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Looking for hiking partner for Emory Peak

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Offline Archbob

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Looking for hiking partner for Emory Peak
« on: January 15, 2014, 12:28:39 AM »
Going to visit Big bend soon, on the 19th-21st(three days) and will attempt Emory peak. I've climbed other peaks in the appalachians and adirondacks(the high peaks) like Cascade and Mount Giant so I'm a decent hiker up mountain trails. I'm a bit worried about the mountain lions though so I was wondering if there is anyone else going to hike emory during these days that I could tag along with?

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Offline rking

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Re: Looking for hiking partner for Emory Peak
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2014, 06:43:08 AM »
Mountain lions aren't really a problem.  Just be aware of a few basic precautions in the rare chance you do see one.  Don't run, try to make yourself look bigger, etc.  You're more likely to see a rattlesnake than a mountain lion.  Just watch where you put your hands and feet.

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Offline Jimbow

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Re: Looking for hiking partner for Emory Peak
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2014, 07:18:07 AM »
Buy a lotto ticket if you see a mountain lion, it's your lucky day. Enjoy the hike and view.
Everything is in walking distance if you have enough time.

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Looking for hiking partner for Emory Peak
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2014, 08:53:07 AM »
Mountain lions really are not a concern.  You should have plenty of company on the trail any of those days.

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Offline Archbob

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Re: Looking for hiking partner for Emory Peak
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2014, 02:01:55 PM »
For those of you who have done both, how does Emory hike compare to adirondacks high peaks like Algonquin peak)

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Looking for hiking partner for Emory Peak
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2014, 02:44:29 PM »
I dunno Alginquin, but Emory is a hike until the last 30 feet or so.  It's pretty easy as a dayhike.  Here's a vid of the last little climb, which makes it seem  lot harder than it is:


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Offline RichardM

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Re: Looking for hiking partner for Emory Peak
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2014, 03:11:22 PM »
I dunno Alginquin, but Emory is a hike until the last 30 feet or so.  It's pretty easy as a dayhike.  Here's a vid of the last little climb, which makes it seem  lot harder than it is:


Here's some more scrambling footage:

I'm glad I didn't try to video our summit efforts last month, as the audio would've been full of my grunts and groans. :icon_rolleyes:

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Offline AggieOO

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Re: Looking for hiking partner for Emory Peak
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2014, 09:23:38 PM »
I've only come across a mountain lion once (in GUMO, not BB), and that guy/girl wanted nothing to do with us.  It bolted the second I spotted it.

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Offline Geezer

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Re: Looking for hiking partner for Emory Peak
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2014, 09:47:09 PM »
I went up Emory Peak with my neighbor in may 2013. It was his third time. He was 78 and wants to do it again this year, at 79. It's a walk-up, except for the last 30 feet or so, which are a scramble.

That said, my neighbor is an exceptional specimen. Proverbial little wiry guy. Will run you into the ground.

One thing: at the top of the trail, before the scramble, you'll see that there are actually two peaks. The taller is the right hand one.

It's a lot of fun, and you can see more of the park than from the rim.

Geezer

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Offline Sunsetpar

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Re: Looking for hiking partner for Emory Peak
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2014, 10:34:11 AM »
A friend and I hiked up Emory Peak on Tuesday, Jan. 14, via Pinnacles (up) and Laguna Meadows (down).  We saw only one other person the whole day, a single who was going up the Emory Peak trail as we were going down....had a great day with perfect weather for hiking
"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous- leading to the most amazing view."  Edward Abbey

 


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