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sleepy pecos late
« on: September 22, 2009, 11:26:27 PM »
I had a 5hour energy drink in Llano but we barely made it to San Angelo.  It had been a long day.  Add tying up loose ends to that.  Shooting for 2:30 always ends up at 5:30.  We put ice in the cooler at 6:00.  We debated whether it was worth it.  The first couple hundred miles held endless possibilities, so we went.


We floated west across the Great Plains.  Surprise giant sunflower field east of Lamesa.  Last time we were here, it was a fireball conjuring super cell. Big and flat before and after that.  We caught the end of the farmers' market in Roswell, down at the county courthouse.  Ate a spicy veggie burrito and was very happy about it.  Further we got, more the clouds.  Honest-to-God rain clouds.  Hadn't seen that for some time.  Officially the second hottest driest summer in Austin.  Away from that now.  Making good time and in Pecos around 3 p.m. local.  Stocked up on jerky and headed north.  Up the Pecos River and past turnouts loaded with trucks and RV's.  Late summer anglers  Every inch seemed occupied.  Ahead of us was Landrover following an F-350 with trailer. 

We knew it was dicey figuring on getting to a campground on a Saturday afternoon the weekend before Labor Day.  We rolled into Pancheula CG around 4:30 and found a pretty crowded situation.  It was our trailhead and a walk-in campground.  We strolled the loop and found the last site occupied by several teenage boys playing futbol.  We asked if the site was theirs; half said yes and half said no.  We stared stupidly until an adult came down a social trail from the ridge above.  They dispersed and we began setting up camp.

I do not believe the site on the ridge above accessed by the social trail skirting our shelter was an "official" campsite.  I can't say for sure, as none of the sites were numbered.  Still, the lack off switchbacks and development made me suspicious.  Hell, I didn't really care, since I was leaving early.  That is, until the parade of teenagers through our campsite made me a bit territorial.  And the fact that on the ridge above accessd by the social trail skirting our shelter, an obsessive ax man began his heroic 5 hour chopfest; thus ensuring both an all night supply of fire wood and minimal contact with the rest of his family.  Bonus score: the ire of 40 fellow campers.

We awoke early to a mother/daughter stroll through our morning light from the family on the ridge above accessed by the social trail skirting our shelter.  I'm neither proud nor ashamed.  I am what I am.  And they know it now.  We double checked and loaded our packs, crossed the creek to the early morning rhythm CHOP CHOP CHOP of sweet, honest labor, and whistled our way to Horsethief Meadows.

my disks are full.  it is late.  i will post photos in the morning.
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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2009, 11:45:19 PM »
Sleepy, you are a better man than I. Please let there be a happy ending!

Al

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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2009, 10:57:00 AM »
Morning sunflowers near Lamesa.  "aren't you going to stop and take some pictures?"

We had made a vow to not let our previous night's experience taint our day.  In fact, it had been a study in patience and we felt we passed.  Our first creek crossing came about 2 miles in.  PPP chose to don her crocs and wade, I went the log jam route.  We now followed Cave Creek for several miles.  We lunched near a cave, but didn't explore.  It was across the creek and I didn't want to risk stomping its habitat.  First couple of days is mostly climbing from 8300 ft to 11,000 ft.  Our initial camp was at Horsethief Meadows, 10,000 ft.  We experienced no altitude issues.  We set up our tent just in time for the afternoon rainstorm/nap.  This was the ritual for most of our days.  Hike, lunch at a sweet spot, hike, set up camp, rain/nap, dinner, deep sleep.  The meadows were summer spent, but still beautiful.  A small stream ran near our camp and I played hide and seek with a trout after breakfast.
horsethief meadows

Second day was like the first in that we were mostly in forest cover.  Much huffing uphill.  Our goal was the lake at Pecos Baldy 11,00 ft, with a possible ascent of PB.  By the time we made it to the summit junction, we were toast and afternoon clouds were gathering.  Looking down at the basin we heard a couple of WHOOPS.  Upon closer inspection we spied a couple getting natural and jumping into the frigid water.  We headed down to find a campsite.  Just as the rain began sprinkling a friendly black lab came to check us out.  He was followed by the now thankfully clothed couple looking for their own site.  We talked a bit and realized we were on the same path for the next day.  It was his first backpacking experience.  She was a former forest ranger.  He marveled at my 35# pack.  His was 65#.  I told him he'd learn quickly enough.  Rain soon came followed by afternoon slumber.  Awoke to fresh air and distant clouds.

Pecos Baldy morning light


The following days are strolls at 12,000 feet across Trailriders Wall and the Santa Barbara Divide.



