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2 Life Long Texans, 2 First Timers @ BiBe

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Offline RCRanger03

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2 Life Long Texans, 2 First Timers @ BiBe
« on: March 01, 2010, 12:13:09 PM »
Me and my dad have finally matched up schedules (Spring Break) to be able to go on an extended trip together so we though we'd make it count and finally go to Big Bend. I've come up with a sort of prelminary trip idea, and I was hoping that yall lovely people would look it over/poke holes in it as necessary. Any and All responses are greatly appreciated Thanks Alot :)

Drive to Big bend Friday/Saturday Morning swing in and maybe hopefully get a permit (I'm unclear as to how hard this will be?)

Sunday - Set up Base camp hopefully at Juniper Flats b/c its closest to the trail head and i'll be hauling A TON of water/Daytrip maybe

Monday - I Leave for South Rim Mon Morning, He does Daytrip from Basecamp

(My dads knees aren't quite in great shape, so I'm taking the Southrim trek solo. On that note what direction do yall recommend for the South Rim? Pinnacles or Laguna Meadow?)

Tuesday - He Does Daytrip from basecamp, I return from Sound Rim Tues Evening

Wednesday - Early morn Drive to Barton Warnock for Santa Elena Permit (Rio Grande Wild and Scenic NPS says these permits are ONLY available there... Is that information correct?Or can it just be on my original backcountry permit, b/c that would save me $20 and a drive), Drive back and Rest day/Sleep at Chisos Base camp

Thursday - Pack up basecamp, Drive to Lajitas/Paddle to Santa Elena Canyon edge (13m) Spend night/Camp alongside river

Friday - Paddle through the rest of Santa Elena canyon at a leisurely pace (7m), Take shuttle back to Truck/Have them drive truck to Santa Elena Take out, Drive out Ross Maxwell

Saturday - Drive home
Sunday - Sleep all day
Monday - Go back to our boring lives

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Re: 2 Life Long Texans, 2 First Timers @ BiBe
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2010, 12:26:57 PM »
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Wednesday - Early morn Drive to Barton Warnock for Santa Elena Permit (Rio Grande Wild and Scenic NPS says these permits are ONLY available there... Is that information correct?Or can it just be on my original backcountry permit, b/c that would save me $20 and a drive), Drive back and Rest day/Sleep at Chisos Base camp

The last time I went  to get a permit there, It's a self-service box out front.  They didn't have any permits.  I had to go to the park and get the back county permit.  I would get my permits at Panther Junction.  
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Re: 2 Life Long Texans, 2 First Timers @ BiBe
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2010, 04:00:37 PM »
It might be worth the long distance charges to call the park and ask for clarification on permits (432-477-2251). They also have an email contact.

Also, I'm not sure how the permit would work with you and your Dad splitting up and occupying two campsites. You may have to just do the South Rim as a day hike from your basecamp.

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Re: 2 Life Long Texans, 2 First Timers @ BiBe
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2010, 04:07:42 PM »
It might be worth the long distance charges to call the park and ask for clarification on permits (432-477-2251). They also have an email contact.

Also, I'm not sure how the permit would work with you and your Dad splitting up and occupying two campsites. You may have to just do the South Rim as a day hike from your basecamp.

I just sent finished sending an email their way, and I was thinking that me and my dad would have separate backcountry permits, and just have them coincide on certain days, since he's going to be staying every night at the same site

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Re: 2 Life Long Texans, 2 First Timers @ BiBe
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2010, 05:21:06 PM »
If it's during spring break (mar 6-20), then there's a really good chance there will be no available overnight sites in the Chisos and no sites in the established campgrounds. There is always zone camping (except in the Chisos and Burro Mesa). Be flexible and have lots of options.
Jeff Blaylock
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