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Great trip report, and definitely some good lessons to learn. Sounds like providing each guy with a 'suggested packing list' might have cut down on the extra crap (like a laptop), and more importantly, bring WATER I would have done a 'gear check' at the truck by the trailhead to make sure everyone had the essentials and no crap. Speaking of crap, not sure why some won't do that in the woods... you gotta go... you go! With their limited experience, they would need a bit more help to make sure they had the right stuff. And since you were crossing streams, why no water shoes or sandals? Probably would have kept you from falling down while in the water. The extra pound for a pair of wet water shoes would have been worth it to me.That's one of the reasons I do most of my backpacking trips solo.... I don't have the patience for what you put up with. My wife really was a trooper on our recent backpacking trip to BB, but then I did have to modify the trip with several days at the Basin Lodge to appease her. If I had been solo, I would have done 4 nights in the Chisos, making hikes back to the basin for water as needed.
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