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Suggestions for 4-5 day trip

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Offline mule ears

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Re: Suggestions for 4-5 day trip
« Reply #15 on: September 30, 2016, 01:02:37 PM »
I usually print my own 11 x 17 on Adventure paper

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If you trim an 11X17 sheet carefully then fold it in quarters it fits nicely in a quart ziplock bag and then regular paper works just fine.  I also print them double sided.
Last winters Southwest Sierra Quemada Ramble took just two sheets of paper.
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Offline Treadstone614

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Re: Suggestions for 4-5 day trip
« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2016, 08:47:21 AM »
There is a possibility that I will be scrapping my backpacking plans altogether and doing several day hikes and more sightseeing. My 16 year old brother will possibly be tagging along on the trip and although he is in great shape and can handle the distances, I'd like to ease him into camping/backpacking so hopefully he will learn to love it as we all do. I've been researching online and I am currently reading through Laurence Parent's 'Hiking Big Bend', but I wanted to hear from you guys what would be the best day hikes to get a newbie hooked?

Thanks!

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Offline dprather

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Re: Suggestions for 4-5 day trip
« Reply #17 on: October 20, 2016, 03:51:10 PM »
Fit and healthy people do the South Rim as a day hike in all the time.  The South Rim is the Bend's big enchilada, and is, in my opinion, in the same conversation with the Grand Canyon.

I enjoy the Pine Canyon Trail.  It will not fill a day, but its four miles out and back will take a half a day.  The trail introduces you to the impact of changing elevation on plant life.  The end of the trail (at 2 miles) is really beautiful, unexpectedly so.  Pine Canyon is a trail to savor, not hurry through.

My wife and I recently did part of the Strawhouse.  We did not go the full length.

Some folks do the Marufo Vega Trail in a day, but that's a pretty long, pretty tough haul for one day.

Extra adventure: go up the saddle at Mesa de Anguila.  You won't get the full Mesa experience, but you'll see some awesome things.

I'm a sucker for Apache Canyon.

The fact is that you either passionately love the Bend or can't stand it.  If you fall in love with the Bend, any trail will do.



Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline Treadstone614

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Re: Suggestions for 4-5 day trip
« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2016, 10:15:50 AM »
Any advice on the use of primitive roadside campsites?

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Re: Suggestions for 4-5 day trip
« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2016, 09:42:44 PM »
Any advice on the use of primitive roadside campsites?


The key word is "primitive".  No running water, so you have to bring your own.  No "facilities", so pack a (REAL) shovel and toilet paper.

The things they DO have - a table, a bear box, a place to park and pitch a tent, and a great sense of isolation and solitude.  Try for a moonless, cloudless night.   The stars are unbelievable.   My kids and I eschew the tent and sleep on cots.

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Offline Jalco

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Re: Suggestions for 4-5 day trip
« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2016, 09:50:06 PM »
I correct myself.  The ones we stayed at did not have tables.  And I don't recall a bear box at one of them (Solis), come to think of it.
I reiterate, the key word is "primitive"

 


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