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Water and Spring Reports / Re: Quemada Surface Water (!) and Springs
« Last post by lech on November 14, 2018, 07:12:00 PM »
Brad
probably not my boots unless between claro up to cooper and then up drainage until connect with Dodson. I saw no boots in this stretch and only a bear print. I had a more aggressive 6 day trip planned (Alder, water works, Fresno, double, up drainage north of double and drop into claro, and then out) but cut it short as was not feeling well 3rd day, I came in from Homer, where trail leaves drainage to go up, I followed drainage around to SE until going up a pass and into Corral spring drainage. Up that drainage to Dodson.  At Claro drainage I headed up drainage and camped and also checked out a spring that was not listed. I am calling it Claro 0.5. Next day followed drainage past Claro 1 to juncture with Cooper sprg drainage. Up that drainage and out by Dodson.  Sounds like you have been checking out all the back country springs also.
ric
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The Big Bend chapter of NPSOT was part of the financing of this book AND we began and continue to financially support the Mike Powell Scholarship for biology students at SR. Dr. Powell is a huge inspiration to all of us who love native plants.

Thank you, Jim, et al.   :notworthy:
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Big Bend Book Reviews / Re: Michael Powell's new book on the the flora of BBNP
« Last post by jim2 on November 14, 2018, 05:26:29 PM »
When and where they will signing the new book
Hi all -

Mike Powell, botanist extraordinaire, long time SR professor, head of the SR herbarium and prolific author of many, many books about the native plants of the Trans-Pecos - has a new book out: Flowering Plants of Trans-Pecos Texas and adjacent areas. The text is by Dr. Powell and Richard Worthington, and the photographs by Mike's wife and botanical partner, Shirley Powell. This is a tome! You need to see it and probably buy it!

Mike and Shirley Powell will be at Front Street Books in Alpine at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 (he'll also be at CDRI the evening before). The Big Bend chapter of NPSOT was part of the financing of this book AND we began and continue to financially support the Mike Powell Scholarship for biology students at SR. Dr. Powell is a huge inspiration to all of us who love native plants.

Please plan to be there, not only to meet the Powells but to join in the book signing - you can bring your personal copies of others of his books (or buy them at FSB that evening) for his autograph.

Look forward to seeing you at this event. There will be light refreshments, and you'll see everyone you know! Please join us!
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And BRIT is as good as it gets when it comes to Texas flora research. Just ordered this book, looking forward to getting it. Thanks for the heads-up, Jim!
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Big Bend Book Reviews / Michael Powell's new book on the the flora of BBNP
« Last post by jim2 on November 14, 2018, 03:55:55 PM »
https://shop.brit.org/products/trans-pecos

I have not read this book, it's brand new.
Micheal Powell and Shirley Powell are well known authorities on the Flora of West Texas, and very nice people.
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Zone Camping / Re: Wilderness Camping Zones Map
« Last post by photopam on November 14, 2018, 02:35:41 PM »
The boundaries are somewhat vague in some places, so just use your best judgment.

Which is exactly what the funny hatter will do as s/he harangues you for violating that vague boundary, just before scratching you a ticket. :s_laugh:

Just keep in mind your best judgment never will equal or exceed their best judgment. :sign0096:

I will keep this in mind.   :afro:
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Water and Spring Reports / Re: Quemada Surface Water (!) and Springs
« Last post by BradATX on November 14, 2018, 12:49:17 PM »
That was my brother and me you bumped into near Jack's Pass.  We did Mules Ears to Dominguez through Jack's Pass and then up Fisk to to Smokey Creek Trail and back.  Water everywhere.  Most I've seen in 40 years of BBNP trekking.

If someone doesn't like carrying the water weight (like me) now is the time to go.

Hey thwart, it was great meeting you guys too.  I'm curious about how things were between Fisk and Smoky Creek.  I've always liked that area.

I'll go ahead and spill the beans that you and your brother have lots of knowledge about springs in BBRSP, which I'm dying to hear about.   :)
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Water and Spring Reports / Re: Quemada Surface Water (!) and Springs
« Last post by BradATX on November 14, 2018, 12:41:30 PM »
Hey Brad, this is lech (Ric). I was leaving as you were headed in. The water was amazing back in the Quemada's.  After years I have finally joined the forum, Newbie to forum but not BiBe, In 70/80s rafted mainly. On occasion after doing all the established trails started my adventures into the Quemadas. Then 22 year sabbatical to raise kids and then started heading back into the Quemadas in 2013. For recent report on the Corral spring drainage and water go to youtube and just search "rtcentral12".
Can't wait to see Brad's report and photos.

Hi Ric, it was great meeting you at the trailhead.  The volunteer ranger checking parked cars said you were quite the experienced Big Bend hiker.  Sounds like he was right!

Any chance you could describe your route?  We saw a single set of fresh boot prints while in various wet off-trail locations and wondered if they were yours.
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Boating on the Rio Grande / Re: New river guide to the Lower Canyons
« Last post by Talusman on November 14, 2018, 08:21:11 AM »
Thanks for sharing that information!
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Zone Camping / Re: Wilderness Camping Zones Map
« Last post by presidio on November 13, 2018, 04:36:24 PM »
The boundaries are somewhat vague in some places, so just use your best judgment.

Which is exactly what the funny hatter will do as s/he harangues you for violating that vague boundary, just before scratching you a ticket. :s_laugh:

Just keep in mind your best judgment never will equal or exceed their best judgment. :sign0096:
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