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extensive non-dessert hiking and backpacking experience
Quote from: margsnell on September 24, 2013, 02:24:43 PMextensive non-dessert hiking and backpacking experienceI usually don't pack desserts either -- too bulky & too much extra weight. I'm sorry -- the 11-yr old in me just couldn't resist...
Oct 8 night--self register in Basin campground; should have no problem getting a site; doesn't matter what time you get there
Oct 9--if you are strong hikers, the rim isn't really a good overnight; better as a dayhike. So, since you camped in the Basin, go do the Rim (2500 vert?), with possible side trip up Emory (another 1000 vert), if you feel strong. Take headlamps you might need them on the may down. Go up Laguna Meadows trail and down Pinnacles.
Should we plan on getting groceries in Marathon or a town closer to Austin?
Is there a time cut-off when it would be better for us to spend the night in Marathon, or similar? Is there camping near the park boundary?
Because our limited time, I think we will mostly concentrate on day hikes. Can you recommend any good remote roadside sites to stay at with good access for day hikes? What day hikes would you especially recommend?
Conversely, we might do the south rim as an overnight. Given the choice of 2-3 shorter day hikes or doing the South Rim as an overnight, which would you choose?
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