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Over-estimating your experience or under-estimating the terrain in a place like Big Bend can result in serious injury or death. Use the information and advice found here wisely. Climb/Hike/Camp/Drive at your own risk.

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« Reply #60 on: July 16, 2006, 12:15:05 PM »
TexasGirl-you will be fine as you are training and most people doing the S.Rim don't.  Stop about every hour and rest, if even for a couple of minutes.  You'll be amazed at how that helps.  Every couple of hours rest 10 or so minutes, enjoy the view.  and stretch before you start up again.  I live in Travis Heights in Austin and use the hills draining Blunn Creek to train.  McKinney Roughs out toward Bastrop has some nice hills and trails.  Yes, by all means go to Enchanted Rock sometime.  It is truly magical.  Avoid the weekends, if you can.  Have a great time.  We will be in BB in Aug.
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« Reply #61 on: July 16, 2006, 09:27:42 PM »
Hi, Sleepy.  Thank you much for the encouraging words!  (I'm going to have to go find Blunn Crk on a map now.)  I just got back from Mt Bonnell (car therm said 99 on way over & 95 on way back--can't wait to get to the Basin).  I went up & down the slope 2x, then walked over to the staircase, up that and back down the slope.  (So glad I didn't have on Lucite 2"+ heels like one woman there.)  Pack weighed in at 34# when I got home.  I'm so excited about this trip, and gaining confidence.  Seriously--my only other backpacking trip was 25+ yrs ago w/ a church youth group to Colo.  I was dying the first day, but sometime mid-day 2 I got my 2nd wind, took off in the lead after a break (easy to follow trail) and led the group the rest of the day.  I have never forgotten the rush of that experience, the confidence I gained.  It really was a life-altering experience.  I wasn't brought up in an athletic family--the most rustic vacation experience we ever had was at a cabin at Jenny Lake Lodge, Grand Tetons, one snowy early-June night with only a space heater.

I'm so grateful for everyone's support and encouragement here.
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« Reply #62 on: July 20, 2006, 10:02:06 AM »
Texasgirl: I too was worried about making it to the Rim, but a friend encouraged me to try and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  I'm in my mid-50s and not in the best of shape, but we took it slow and easy and had a great time.  I know you will too :!:

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« Reply #63 on: July 20, 2006, 10:13:24 AM »
Thanks, Dave!  I am getting soooo excited.  I pick up sweetie at the airport next Tuesday evening and we head out!
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Offline TexasGirl

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« Reply #64 on: July 21, 2006, 10:52:29 AM »
OK...looks like we'll be in the Park late Wednesday morning.  

Now to refine the plan.  Should we a) go on up to TM Wednesday night, Thursday at the rim, back down Friday, mess around Saturday, or
b) mess around Wednesday afternoon, then start up for the rim Thursday morning?

I'd like to see Ernst Tinaja and do another dayhike, maybe to Cattail Falls.  We have to head home Sunday.

Thoughts?
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« Reply #65 on: July 21, 2006, 06:35:37 PM »
Sooooo, how did it go?

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Offline TexasGirl

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« Reply #66 on: July 22, 2006, 12:38:49 PM »
Sorry, ATTM, next week.
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« Reply #67 on: August 06, 2006, 05:59:30 PM »
Everyone else has already given you good advice and as the new guy on block, be prepared, take stairs in highrise building, keep working out, consider lightweight knee brace for suspect knee and wear same, better to prevent problem rather than having problem on the Rim. Walking sticks or trecking polls save you knees. Couple of last things, 1. I have never seen the Fasion Police in BB, so I don't care what I look like (kinda ugly, see photo) 2. Most of the fancy dressed people in the desert are usually laying dead beside the trail because they did not plan and have not prepaired, they would rather look good than take precautions.  Have Fun

Boy Scout be Prepaired.  Undertaker
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