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Very preliminary pre-trip report/planning June 30- July 4/5

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Offline bdann

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Well, the May trip had to get canceled due to lack of funds, but we're on track to be in the Basin the afternoon of June 30th.  

Number 1 goal for this trip: Casa Grande via the "The David Locke Route"

The rest is pretty much up in the air.  I'm hoping for at least one night backpacking in the Chisos.  Sure wish we had an extra day, in fact I might go ahead and take off the extra day.  If so....

Friday: Arrive, camp in the Basin
Saturday: Hike Casa Grande, celebrate w/ steaks/beers in the Basin
Sunday: Hike up to the South Rim
Monday: Day hike from the South Rim, maybe do some exploring in Boot Canyon
Tuesday: Hike down, go to RGV, take much needed shower.  Camp out in the desert somewhere, maybe La Noria.
Wednesday: drive home

Somewhere in there I'd really like to spend some time on the west side of the park, maybe go down to Santa Elena Canyon.  I haven't been down there in two or three years.  Maybe we'll get up early the day we leave and drive down there or maybe even camp at the Cottonwood campground the final night.  Now it's really been a long time since I camped down there!  

I'm open to suggestions, etc...

Oh yea, I also want to visit Oak Spring and Cattail Falls....
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Very preliminary pre-trip report/planning June 30- July 4/5
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2006, 02:43:01 PM »
My wife stayed at Cottonwood on her trip before our last one. She loved it down there. Lots of shade trees and grass. We drove thru when down at Santa Elena Canyon. Not a bad spot. There are two wild turkeys who frequent the campground and will really pester you at meal time. Wife had a Grey Hawk handout in the tree over her tent there, and they also saw an owl in the campground.

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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2006, 03:40:11 PM »


I stayed one night at Cottonwood a few months ago and enjoyed it.  I had good neighbors and the ground beneath my tent was "oh so soft".  That's no small pleasure for a spine as old as mine either.  I shared my campsite with the two turkeys who roosted directly overhead that night.  This one bears an uncanny resemblance to EdB who posts here too, but he swears we didn't meet.  One of my neighbors was, like EdB, from Minnesota, and also a fine fellow and neighbor for the night.

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Re: Very preliminary pre-trip report/planning June 30- July
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2006, 03:52:04 PM »
Quote from: "bdann"
Well, the May trip had to get canceled due to lack of funds, but we're on track to be in the Basin the afternoon of June 30th.  

Number 1 goal for this trip: Casa Grande via the "The David Locke Route"


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Offline KDann

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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2006, 10:31:45 PM »
I can't wait. I'll be sure to take some great pics...
been looking forward to that much needed vacation.

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Offline bdann

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« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2006, 09:57:39 PM »
Two weeks from tomorrow.....I'm getting a little antsy...Sure wish we could stay longer.  BBH's recent photos and Jim's post on Mariscal canyon are making me wish I had at the very least a full week out there!
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« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2006, 11:05:04 PM »
See if you can post something related to the weather. I want to get a good idea of how is it at night  ,  more clearer if theyr sleepable or just unbeareble such as Jim's  posts.... :shock:
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Offline Doc Savage

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« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2006, 11:26:59 PM »
Homer, weather smeather. Done my time in tents, that's why we have a motorhome. If there isn't power to plug into, the AC runs just fine on the generator ;)

Personally prefer the windows open most of the time, but with Pugs, they don't take to hot weather too well, gotta keep the AC on for them.

Robert
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Re: Watch the heat
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2006, 12:06:25 AM »
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See if you can post something related to the weather. I want to get a good idea of how is it at night  ,  more clearer if theyr sleepable or just unbeareble such as Jim's  posts.... :shock:


Well Homero, this certainly won't be my first summer trip, so I'll post a little now...

Everytime I've been in the summer, at night, in the Chisos, have been just fine (not hot).  It will dip down into the upper 60's F....pretty ok for sleeping.  Down on the desert floor, in the lower elevation....too hot to sleep, well, for me anyway.  I remember waking up one night camped at the Elephant Tusk campsite, probably 2am or so, it was hot.  This was one of the hottest day's I've had in the park. 110 at RGV.  Next night....along the maverick road somewhere, forget which site...HOT.  Could not sleep in the tent, ended up sleeping outside.  the wind was blowing, felt like a furnace.
Next night....Boot Canyon....wish I had a warmer sleeping bag.......that's right, I got COLD.  I posted some photos previously of the clouds shrouding the Chisos from this trip after the cold front moved in.  The high that day in the Basin was something like 68.

