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Wrap up (clothing-wise) early next week if anyone's headed to the park...

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Offline Al

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Re: Wrap up (clothing-wise) early next week if anyone's headed to the park...
« Reply #15 on: December 27, 2017, 09:16:39 PM »
What's the coldest temp anyone has ever endured at the Bend?

We primitive camped between Christmas and New Years, I think the year was 1983.  It was the same week Okiehiker lost his friend repelling down Cattail Falls.  It got down to 11 degrees F several nights according to the park weather report and the winds were gusting up to 40 mph. If caught in the kind of weather at my current age I would likely pack up and head to Study Butte for a motel room. 

Although we did endure almost as cold a trip in the second week of February 2011 but we had the infrared heater god to worship.  Makes all the difference.  We waited until the second week that year thinking it would be warmer but it was still very cold: mid-teens most nights with high winds. 

After the first experience with extreme cold I purchased an "extreme weather" down jump suit from Cabelas and hauled it around both in Big Bend, the Del Carmens and Maderas for many years.  I still have it and have lost enough weight to wear it again while primitive camping.  It is wonderful.
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Re: Wrap up (clothing-wise) early next week if anyone's headed to the park...
« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2017, 02:16:41 PM »
Back in 2014 I was camping in Rancho Topanga between Xmas & NYE.
I want to say it went down to the mid 20's at night, 60's during the day. It was windy at night though, so it felt colder.
I had my little buddy heater from Northern Tool and my tent was toasty in minutes. Outside we had campfires, so all was good.
I ended up leaving a day earlier than planned, due to the ice storm hitting the area.  I still hit it at Midland/Odessa and had to drive carefully back to DFW.

Last year at this time it was wonderfully warm. We camped and wheeled throughout the State Park.
Only on the last day did it start to get wet and cold. We had planned on driving up to the NW section where it's a little more remote. The weather again made me cut the trip short by a day.
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Re: Wrap up (clothing-wise) early next week if anyone's headed to the park...
« Reply #17 on: December 31, 2017, 10:26:24 PM »
What's the coldest temp anyone has ever endured at the Bend?

For me, it was 23 degrees F, at Rio Grande Village in February 2014.  I camped at RGV rather than the Basin thinking that it would be warmer at lower altitudes and not realizing that the cold mountain air, being denser, would sink to the low areas of the park such as RGV....

Re: Wrap up (clothing-wise) early next week if anyone's headed to the park...
« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2018, 09:48:52 PM »
Not in the NP, but next door in BBRSP, i car camped along the river I think in Jan 2008 and it got down to 9, according to the nearest weather stations. Wasn't windy though. not bad. Just slept in my outdoor reclining chair and down bag.

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Re: Wrap up (clothing-wise) early next week if anyone's headed to the park...
« Reply #19 on: January 05, 2018, 10:25:52 PM »
Just returned from the park...was my c-c-c-coldest trip ever to BiBe.  I've been many times between Dec26 and Jan7 since the 80s.  Had snow before and one particular night in the mid teens, but it always warmed quickly.  This time, (once the freezing drizzle left on Sunday night) was just dry, windy and biting cold.  Wednesday (1/3) at RGV was 14F.  Lotsa folks moving to sleeping in their cars. 

Daytime temps never got above the 30s/40s anywhere I visited.  Vega trail in particular on Tuesday (1/2) remained in 30s with knock-you-off-your-footing, strong winds all day.  Was glad we only did a day trip - I worried that night for the many trekkers we saw headed up the crystal highway and the 'big up' on our way back.  Can't imagine how miserable it was at split rock (etc) that night.

But as golfers say 'a sucky day at golf still beats a good day at work'. I'll still take any cold/hot days in the Bend.  :icon_biggrin:
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Re: Wrap up (clothing-wise) early next week if anyone's headed to the park...
« Reply #20 on: January 06, 2018, 10:56:44 PM »
Just returned from the park...was my c-c-c-coldest trip ever to BiBe.  I've been many times between Dec26 and Jan7 since the 80s.  Had snow before and one particular night in the mid teens, but it always warmed quickly.  This time, (once the freezing drizzle left on Sunday night) was just dry, windy and biting cold.  Wednesday (1/3) at RGV was 14F.  Lotsa folks moving to sleeping in their cars. 

Daytime temps never got above the 30s/40s anywhere I visited.  Vega trail in particular on Tuesday (1/2) remained in 30s with knock-you-off-your-footing, strong winds all day.  Was glad we only did a day trip - I worried that night for the many trekkers we saw headed up the crystal highway and the 'big up' on our way back.  Can't imagine how miserable it was at split rock (etc) that night.

But as golfers say 'a sucky day at golf still beats a good day at work'. I'll still take any cold/hot days in the Bend.  :icon_biggrin:

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