, and 211 inch circumference (17.6 feet).
So, it either got flatter and broader with age (like some people I know) or Liles was guesstimating somewhat. Knowning Jim Liles, I'd bet he guesstimated somewhat.
The opinion expressed above is my own and not that of the National Park Service or the Federal government.

"Government of the people, by the people, for the people . . . people hey, that's us!"? - Swami Beyondananda

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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2006, 08:50:32 AM »
Nice.  We've also got the largest known Rio Grande Cottonwood, which is located outside Fort Davis.  It's dang near twice as big as this one, from what I remember.  One of the biggest trees I've ever seen.  I'll try to find a picture.

Ammended:
http://plantjournal.blogspot.com/2005/08/champion-rio-grande-cottonwood.html

 


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