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Chisos for Christmas...

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Offline SA Bill

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Re: Chisos for Christmas...
« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2017, 07:21:50 AM »
Good stuff!  :great:
Thx for sharing!!
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Offline Jalco

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Re: Chisos for Christmas...
« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2017, 08:08:32 AM »
Great pics! Loved that one of the Sierra del Carmens.  Thanks!

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Offline RichardM

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Re: Chisos for Christmas...
« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2017, 03:55:40 PM »
You've got some great shots there. A few will be nominated for the 2018 calendar. ;)

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Offline Jimbow

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Re: Chisos for Christmas...
« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2017, 06:49:26 PM »
What day did you arrive to get your permits? By the 27th it seemed like everything was full in the Chisos.
Everything is in walking distance if you have enough time.

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Re: Chisos for Christmas...
« Reply #19 on: January 05, 2017, 04:58:26 AM »
What day did you arrive to get your permits? By the 27th it seemed like everything was full in the Chisos.

My permit started on the 22nd.  Basin had three or four sites open before lunch on the 26th.  Actually when I drove in on the 22nd the entry gate had 11 open sites in the Basin and that was around 10:30am.  Were you checking the Online status?  The online ones were full before I left, but they have a certain number of first come first serve sites.

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Offline Jimbow

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Re: Chisos for Christmas...
« Reply #20 on: January 05, 2017, 05:03:22 AM »
I arrived late afternoon on the 26th. There were a few backpackers in the RGV campground because they couldn't secure the backcountry spots they wanted.

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Everything is in walking distance if you have enough time.

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Offline dprather

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Re: Chisos for Christmas...
« Reply #21 on: January 05, 2017, 09:36:07 AM »
Good stuff - thanks
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline RedBuffalo

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Re: Chisos for Christmas...
« Reply #22 on: January 06, 2017, 05:09:03 AM »
Thanks for the comments!  Those sunrises and sunsets made the photography easy and it was nice to be at a location for both sunset and sunrise (Grapevine, South Rim).

@Jimbow - it dawned on me that you could string together consecutive backcountry reservations with Primitive Camping (i.e.; Grapevine, Ernst Tinaja) and then add in Backpacking Camping (more than 24 hrs out), which gives an advantage over folks just wanting to backpack and trying for a 24 in advance permit.  This may be common knowledge, but I've been going a long time and usually stay @ BB Motor Inn prior to my backpacking trips, but he way to go is Primitive if you're looking for a specific permit, plus you can work that around any weather. 

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Re: Chisos for Christmas...
« Reply #23 on: January 06, 2017, 09:55:27 PM »
I don't like tents. When I was in the DV backcountry for a week a few February's ago I had a pad and a good 0° bag. We usually had a fire (that was out by morning). I didn't need anything else. However, I don't think it's 100% good idea. I almost had rain up on the South Rim a few years ago and I didn't have a tent or tarp. It was sub-freezing the next morning. If it had rained I would have probably caught a permanent cold...


Good lord... that's quite a bounty of amazing images!

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Offline venchka

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Re: Chisos for Christmas...
« Reply #24 on: January 08, 2017, 07:18:29 PM »
With sub 2 pound and sub 1 pound shelters readily available a real tent would seem like a no brainer. It could live in your pack and no one would know. Until the wind or the rain or both kicked up.
Wayne


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Offline Txlj

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Re: Chisos for Christmas...
« Reply #25 on: January 09, 2017, 04:37:55 AM »
Wonderful pictures! Looks like a grand time was had.

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Re: Chisos for Christmas...
« Reply #26 on: January 10, 2017, 08:30:21 PM »
Thanks everyone.  Definitely want to bag the Outer Rim Trail next time.  I say three different groups going up to start it as I was coming down.

 


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