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Too bad you ran into those guys camping at ET trailhead, you could have had a long stretch without seeing anyone. My longest is 6 days. But then you did get some water from them.
Quote from: mule ears on February 02, 2016, 08:44:54 PMToo bad you ran into those guys camping at ET trailhead, you could have had a long stretch without seeing anyone. My longest is 6 days. But then you did get some water from them.I was thinking the same thing! I would have made it 5.5 days without seeing anyone if it weren't for them, but that water was a great compromise. Wow 6 days is a long time though. Was that in Big Bend? And yeah that was a haul doing the 17 miles on day 4. But I remember reading Eric's report on his hike of this similar route, where he hiked all the way from Elephant Tusk to the Basin in one day. I was just glad I didn't have to do that!
Lastly, on your first day when you went around the "150 foot" pouroff, was there enough water flowing that it made a water fall?
Great report, great pics, and I really like your blog. Well done.
Nice hike and you covered a ton of area. Good to hear Alder spring is doing well. You did right in getting out of the creek bed to the east and avoiding all that brush. If you pushed through some of it before leaving the creek bed, then you for sure took a serious beating! I would bet you a peso that the animal you heard was a ringtail. They often call out after it finally gets good and dark. It's not in a mountain lions nature to call out and then wonder around some ones camp. They are purely stealth and don't announce themselves. I would bet you another peso that a least one mountain lion sat somewhere and watched you wonder by though.You aren't the only person to loose that trail at Elephant tusk. People come to the spot where the dirt turns turquois and they head down hill instead of simply walking straight along that side. NPS should do something right there. Over Christmas we found a bunch of trash down in the black rock canyon of Elephant tusk. Was there still a bunch of trash? Or did they send someone out there to pick up all the cans and milk cartons? Lastly, on your first day when you went around the "150 foot" pouroff, was there enough water flowing that it made a water fall? A while back it was flowing enough that someone had put a game camera there to look at all the animals that came by for a drink.Once again, nice work. I bet your buddy was jealous as you described and pointed out your route when y'all were both up on the rim your last night!
I had my numbers off slightly, yes it was in Big Bend and was just over 5 days on my somewhat similar loop over Mariscal Mountain, when we decided not to walk the spine, had we walked the spine I am sure we would have gone over 6 days without seeing anyone but we came out a day early.I was surprised you had trouble finding your way around the pouroff that has Mesa Bonita spring at it's base, there is a steep/scramble descent on the right side going down canyon.
Awesome report! I love long hikes. My longest thus far in the park is 8 nights, Quemada loveliness.
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