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OML December 5-8 2019

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Offline Charlie

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OML December 5-8 2019
« on: December 09, 2019, 12:03:55 PM »
I did a lot of lurking in this site before my trip and found a ton of useful information so I wanted to at least deliver a water report for anybody else out there who could use it.

Started a two man trip on Thursday the 5th at Homer Wilson and went counter clockwise across the Dodson. Fresno Creek was running and it was easy to get water in several spots if you walked down the creek just a little ways from the trail.

The next day we climbed up juniper canyon and stopped at juniper springs to fill up. There was a shallow pool of water but we found it easier to fill up just a little ways above the pool. There was water trickling off of roots and rocks and it maybe took 1-2 minutes per liter to fill up. We did have a terrifying experience there though, as a bear came out of the woods maybe 20 feet away from us. We had a little bit of a standoff as it kept circling around us and we also noticed two cubs hanging back behind it in the woods. The bear eventually got a drink of water down below us and then ran off.

We made it up to boot springs and saw the pools of water. They didn't look terrible but they also didn't look great so we went to look for the pipe. It only took us a few minutes to locate and there was some water slowly flowing out of it. Probably took 4-5 minutes per liter but it was good clear water.

We spent the night on the rim, went up to Emory the next day, then back to the boot canyon pipe to fill up one last time before spending the night in Laguna Meadows and then back down to Homer Wilson and out the last day.

It was an incredible trip. Thanks again to everyone on here for the great info.

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Offline mule ears

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Re: OML December 5-8 2019
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2019, 12:55:27 PM »
Charlie, very happy you made the loop and had a great trip.  Also glad that the info here was helpful for you to do the trip.

Not too surprising that a mother with cubs was determined to get to the water but sorry that you had to encounter her in that way.  It is the most dangerous of situations with bears.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Offline dprather

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Re: OML December 5-8 2019
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2019, 04:08:07 PM »
Sounds like a great trip!
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

 


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