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Mesa de Anguila Water Sources Summer?

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Offline jeffblaylock

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Re: Mesa de Anguila Water Sources Summer?
« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2019, 01:00:39 AM »
IIRC, Jeff Blaylock (or possibly Robert?) unexpectedly stumbled upon it a few years ago and included mention of it in a trip report. Ever since reading about that tinaja, Iíve wanted to check it out. Iíve always referred to it as Tinaja Fortunato. Sounds like it still is!

Possibly. We were on the Mesa a couple months after it had rained significantly, hoping that the tinajas would still be full of water. We found mostly dust. I think the tinaja mentioned previously in this topic is the one where we found water, and it required the young buck (Thank you Viper) of our group to free climb down to it. Full description of the trip is here:

That said, the Mesa has no shade. Virtually none of it is level. The closer you get to the mouth of Santa Elena Canyon, the more if feels like you're walking on razor blades, and there's no place to sit down. And you're a long way from help. If it's sunny and hot, this will be a very hot hike, whether there's water or not. Not discouraging you, just level-setting.
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Offline Wadfather

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Re: Mesa de Anguila Water Sources Summer?
« Reply #16 on: May 23, 2019, 06:17:58 PM »
Well I guess this trip wasn't in the stars this time around. Maybe for the better. I showed up this afternoon without having heard about the fire until I got in the park. All plans have had to change. I'm hoping th fire crews can do the best they can to stay safe. I may do marufo Vega instead


Offline mule ears

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Re: Mesa de Anguila Water Sources Summer?
« Reply #17 on: May 23, 2019, 07:07:29 PM »
Tough timing.  Marufo Vega can easily be hotter than the MDA but there is some shade available in the side canyons and along the river and there is water from the river too.  The rangers will try to dissuade you mightily.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water


Offline badknees

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Re: Mesa de Anguila Water Sources Summer?
« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2019, 08:47:23 PM »
It was 112 F in RGV today. The minimum humidity was 4%. The Marufo Vega will be a hazardous challenge. Good luck to you, be safe.
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Offline TexasAggieHiker

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Re: Mesa de Anguila Water Sources Summer?
« Reply #19 on: May 25, 2019, 10:12:17 PM »
Backpacking in the desert this time of year is not smart, no matter how experienced you are.


Offline Ranger Tim

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Re: Mesa de Anguila Water Sources Summer?
« Reply #20 on: May 30, 2019, 08:50:27 AM »
Mesa de Anguila is a terrible place to be during the summer and I really wouldn't expect any water in those tinajas until the monsoons. Look elsewhere.
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