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Big Bend National Park Q&A => Hiking the Mountains => Topic started by: aggie2010 on March 19, 2007, 09:41:01 PM

Title: Pumping water through The Window???
Post by: aggie2010 on March 19, 2007, 09:41:01 PM
Three friends and I visited BIBE over spring break and we had a great time. This was my friends' first visit (and probably not their last) and my third. I took them on all of the hikes with awesome views, so The Window was on our list. I knew that it had not rained in The Basin for a while (3 weeks?) so I was not expecting any water to be running out of The Window. But much to our surprise, there was a small stream pouring down the rocks and over the cliff!
Now I don't want to sound like a skeptic, but I couldn't help but think that the water might be pumped through The Window. The trail crosses a pipe line several times and the first several times it crosses the creek bed, it was dry. Then with about 1/4 mile left of the trail, water is all of a sudden running! Is there a spring that I am not aware of? Could NPS be doing this to impress hikers over spring break?
I would hope that this is not true and I really want someone to prove me wrong or provide me with an explanation please!!
Title: Re: Pumping water through The Window???
Post by: presidio on March 19, 2007, 10:57:14 PM
Quote from: "aggie2010"
I was not expecting any water to be running out of The Window. But much to our surprise, there was a small stream pouring down the rocks and over the cliff!
Now I don't want to sound like a skeptic, but I couldn't help but think that the water might be pumped through The Window. The trail crosses a pipe line several times and the first several times it crosses the creek bed, it was dry. Then with about 1/4 mile left of the trail, water is all of a sudden running! Is there a spring that I am not aware of? Could NPS be doing this to impress hikers over spring break?


The pipe is the basin domestic water supply pumped from Oak Spring. The window is the low point of the basin so all drainage goes there. There might be a spring but more likely you are seeing the end result of a large area being drained by gravity. The basin is no different than any other place...it has ground water.
Title: Re: Pumping water through The Window???
Post by: SHANEA on March 19, 2007, 11:01:34 PM
Quote from: "aggie2010"
Could NPS be doing this to impress hikers over spring break?


Conspiracy?  Man on the grassy knoll pumping water over the basin?
Title: Pumping water through The Window???
Post by: aggie2010 on March 19, 2007, 11:11:51 PM
While I understand that most of the water in The Basin drains out of The Window, I just didn't understand why all of the way down the trail, there was no water in the creek until the canyon narrows and then all of a sudden, "BAM", there is a running stream.

It was beautiful I must say!!
Title: Pumping water through The Window???
Post by: 01ACRViper on March 20, 2007, 12:04:56 AM
the water reaches impermeable rock at the point you start to see it again. before you see it, it's still there, but just under the gravel. if the water can seep lower through the table, it will. it won't show up on the surface until it can't go down anymore
Title: Pumping water through The Window???
Post by: aggie2010 on March 20, 2007, 12:34:55 AM
That's cool Viper, I never thought of that!
Thanks
Title: Pumping water through The Window???
Post by: Boojum1 on March 20, 2007, 02:56:09 PM
The Window is downstream of the wastewater treatment plant.   :shock:
Title: Pumping water through The Window???
Post by: Sanjuro82 on March 21, 2007, 11:08:49 AM
The last I heard is that there's this wily old ranger who's been pumping water up from the Rio Grande and channeling it to flow over to the window pour-off to impress visitors.  I heard it's being done all by man power as well.  I think he created some kind of pump from a stationary bike.  The location of this "pump house" is hidden....



   :D
Title: Re: Pumping water through The Window???
Post by: haldodd on October 08, 2007, 11:48:37 AM
At one point there is even a cut off valve in a black box, that is what gave it away for me.  I dont care either way.
Title: Re: Pumping water through The Window???
Post by: chisos_muse on October 08, 2007, 01:05:05 PM
The last I heard is that there's this wily old ranger who's been pumping water up from the Rio Grande and channeling it to flow over to the window pour-off to impress visitors.  I heard it's being done all by man power as well.  I think he created some kind of pump from a stationary bike.  The location of this "pump house" is hidden....



   :D


Wow I must have missed this post! LOL, where did you hear this? :rolleyes:

That's funny as hell....



Title: Re: Pumping water through The Window???
Post by: Sanjuro82 on October 08, 2007, 02:49:30 PM
I could tell you Muse, but I'd have to kill you.  The rangers swore me on penalty of death if I ever disclosed the location.   :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Pumping water through The Window???
Post by: Hiker79 on October 08, 2007, 03:41:29 PM
I found the pump place by locating the hovering UFO's and walking until directly under them.   :willynilly:
Title: Re: Pumping water through The Window???
Post by: chisos_muse on October 08, 2007, 07:33:57 PM
I could tell you Muse, but I'd have to kill you.  The rangers swore me on penalty of death if I ever disclosed the location.   :icon_mrgreen:

Yeah, that's what they told me too!  :eusa_eh: When I found out where the Lost Mine really is.... :eusa_shhh:
Title: Re: Pumping water through The Window???
Post by: aggiehiker on October 12, 2007, 02:41:13 PM
I was hiking cross country and kept seeing a biker way up ahead of me, but he didn't seem to be going anywhere. I thought the sun and solitude had gotten to me and I was halucinating. But when I finally topped the ridge and saw him just riding his butt off and hooked up to this pipeline,  I asked him what in tarnation he was doing. He explained that riding the bike pump this month was his pennance for not coming to Big Bend in the last 6 months. Sure am glad I make it out there every couple of months!! I'm not about to ride a bicycle!! Let that be a lesson to each of you-get your butts out to Big Bend more often or you'll be riding the bike pump!
Title: Re: Pumping water through The Window???
Post by: STARLITDARKNESS3 on October 12, 2007, 03:46:19 PM
The last I heard is that there's this wily old ranger who's been pumping water up from the Rio Grande and channeling it to flow over to the window pour-off to impress visitors.  I heard it's being done all by man power as well.  I think he created some kind of pump from a stationary bike.  The location of this "pump house" is hidden....



   :D


Holy smokes,,,, Do you think that maybe he can tap into the Hot Spring. It would help regulate the water temp up there.... 
Title: Re: Pumping water through The Window???
Post by: Undertaker on October 12, 2007, 04:57:00 PM
Wonder where the wily old single malt scotch ranger can be located.
Title: Re: Pumping water through The Window???
Post by: aggie2010 on November 05, 2007, 02:15:47 AM
im glad i could provide such great entertainment for you all
Title: Re: Pumping water through The Window???
Post by: STARLITDARKNESS3 on November 05, 2007, 06:30:42 PM
im glad i could provide such great entertainment for you all

Hey, thought maybe you forgot us.   Good to see you are back.
Title: Re: Pumping water through The Window???
Post by: xseption on December 05, 2007, 03:12:08 PM
im glad i could provide such great entertainment for you all

Hey, thought maybe you forgot us.   Good to see you are back.

Glad you are back! The ranger on the bike was asking for you ...