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I’m 63 so I need to listen to y’alls wisdom! Unlike my last venture I’m in backpacking shape this time so I need to push the machismo down! Our goal is to spend 3 peaceful nights and 3 1/2 days in the high Chisos and above all have fun. We want to sleep on the NE and SW rims. Sounds like first night at a LM or LW site, followed by a NE site, followed by a SW site makes the most sense. We could come down Pinnacles I suppose. Not sure my knees would like that but my son would get to see it all so to speak.Sent from my iPhone using Big Bend Chat
I’m 63 so I need to listen to y’alls wisdom!
QuoteI’m 63 so I need to listen to y’alls wisdom!I would advise against exploring upper cattail. Badknees has posted a link to a great video of the little dam, but be aware that it may look like this! And Hmod wasn't kidding about fighting your way through in places, nor was he kidding about how hot and exposed it is. Thirty years ago, upper cattail was a fun little adventure for me, in large measure because I was still able to follow an old stock trail to the dam. But that was then, this is now. Today I am only one year younger than you. By 2015, the old stock trail was gone. I could find trail fragments maintained by the black bear and mountain lion. But that wasn't much help, since I am a lot taller than either and I prefer to walk upright. And trekking poles were essential -- without them, I might have done a face-plant into a cactus.Hope this helps,Imre
Seems like it might make more sense to camp at LW or LM, a SW site a NE site and then head down? Sent from my iPhone using Big Bend Chat
Point taken! Too old to hump 3 days worth of water!Sent from my iPhone using Big Bend Chat
That black sand and exposure had me stumbling to my car on my last trip.
I concur about not coming down Laguna Meadows for any reason unless you can make it back to the Basin by 10a. That black sand and exposure had me stumbling to my car on my last trip.Where is Townsend Peak, btw?
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