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MARUFO VEGA - we finally did it!

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Offline dprather

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MARUFO VEGA - we finally did it!
« on: November 09, 2013, 06:57:39 PM »
My amigo has added another adjective to trail descriptions.  To easy, moderate, and strenuous, he has added treacherous.  The MV is a son-of-a-gun!

We began on Thursday (11/7).  It was overcast, breezy and cool - just perfect. 

We knew that it would be challenging (we are 58 & 59) and awesome.  It was both in spades. 

The remoteness is really staggering.  The maze of canyons is like being lost on the streets of downtown San Antonio, all this way and that, but with sights far more stunning than high-rise offices.

The descent down the North Fork into Boquillas Canyon is all white-knuckles and deep breaths - especially when you round a steep corner and find yourself looking directly into a dandy Mountain Lion cave!   It is all toe-nails and toe-tips down the most treacherous, very nearly vertical sections.   

We went the North Fork all the way to the South Fork sign on the first day and then camped on a small saddle just down the river trail from the South Fork sign.

At 4:00 A.M. on Friday it began to rain.  At first I thought that it would provide soothing rain-drop sounds to finish off a night's sleep - but it did not stop.  It rained for about 12 straight hours - not hard, but steady.

We waited in hope that it would stop, but at 10:00 we had to go.  Out of our tents, we were immediately soaked.  All our stuff was wet.  35 pound packs turned into packs that weighed much more than that.  And then we began that brutal South Fork uphill.

We finished the MV in the rain, soaked, chilled, and bone tired, but otherwise in good order at 4:00 P.M. and off to the showers at Rio Grande Village. 

This was maybe our finest hour. 

Half-way back my amigo reminded me of what Teddy Roosevelt would have said under tough conditions - Bully! And bullier still!!  When our fingers went numb, when we staggered, when we were harpooned by another devilish desert plant, when another wind chilled us, or when we brushed by a creosote bush and were rebaptised with accumulated rain from the leaves, it was BULLY! Bullier Still! and keep on going.  We are proud to say that we have done the MV in the rain.
« Last Edit: November 09, 2013, 08:25:28 PM by dprather »
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline SA Bill

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Re: MARUFO VEGA - we finally did it!
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2013, 07:26:20 PM »
 :eusa_clap: :great:
You survived! Great job. Now about those pictures....for Homero?
   Bill
Bill - In San Antonio

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Growing up is optional.

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Offline mule ears

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Re: MARUFO VEGA - we finally did it!
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2013, 07:35:47 PM »
Well done, including the Teddy Roosevelt.  It is hard to believe that both you two and Lissa both had day long rain event and on separate days.  What is going on with the crazy weather this year?  I also await pictures or further details.   :eusa_clap:
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Offline dprather

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Re: MARUFO VEGA - we finally did it!
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2013, 08:17:49 PM »
We couldn't really complain about the rain because we were so happy for the desert.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline dprather

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Re: MARUFO VEGA - we finally did it!
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2013, 08:22:57 PM »
Sad note: the boy who died on the MV in August was never far from our minds.

We wondered where the desperation set in, where the delirium set in, and where he finally died. 

We thought about how he would have instantly traded us his 110+ temps and thirst for our drizzle and chill.

Our thoughts were our memorium for him.

We think this trail needs to stay open and just as it is, but we also think that there needs to be more dire warnings for the ill-informed and ill-prepared.  Maybe a special permit?? 

Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline dprather

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Re: MARUFO VEGA - we finally did it!
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2013, 09:44:46 PM »
By the way - we found a dead burro in the Dead Horse Mountains.  "Film" tomorrow.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline The Scorpion

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Re: MARUFO VEGA - we finally did it!
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2013, 10:14:54 PM »
congrats, one day maybe i will prepare enough to do this one.
everything is better with bacon!!!

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