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Toll Mountain

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Offline randell

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« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2007, 08:38:43 AM »
Well, that settles it.  When I'm 90 years old, I'm camping out at TM1 until I get blown to bits.  That way I'll die fast, die in my favorite place, and save my family funeral costs.
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« Reply #16 on: July 11, 2007, 09:25:09 AM »
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I climbed Emory last Saturday and on the way back down the Pinnacles trail switchbacks a thunderstorm rained down on my girlfriend and I.  Lightning struck in the TM1 area and it scared the hell out of us.  I can see how someone could be "blown apart."


how are you liking your SO's new location? sounds like a good deal to me, though my GF wouldn't want to live there :lol:


She hit the jackpot.  It is an awesome deal, but kind of weird to be in the Park and be able to shower or use an oven whenever you want to.  Anytime you want to plan a backpacking trip to the south rim let me know and we can use her house as base camp.
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Offline sleepy

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« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2007, 08:32:18 AM »
ok you guys are freaking me out with this lightning talk.  i'm heading up tomorrow for a weekend s. rim hike, and i'm going to be looking over my shoulder for clouds and flashes.

back to the original topic: Jeff I thought you learned your lesson about climbing on Casa Grande.
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« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2007, 10:49:59 AM »
Quote from: "westtex"
I climbed Emory last Saturday and on the way back down the Pinnacles trail switchbacks a thunderstorm rained down on my girlfriend and I.  Lightning struck in the TM1 area and it scared the hell out of us.  I can see how someone could be "blown apart."


I believe you were the couple that passed us on the way up, and we ran into you again  when you were coming down from Emory peak, The storm convinced us to turn around, we were worried about you guys, we had rain gear and apparently you didn't. That was a hell of a storm. Good to see that you made it.

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Offline 01ACRViper

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« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2007, 11:50:50 AM »
raingear? RAINgear?! westtex don't need no stinking raingear! :lol:

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« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2007, 01:37:30 PM »
Well, it was wet and chilly for us in spite of our rain gear. His girlfriend was dressed pretty skimpy for the conditions.  But maybe they're used to it. It was nervewracking up there with all the lightning around us.

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Offline 01ACRViper

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« Reply #21 on: July 12, 2007, 04:34:57 PM »
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Well, it was wet and chilly for us in spite of our rain gear. His girlfriend was dressed pretty skimpy for the conditions.  But maybe they're used to it. It was nervewracking up there with all the lightning around us.


oh don't get me wrong, it's best to have rain gear. the last time i was hiking with him in the Bend, it was forcast to rain and the clouds everywhere proved it. he left without rain gear, and it rained. but, it didn't phase him much, at least to the eye :lol:

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« Reply #22 on: July 12, 2007, 05:07:57 PM »
Quote from: "01ACRViper"
Quote from: "duaneh1"
Well, it was wet and chilly for us in spite of our rain gear. His girlfriend was dressed pretty skimpy for the conditions.  But maybe they're used to it. It was nervewracking up there with all the lightning around us.

oh don't get me wrong, it's best to have rain gear. the last time i was hiking with him in the Bend, it was forcast to rain and the clouds everywhere proved it. he left without rain gear, and it rained. but, it didn't phase him much, at least to the eye :lol:

Maybe he was just trying to save money otherwise spent on showers at Study Butte.  Next time check to see if he breaks out the soap and shampoo as soon as it starts to rain.  :)

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Offline jeffblaylock

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« Reply #23 on: July 12, 2007, 07:35:32 PM »
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Jeff I thought you learned your lesson about climbing on Casa Grande.


Nah.  :lol:
Jeff Blaylock
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Offline westtex

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« Reply #24 on: July 12, 2007, 09:18:09 PM »
Quote from: "duaneh1"
Well, it was wet and chilly for us in spite of our rain gear. His girlfriend was dressed pretty skimpy for the conditions.  But maybe they're used to it. It was nervewracking up there with all the lightning around us.


Yes the rain was cold, but complaining wouldn't help so we got over it.  Also knowing that her house and a hot shower were ten miles away didn't hurt.  I forgot to get my raingear when I left Alpine, but I thought a rain shower would be good heat relief.  It was that and a little bit more.  

Glad to see you guys made it down all right, I was a bit worried about all the people on the way up to Emory when the lightning started.  The acoustics of the Chisos and the Basin made the thunder incredible.

Last time I went hiking with Viper was in January and I was dressed pretty skimpy for the conditions at the time.  Being rained on and surrounded by ocotillo was not fun, but it could have been worse so there is really no need to ever complain in Big Bend.
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Re: Toll Mountain
« Reply #25 on: January 02, 2008, 03:05:29 PM »
Thanks to Viper and TWWG for the summiting info for Toll Mountain

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Re: Toll Mountain
« Reply #26 on: January 02, 2008, 03:59:48 PM »
To answer my original question, here is the trip report of our summiting of Toll Mountain.
Jeff Blaylock
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Re: Toll Mountain
« Reply #27 on: January 02, 2008, 04:30:11 PM »
To answer my original question, here is the trip report of our summiting of Toll Mountain.

Whoa! Awesome report! Thanks for sharing!!

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Re: Toll Mountain
« Reply #28 on: January 03, 2008, 08:45:52 AM »
I was at BiBe in Feb. '03 when the guy was killed by lightning.
In fact I inquired about staying at TM1 and was told that it was "closed", so I chose Boot Springs instead.
On the way up the trail (in the dark because I didn't leave the Basin until late in the afternoon) I passed the body bag and investigation team coming down the mountain.
Kind of spooky hiking by yourself on a snowy, windy, moonlit night and passing a dead body that came from the campsite you wanted to stay in.

 


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