That just goes to show how much the weather can change one day to the next. You just never know.  On another trip, also camped in Boot Canyon, it rained all night and was very cool as well.  The very next day in RGV it was waaaaay hot.

When are you gonna get to BIBE Homero???  You should be there in two weeks....!!!  I know you'll love it, hot or cold.
WATER, It does a body good.

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Very preliminary pre-trip report/planning June 30- July 4/5
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2006, 06:37:38 AM »
I like your plans and have a few ideas.  Stay in the high country and dayhike to water from a South Rim campsite "basecamp".   You will be able to find potable water (with filtering of course) in Boot Canyon about 1 mile or so above Boot Springs (where the canyon narrows and several large tinaja's are present).   You could also dayhike down to Upper Juniper Springs which is a very scenic trail and the springs should have water in a small pool above the old concrete structures.  Some people make the mistake of thinking the springs are dry when they see the old concrete structures (pens?) but the spring is actually 40-60' uphill - listen for the honey bee's.   Or you can also find water in Upper Cattail Canyon in several tinajas below the old dam.  Its about 1 hour downhill from LW3 campsite (no trail just a route) so you could easily do it as a dayhike from the S. Rim.   On all of these hikes you can resupply your water and hike back to basecamp with a full supply.   It's going to be very hot at any lower elevations and you will probably need 1-2 gallons/person/day to be comfortable.   Have a good trip and try to get some photo's of the bear cubs for us... TWWG

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Offline manwithnoname

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Very preliminary pre-trip report/planning June 30- July 4/5
« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2006, 08:25:07 AM »
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You could also dayhike down to Upper Juniper Springs which is a very scenic trail and the springs should have water in a small pool above the old concrete structures.  Some people make the mistake of thinking the springs are dry when they see the old concrete structures (pens?) but the spring is actually 40-60' uphill - listen for the honey bee's.


So that's where the water is....

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Very preliminary pre-trip report/planning June 30- July 4/5
« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2006, 08:35:56 AM »
looks like a great time!  i'll be in the park sometime in July with a "city-boy" newbie...should be fun times  :lol:

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« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2006, 08:56:32 AM »
We're not going to have the last day I mentioned above, we have to leave on the 4th.  So it will just be one night backpacking up in the Chisos instead of two.  We should not have any trouble carrying all our water up there.

RE: the bear cubs....my camera will be at the ready.  probably won't be so lucky though.
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« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2006, 12:05:16 PM »
Quote from: "bdann"

RE: the bear cubs....my camera will be at the ready.  probably won't be so lucky though.


actually, you may be surprised.  I think the chances are higher than normal that you'll see the mama and/or her cubs in the Colima Trail/Boot Spring area (unless they have closed the trail)....be very very careful though...she is not one to be taken lightly.....have fun, be careful

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Re: Watch the heat
« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2006, 11:08:01 PM »
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When are you gonna get to BIBE Homero???  You should be there in two weeks....!!!  I know you'll love it, hot or cold.


 Well Brian, First of all . Your weather report is more than outstanding,Claerly helps me relay your report to the club members( P.N. 4x4 ).

  Now,why have i been so persistent with the weather subject :?: ,just because i am taking everything i read in to serious consideration to see when is the best time to invite everybody over here, and be absolutely sure you all will have a FANTASTIC  time.

  So far, the weather in the desert is difficult , for the general population. Only the hardcore benders can hack it and the rest are waiting for colder climates.

  Still, I will extend the invitation to everybody, once we feel we are good and ready.

 Everybody,please keep in mind that there are no paved roads when we go deep in the mountains, No water, No toilets, No showers in the Basin,No country crock store, No NADA...and that's the beauty of it all. PRISTINE.....seldom visited by Human Dingos, and what have nots.

 Now Brian, as far gettin' over to BiBe....I don't want to wait for December  :wink: , I'll see if i can make it be4 that time. Sure would love to stumble with somebody from this chat board, though. 8)
Stay thirsty, my friends.

 


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