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Big Bend Photographs / Re: Test: is this photo too big?
« Last post by Casa Grande on November 19, 2019, 09:39:09 PM »
How does one go about posting pics on here?  Easiest way?
Go here:  www.bbch.at

As long as you make it under 1MB, no problems.   

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Hiking the Desert / Re: Smoky Creek
« Last post by DesertRatShorty on November 19, 2019, 09:23:08 PM »
Although I have not hiked Smoky Creek for that entire segment, many who have say that the trail is difficult to follow near Sugarloaf Mtn. Allow time for route finding.

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National Park News / Re: Services return to Castolon
« Last post by Flash on November 19, 2019, 09:08:48 PM »
What's up with "acting Superintendent Elkowitz"?  A typo or is Krumenaker gone already?
Might just mean the big boss was off site at the time. Saw the same done with the last superintendent.
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National Park News / Re: Services return to Castolon
« Last post by mule ears on November 19, 2019, 08:05:02 PM »
I just sent an email to the park trying to find out what they finally decided about the fee increases.  We will see if they actually reply.
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National Park News / Re: Services return to Castolon
« Last post by Al on November 19, 2019, 07:49:26 PM »
Looks like they have brought in/built a temporary store and bathrooms.

What's up with "acting Superintendent Elkowitz"?  A typo or is Krumenaker gone already?

Maybe there is hope that the proposed expanded reservation system won't be implemented . . .
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National Park News / Services return to Castolon
« Last post by mule ears on November 19, 2019, 07:42:32 PM »
Looks like they have brought in/built a temporary store and bathrooms.

What's up with "acting Superintendent Elkowitz"?  A typo or is Krumenaker gone already?
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Outer Mountain Loop / Re: Modified OML Oct 27 - Nov 30
« Last post by Jalco on November 19, 2019, 05:17:13 PM »
Amazing how lush every is (was)
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General Questions and Answers / Re: Hiking tips for beginners?
« Last post by Imre on November 19, 2019, 04:38:51 PM »
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The good news about attempting the Rim from the Basin is that there are opportunities to turn back that are still lovely hikes.
Agreed. Please don't be shy about turning around if someone has reached their limit.  What may be the six most dangerous words in the English language: "It's only a little bit farther."
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I would describe all of the trails in the Chisos as well manicured, if you manage to encounter a thorny plant it would be because you wandered off the trail.
Agreed. Except that as far as trails go, I would use the word boulevard.
Please resist the temptation to do both the rim and the peak. In my opinion, the peak is highly overrated and the rim is awesome. Don't forget to bring a couple of flashlights with fresh batteries. Just in case.  And buy a trail map! It's only US $ 1.50 with tax at the visitor center. One final comment: the park service advises one gallon of water per person per day. They aren't kidding. Better to return with a canteen half full than to return on a stretcher.
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GUMO General Discussion / Re: Seeking input on hiking options for day trip
« Last post by Gustafson on November 19, 2019, 03:58:54 PM »
Thank you for the pointers on accomodations around Ruidoso and Cloudcroft. Will look into it further.
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Your Trip Reports / Re: RichardMís Final Trip Report
« Last post by Reece on November 19, 2019, 03:20:26 PM »
Well done Brian and Gordon. Very thoughtful and heart felt in your composition. Iím thinking about a little pilgrimage up that way.


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