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Is this a reasonable plan?

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Offline andrwtzel

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Is this a reasonable plan?
« on: March 02, 2015, 07:39:18 PM »
Hey everyone, we are planning our first trip in April. I wanted to see if you thought this was a reasonable plan, or if there is anything else we should know. We will be car-camping and moving our way throughout the park.

Day 1 - Arrive around 9am in Terilingua. Rent a kayak and drive down to Santa Elena Canyon and do the upstream 'boomerang trip'. Drive back to Terilingua, and grab a bite to eat and explore the town before returning to our campsite (TBD).

Day 2 - Set up camp in the Basin, hike Grapevine Hills and either the Lost Mine or Pine Canyon.

Day 3 - Hike the South Rim + Emory. Get an 8am start.

Day 4 - Head to the Hot Springs. Cross into Boquillas for some lunch. Camp at or around Ernst Tinja that night.




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Re: Is this a reasonable plan?
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2015, 08:53:22 PM »
Hey everyone, we are planning our first trip in April. I wanted to see if you thought this was a reasonable plan, or if there is anything else we should know. We will be car-camping and moving our way throughout the park.

Day 1 - Arrive around 9am in Terlingua. Rent a kayak and drive down to Santa Elena Canyon and do the upstream 'boomerang trip'. Drive back to Terilingua, and grab a bite to eat and explore the town before returning to our campsite (TBD).

Day 2 - Set up camp in the Basin, hike Grapevine Hills and either the Lost Mine or Pine Canyon.

Day 3 - Hike the South Rim + Emory. Get an 8am start.

Day 4 - Head to the Hot Springs. Cross into Boquillas for some lunch. Camp at or around Ernst Tinaja that night.
Sounds good so far. If you're doing the South Rim, I'd say do Grapevine Hills (it's fairly short) and Pine Canyon. Or heck, do all three. :) See my other South Rim & Emory comments.

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Re: Is this a reasonable plan?
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2015, 08:56:01 PM »
"Reasonable" is relative to how old, how much hiking experience, how fit, etc. Tell us more and we can respond.

While in Terlingua you ought to eat at the Starlight and sit on the porch there watching the Chisos.

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Re: Is this a reasonable plan?
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2015, 08:58:44 PM »
I'll let someone else give their experience about number 1 as they'll have more experience with that than I would.

Day two,  I would get up from your Basin campsite early in the morning and head up Lost Mine, have some lunch up there and if you're up to it,  go for Grapevine.  Skip Pine Canyon.  Pine Canyon is wonderful,  but save it for another trip, or make its own day.

Day 3 may be a bit lofty, but you'll need to get a quicker start than 8.  With the short days,  you'll likely not make it back by dark.   And even if you did,  you wouldn't be able to enjoy the majesty of the Rim for very long.  Do Emory,  it won't take long.

Day 4, that shouldn't be a problem.  Bring your passport and high clearance vehicle (truck or SUV will do) for Ernst.

Of course all of this depends on your shape and vehicle.

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Re: Is this a reasonable plan?
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2015, 09:05:59 PM »
Day 4, that shouldn't be a problem.  Bring your passport and high clearance vehicle (truck or SUV will do) for Ernst.

Or a minivan!  :eusa_dance:



Only been to Ernst twice, both times in my Dad's good ol' Toyota Sienna. But seriously, check at the visitor center for recent road conditions. I've been lucky.
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Re: Is this a reasonable plan?
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2015, 09:27:34 PM »
Well, I wasn't gonna say anything, but I've actually done it in a sedan.  But I highly discourage such behavior.

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Re: Is this a reasonable plan?
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2015, 10:19:14 PM »
Thanks for all the responses everyone. To respond to a few questions/comments...

-I would say we are intermediate hikers/campers (don't want to be cocky :13:). This would be the longest day-hike we've done. We are 25 years old and in good shape, so it SHOULD be do-able. I was just curious to hear from some people who have done it before.

-I mentioned leaving at 8am the day of the South Rim + Emory. This was just a guesstimate. I imagine we will leave once the sun is up, if not a little before. Most of all, we just want to enjoy it. Take our time to the Rim, have lunch, circle back towards the Basin and climb Emory. Even if we need to we could throw on the headlamps for the last mile or so.

-We should have between 5-6 liters of water for the two of us. Along with a trail meal and other snacks.

-Day 2 we plan on taking it easy so Grapevine Hills looks like it will be one we hit for sure.

-For Day 4, we've got the passports and an off-road vehicle so we should be good to go. Also, I'm thinking jumping in the hot springs might be just what we need after a long hike the previous day.

Again, thanks for the responses - lots of helpful information here. I plan on having a write-up and pictures of our trip when we get back!


 


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