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Quote from: dprather on November 02, 2016, 11:05:38 PMThat's some high-quality advice. Thanks. What should I look for?Just look.....
That's some high-quality advice. Thanks. What should I look for?
This is NOT "high quality advice" that you can get from others, just a different idea. We found and used an old trail that proved to be fun and a little off-trail challenging on a trip a few years ago. It kept us from climbing the big hill south of Homer and dropped us on the Smokey Creek trail north of Surgerloaf. Look at the maps on this trip report. http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/hot-valentine's-get-a-way!/msg130869/#msg130869If you made Homer the first night( a heck of a hump, but light weight using the bear box for water), and used the cut off trail we used, you could make it fairly easily to that real nice campsite at Mule Ears overlook. This would have you see the black rock canyon area. Or, as you probably have thought about it, just walk ME path backwards past Goat mountain.Both ideas work for a 2 night/3day adventure.
PS: I'll be going solo.I've done the OML and Arkansas' Eagle Rock loop solo before. Are there any "contraindications" for doing Basin to Mule Ears solo?
#1 - genuine, genuine thanks for all advice. I'm glad I floated the question about solo.#2 - by a stroke of luck, my #1 backpacking amigo's schedule changed and, Lord willing, we'll both do the Basin to Mule Ears next week. Each of us are pretty skilled. Together we are strongly skilled. Even better, together we make a very strong team.#3 - added bonus: on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, when the rest of the country is all wrapped around the election axel, we'll be in one of those rare places where it really does not matter.
Well, the Lord wasn't willing. Two problems.My wife went to Marshall to visit our #2 son and his wife who is about to make us grandparents. While there, my wife's car went dead on Saturday afternoon. So...I have a dead car in NE Texas I have to go collect.And, my amigo had to abort.When it all goes bad, it isn't good.
Like dprather, I will be doing an almost identical route next week. However, given the closures, I'm going to start at the Mule Ears and head towards Homer Wilson.My main question: Is there any water along Smoky Creek given all the rain? If not, I don't mind going a little out of my way to Fresno Creek, but it would be good to know now.By the way dprather, can I email you? You can contact me at steve at fitpacking.com if you'd like.Thanks,Steve
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