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August High Chisos

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Offline Jonathan Sadow

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Re: August High Chisos
« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2016, 02:28:49 AM »
I'm at the front end of planning for an August foray into the High Chisos. 

We're looking at three days/two nights.

Suggestions?

I'm planning on doing this, too, although I already know what I'm going to do there.

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Offline TheWildWestGuy

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Re: August High Chisos
« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2016, 06:26:38 AM »
How about a day hike down the Juniper Canyon Trail to Upper Juniper Springs, relax in the shade for a while then hike back uphill to the South Rim/Campsite.   I have always enjoyed this stretch of trail between Boot Canyon and Upper Juniper Springs, it's very scenic and shaded and lots of interesting topography and views.   You could also get unlimited amounts of water from Upper Juniper Springs as it is perennial and reliable.   Other than that probably tinajas in Boot Canyon and slightly below or above the Upper Cattail Dam.  TWWG

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Re: August High Chisos
« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2016, 07:33:30 AM »
Do not rule out the possibility that it can start to hail during the afternoon thunderstorm that Flash referred to.  :icon_eek: It has happened to me more than once.
I've had it hail on me while camping on the Rim.   Been through several storms in the Upper Chisos.  Not fun at all.

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Re: August High Chisos
« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2016, 08:52:33 AM »
Thanks, everyone, for the information
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: August High Chisos
« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2016, 02:03:05 PM »
How about a day hike down the Juniper Canyon Trail to Upper Juniper Springs, relax in the shade for a while then hike back uphill to the South Rim/Campsite.   I have always enjoyed this stretch of trail between Boot Canyon and Upper Juniper Springs, it's very scenic and shaded and lots of interesting topography and views.   You could also get unlimited amounts of water from Upper Juniper Springs as it is perennial and reliable.   Other than that probably tinajas in Boot Canyon and slightly below or above the Upper Cattail Dam.  TWWG

So Upper Juniper Springs will be sure-fire, even in August?
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: August High Chisos
« Reply #20 on: June 10, 2016, 04:07:44 PM »
How about a day hike down the Juniper Canyon Trail to Upper Juniper Springs, relax in the shade for a while then hike back uphill to the South Rim/Campsite.   I have always enjoyed this stretch of trail between Boot Canyon and Upper Juniper Springs, it's very scenic and shaded and lots of interesting topography and views.   You could also get unlimited amounts of water from Upper Juniper Springs as it is perennial and reliable.   Other than that probably tinajas in Boot Canyon and slightly below or above the Upper Cattail Dam.  TWWG

So Upper Juniper Springs will be sure-fire, even in August?
Full of leaves and covered in bees! If not, TWWG will personally sherpa some water out there for you. :eusa_dance:

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Re: August High Chisos
« Reply #21 on: June 10, 2016, 11:50:44 PM »
How about a day hike down the Juniper Canyon Trail to Upper Juniper Springs, relax in the shade for a while then hike back uphill to the South Rim/Campsite.   I have always enjoyed this stretch of trail between Boot Canyon and Upper Juniper Springs, it's very scenic and shaded and lots of interesting topography and views.   You could also get unlimited amounts of water from Upper Juniper Springs as it is perennial and reliable.   Other than that probably tinajas in Boot Canyon and slightly below or above the Upper Cattail Dam.  TWWG


So Upper Juniper Springs will be sure-fire, even in August?
Full of leaves and covered in bees! If not, TWWG will personally sherpa some water out there for you. :eusa_dance:

Well many thanks then to TWWG!!!!!!!
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline TheWildWestGuy

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Re: August High Chisos
« Reply #22 on: June 13, 2016, 10:17:15 PM »
The bee's are not interested in stinging you,  just bail out all the leaves and mud out of the small rock pool under the granite boulder and then wait in the shade for 10 minutes for the pool to refill and clear up.   If you have enough time you can even bail it out a 2nd time and wait for it to fill up again.   Pour it through a bandanna and your GTG.   It's coming right out of the rock so you probably don't even need to treat it but you could always add 1/2 normal doze or less of iodine to it just to be safe.  Even during the historic drought of 2011 this was a reliable pool of water but the flow then was really weak - probably 1/10 gallon per minute, normal flow rate is ~1/2 gallon per minute or so.  The pool holds about 3 gallons.  This is normally better water quality than the often stagnant tinajas in Boot Canyon but requires more effort and patience.  But that's all part of the adventure!   Watch out for poison oak in this area - there is a lot of it but you can avoid it if your watching for it.  TWWG

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August High Chisos
« Reply #23 on: June 14, 2016, 09:51:13 PM »
Upper Juniper is the best tasting water I've had in Big Bend, that and Boot Spring flowing out of the pipe.


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Re: August High Chisos
« Reply #24 on: June 15, 2016, 08:59:36 AM »
One of my best overnights was to the S Rim in August.  Watched storms hopscotch across the unfolded desert below.  We counted 7 individual storms dangling rain and sparks. Beautiful slanted light, hummingbirds, and outflow breezes.  We had no water troubles, but that was then.
It's never too late to be what you might have been-Geroge Elliot

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Offline dprather

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Re: August High Chisos
« Reply #25 on: June 15, 2016, 02:55:15 PM »
For you heat and humidity fans, my son and I are presently in the Philippines.  History geeks, we spent the day on Corregidor.  Talk about oven-like and sticky!  It made me look forward to August in the Bend.

FYI for non-geeks - Corregidor is an island in Manila Bay.  The US turned it into a  wall-to-wall fort for defense of Manila in the run-up to WWII.  The island fortress was the final hold-out of US forces when the Japanese invaded the Philippines at the start of WWII and was a Japanese suicide hold-out as the Philippines were retaken at the end of the war.

We were impressed by the atmosphere.  The effect honors all the sacrifices.  The level of respect and reverence is very similar to one of the better-done Civil War battlefields.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

 


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