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New hiker - Backcountry camp sites

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Offline Geezer

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Re: New hiker - Backcountry camp sites
« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2016, 09:38:06 PM »
"Going to be driving into Alpine from Dallas area (about 8 hours).   I may stay at hotel in Alpine, but am thinking about just making it all the way to the Chisos Lodge and setting up tent...."

Unless you have a particular reason for going through Alpine, I believe (don't have a map handy) it would be more direct to go through Fort Stockton and Marathon. And therefore probably faster.

Geezer

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Offline Jalco

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Re: New hiker - Backcountry camp sites
« Reply #16 on: January 24, 2016, 11:32:33 AM »
Unless you have a particular reason for going through Alpine, I believe (don't have a map handy) it would be more direct to go through Fort Stockton and Marathon. And therefore probably faster.

Ditto.  I20 from Dallas to Odessa.  From Odessa, follow the signs for US385 through Ft. Stockton, Marathon, and on into Panther Junction.

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Offline Hoodoo

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Re: New hiker - Backcountry camp sites
« Reply #17 on: January 24, 2016, 02:50:32 PM »
I exit I-20 just west of Odessa and take FM1053 to Fort Stockton.

I have also taken Highway 18 at Monahans and then FM 1776 to Highway 67 just west of Fort Stockton, if my destination is BBRSP, which it usually is more often than not.

Don
Don
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Re: New hiker - Backcountry camp sites
« Reply #18 on: February 23, 2016, 10:25:00 AM »
Is there a link that shows the daily precipitation of the Chisos?  I'm hiking next weekend and want to determine if I actually need to carry in 25 lbs of water....Thanks!!

Also, where's the best place to cache water if hiking the OML for two days?

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Re: New hiker - Backcountry camp sites
« Reply #19 on: February 23, 2016, 11:19:26 AM »
Here is the Daily Report page with links to the various weather stations.  The Basin had nearly 1/2 inch a few days ago so probably some water running off into the pools in Boot Canyon but Boot spring probably not running.

As to caching water, Homer Wilson box and Juniper canyon box.  You did read the OML FAQ I hope.

Have a good and safe trip, make sure to report back what you find.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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