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Back from The Rim - October backpacking

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« on: October 06, 2006, 11:32:25 PM »
Just returned from a trip to the Park which included dayhiking the Window, Casa Grande, and Cattail Falls (and our encounter with Green Tortoise Trails described in another thread), and a 3 day/2 night backpacking trip to the High Chisos.  We spent 2 nights in the basin at site# 60 before packing the truck and loading our packs for the Tuesday morning ascent via the Pinnacles Trail.  We left the basin at approximately 10 AM under a jewel-like blue sky and comfortably warm temperatures.  Within 10 minutes and before we were even out of the residential complex we were questioning our sanity for trying to pack approx 55 pounds each up to EP1.  We resisted the urge to abandon any of our gear though and began the ascending portion of our hike.  Most of you are familiar with this trail, but if not, Texas Girl provided an accurate and humorous description of the challenges it presents in a thread on this board earlier this fall.  I can't begin to describe it as well as she did, and my experience on Tuesday can only validate what she wrote.  

We reached our campsite about 5 hours later, set camp, stowed our packs and went to the top of Emory Peak and enjoyed the spectacular views from the top.

Colorful wildflowers which weren't blooming when I hiked these trails last winter lined the trails in many places and blanketed many of the slopes above and below the trails.  

The next morning we broke camp and continued toward the Rim on Boot Canyon Trail.  
Birds and deer were plentiful, but we didn't see any snakes, bears, or mountain lions.  An occasional lizard hurried across our path and dissapeared, but this one took shelter in a crevice on the canyon wall long enough for me to take a picture.


We reached the NE Rim late in the morning and as we proceeded around to the South paused many times to admire the vistas below us and take photos.

We arrived at SW3 by 2:00, set camp, relaxed for a couple of hours, and were visited by a group of 3 deer.  One of them approached us fairly closely and allowed me to take several photos.

They left shortly before the sunset which we enjoyed from a tremendous vantage point near our tents.


The very windy night turned to day and we packed our camp and were on the Laguna Meadows trail by 9:30 for our return to the Basin.  Once there at just before 1:00, we enjoyed burgers and tacos and lots of iced tea at the restaurant.  We drove to RGV for a shower and a shave, then hit the road for home.  We stopped at the Oasis in Marathon for more non-freeze dried food and shared a table in the crowded restaurant with 2 residents, then headed east for the night long return trip via Hwy 90 and IH10 to Orange.  

Inspite of my struggle with a heavy pack this was another great week and my attention now turns to the calendar to plan for my next trip to Big Bend in january or february.

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Offline Desert Rat

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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2006, 05:11:08 AM »
Thanks for the report and pictures Ray.

I will be heading to BIBE next Friday.  My last trip was the end of March and early April when the park was as dry as I can remember in 40 years of going.  I can hardly wait to see it after the rains.

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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2006, 08:55:38 AM »
Nice report and great photos.

Al

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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2006, 09:00:09 AM »
Great going Ray...your pictures, sure did help to vision your trip reports.

  Now i need to do my thingy and schedule a trip to the mountains...a.s.a.p .
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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Offline Hejira

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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2006, 12:56:25 PM »
Thanks for the report Ray.  Especially about how you are already planning your next trip.  Your pictures and writing really hit the spot.

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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2006, 02:06:54 PM »
Nice hike and report.  This is a beautiful time of year at BIBE.  Thanks for the pics too!
Funny... I have a story about that...

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Offline Vince T

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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2006, 08:43:42 AM »
Thanks for the report Ray-
You got some good pictures there...I like the lizard shot.

Who needs a ceiling fan when you have that desert wind, right?
Vince

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« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2006, 07:34:39 PM »
I especially like that moon shot!

Al

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« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2006, 08:13:28 PM »
Really beautiful shots....you were lucky to have been blessed with the weather and sky! :D

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« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2006, 08:49:47 PM »
On a clear night with a good moon, you don't need a flashlight except in the "shade".  I've heard folks say they have even put a tent up just to keep the moon out of their eyes so they could sleep!

Al

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« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2006, 08:51:17 PM »
P.S.  It is always better to overpack than underpack even if one does have to work a bit harder!

Al

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Offline RichardM

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« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2006, 08:54:38 PM »
Quote from: "Al"
On a clear night with a good moon, you don't need a flashlight except in the "shade".  I've heard folks say they have even put a tent up just to keep the moon out of their eyes so they could sleep!

Actually, it was just a tarp.  Moon was about 3/4 full and I could literally read newsprint by it.  That was at SW4.  Looking out off the South Rim in the moonlight was my most sublime moment on the park.

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« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2006, 09:07:49 PM »
I just bring my aroma sleeping mask!  Much easier than putting up a tarp!

http://www.dreamessentials.com/a_mask_aromessentials.aspx

Al

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« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2006, 04:35:10 PM »
great plant photos ,ray. the blue one is canyon sage ,salivia lycoidies, the red one is penstemon havardii with eupotorium wrightii being the white flowering plant in front.all your photosare killer. jim2

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« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2006, 10:59:39 PM »
_Wonderful_ photos, Ray, and your trip report took me right back.  Thank you for that.  I have to say I laughed a lot more at your mention of my Pinnacles climb than at any other thought of it!  Thanks!  

Wish I were there.  sigh
As a matter of fact, I _do_ have an opinion on that....

 


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