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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2009, 12:07:58 PM »
Will someone please clue me in... The terrain before the sunflowers is definitely not Lamesa-ish... Is this a 100% backpack trip? Where did it begin? Where does it end? Cool stories  :icon_biggrin:

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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2009, 01:07:00 PM »
sunflowers were 5 miles east of Lamesa, Texas, verily.

Sorry I jumped in running.  We are in the Pecos Wilderness, New Mexico on a 5 day backpacking trip loop.  Starting at Panchuela Trailhead to Horsethief Meadows, up to Pecos Baldy Lake, following Trailriders Wall to Truchas Lakes, across the Santa Barbara Divide to the headwaters of the Pecos River, down the Pecos valley to Pecos Falls, over Round Mountain and back down to Panchuela. 
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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2009, 01:18:10 PM »
Great pics. The Pecos is a neat place. We're going to try and make it back out there again the first weekend in October to catch the aspen changing.

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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2009, 01:23:29 PM »
sunflowers were 5 miles east of Lamesa, Texas, verily.

Sorry I jumped in running.  We are in the Pecos Wilderness, New Mexico on a 5 day backpacking trip loop.  Starting at Panchuela Trailhead to Horsethief Meadows, up to Pecos Baldy Lake, following Trailriders Wall to Truchas Lakes, across the Santa Barbara Divide to the headwaters of the Pecos River, down the Pecos valley to Pecos Falls, over Round Mountain and back down to Panchuela. 

Awesome... Sounds like a great trip!

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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2009, 02:21:25 PM »
Great pics. The Pecos is a neat place. We're going to try and make it back out there again the first weekend in October to catch the aspen changing.
We were there between flora displays.  Too late for wildflowers, too early for aspen gold.  We did see lots of aster and the aspen groves at times were jammed with ferns.  

Day three and we are out of Baldy's lake basin and up onto Trailriders Wall.  It is a spectacular 2 1/2 mile 12,000 ft stroll along the edge of a 1500 escarpment with tres Truchas in our view.  To the east are the Pecos and Mora River valleys.  Above tree line, it is no place to be in a storm.  We watched 4 insignificant clouds cobble together a serious thunderhead in about 30 minutes.  We heard coyotes yipping it up below in ponderosa pine.  We kept turning around to watch Baldy fade.  We ate jerky swinging our feet above the abyss.  As we approached Truchas #1, the scree overcame the trail at a couple of points and pika cheered us on.  Like clockwork, as we trundled into a campsite lakeside, a crack of thunder, fat drops of water and well deserved nap.
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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2009, 09:31:55 AM »
The beginning of Trailriders Wall looking north to Truchas, Middle Truchas and North Truchas.  We are heading to a lake between the latter two.

PPP near the pica scree

Middle Truchas from the trail

view from our nap site


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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2009, 09:48:55 AM »
Wish you had some coordenadas to follow along,Sleepy. Your doing great so far.

 Pardon my ever present phase of english vocabulary learning,but what is triple P ?.... :eusa_think:
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2009, 10:03:18 AM »
Wish you had some coordenadas to follow along,Sleepy. Your doing great so far.

 Pardon my ever present phase of english vocabulary learning,but what is triple P ?.... :eusa_think:

My guess would be that PPP is his hiking partner's initials?

I wouldn't apologize for your English. Your English is way better than my Spanish or any other language for that matter. The dumbest thing that Texas ever did was take Spanish out of the grade school classroom... my last Spanish class was 3rd grade and that was a loooooong time ago... but I remember every bit of Spanish that I learned in grade school. Too bad it's not enough to carry on a decent conversation. Sorry for the rant...

My God... what an awesome trip! When my kid gets back from Iraq early next year he and I are going to tackle the OML. This is inspiring!

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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2009, 10:42:11 AM »
PPP=Pretty Pretty Princess, my hiking partner.

Cripes!  I had just finished typing the remainder of my report and i got crashed.  That was a load of work!  all gone. :eusa_doh: :eusa_doh: :eusa_doh: :eusa_doh:

i'm going to have to break and finish up later.  damn.
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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2009, 10:45:44 AM »
PPP=Pretty Pretty Princess, my hiking partner.

Cripes!  I had just finished typing the remainder of my report and i got crashed.  That was a load of work!  all gone. :eusa_doh: :eusa_doh: :eusa_doh: :eusa_doh:

i'm going to have to break and finish up later.  damn.


OY!!! Long reports = Word-copy & paste!  :icon_cry:
 
Most enjoyable so far.... :icon_wink:

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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2009, 10:46:13 AM »
How the heck are you connecting in the middle of heaven?


PPP- Awesome...

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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #14 on: September 24, 2009, 10:47:31 AM »
chisos_muse

your signature =  :eusa_eh: :rolling:

 


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