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Winter Camping in BBNP and BBSP

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Offline presidio

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Re: Winter Camping in BBNP and BBSP
« Reply #15 on: November 06, 2013, 10:57:42 AM »
I think Picacho looked at this before, but I believe several of the mountains in BB put the lie to this plaque.

At any rate, Crown is the easternmost 7er in the continental US.

Texas doesn't count. Ask most folks unfamiliar with west TX how many mountains TX has and many will say "none" (even though AZ's Monument Valley often served as a TX locale in the movies).

Alternatively, there are some that include Big Bend as an outlier of the Rockies, or an outlier of the Sierra Madre. Take a look at a landform map. The Chisos are nowhere near as disconnected from adjacent mountain chains as the Black Hills are.
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Offline Picacho

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Re: Winter Camping in BBNP and BBSP
« Reply #16 on: November 06, 2013, 06:08:24 PM »
Snapped one at 14x zoom.  He was moving away fast, only got a very grainy bear arse. 

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SHANEA

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Re: Winter Camping in BBNP and BBSP
« Reply #17 on: November 07, 2013, 03:36:32 PM »
As long as there is not a burn ban in place, ground fires in the fire rings are acceptable at BBRSP and BGWMA.  Done that many times.  Not an issue.  Carry your own wood and be careful.   You can go to http://tfsfrp.tamu.edu/wildfires/DecBan.png and see the burn ban maps.  Right now, today, neither Presidio or Brewster counties are under a burn ban.   

In the national park and during burn bans, I like to "fake it" and use  something like this. 
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-58031-Little-Campfire-Propane/dp/B000O51VJ0

I have something like this, actually better, don't recall the name of it.  But, its the same type of thing.  Just do a http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=propane+campfire

I've used it at BIBE before.  Even had a ranger come up to me in "horror" that I had a small fire going.  Until he realized that it was nothing but propane and fake logs.  Then, he decided it was a great idea and stood around it to get warm.  Doesn't put out a lot of heat mind you, but enough to take the chill off if you are standing or sitting very near it...   The one I have even claims to be approved by the NPS for use in all parks. 

If you have a campfire, be  sure to carry a good shovel, a very sharp shovel, and dig a cat hole for the ashes and put them in there after dousing them with lots of agua.    Mind you, camp fire, not bon fire... 
« Last Edit: November 07, 2013, 03:51:13 PM by SHANEA »

 


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