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Title: Backpacking Trip Reports Index 2004-2010
Post by: mule ears on December 12, 2010, 02:33:40 PM
Hey all as a “present” to the board on it’s 5 year anniversary I have attempted to go through all of BigBendChat  :icon_redface: and pull out all the Backpacking trip reports (only those that involve an overnight, no day hikes unless it is a special case or place)  to make them easier to find for those planning backcountry trips.

Please let me know of any that I missed and I will update the list from time to time.  Look for all the reports 2011-2014 here (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/backpacking-trip-reports-index-2011/) and the reports from 2015 on here (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/backpacking-trip-reports-index-2015/msg139328/#msg139328).

I did not include every last one as some are very brief and/or don’t have any pictures or other relevant information.  I have them by area/trail in chronological order so you can hopefully find a trip that is similar to the time you may be planning to be in the park.  I did not include reports from the State Park or GUMO (They are on their respective boards).

It begins with Chisos trips, as that is how most folks start (including campsites stayed at), and then the OML and on to lesser hiked areas.  By author and date.  Some will have links to reports on other sites and some have several hikes described in one report.  Also look at the longer hikes, that cover a lot of territory, as they may have some information on some of the less traveled areas of the park or specific trails but are not listed under those areas.

Chisos/South Rim
jeffblaylock  7/04  (NE3, SE3) (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/members-only-photos-and-reports/south-rim-zen-moment-(july-2004)) South Rim Zen Moment
MJ 1/06 (SW4) (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/january-trips)
Ray52 10/06 (EP1, SW3) (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/back-from-the-rim-october-backpacking/)
mountaindocdanny 12/06 with kids in the snow (SW2) (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/a-snowy-cloudy-big-bend)
jeffblaylock  8/07 (TM1, LW3) (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/el-saloacuten/off-trail-weekend-report)
tjavery  9/07 the link includes 2 days in the Chisos (SW3, NE4) (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/members-only-photos-and-reports/extended-labor-day-weekend-trip-(7-days-w-the-family))
jeffblaylock  4/08  South Rim on a Whim (SW4, LM1) (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/the-south-rim-on-a-whim)
sleepy 7/08 (SE3, LW3) (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/ay!chi-and-sleepy-trip-in-big-bend)
randell  8/08  RMJGMR (NE4) (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/the-rmjgmr-trip)
SA Bill  9/08  a return after 20 years (SW3) (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/sa-bill's-fall-'08-trip-report)
Ay Chihuahua 7/09  Ay Chi Goes Mellow (NE4) (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/ay-chi-goes-mellow)
mcarlini  11/09  First backpacking trip ever (SW3) (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/116-117-south-rim-first-backpacing-trip!)
African  12/09 with some snow (SE3) (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/trip-report-dec-6-10-chisos-mountains)
walkingman  12/09 (SE2) (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/walkingman's-south-rim-adventure)
cookie  12/09  with their daughter (SW3, SE3) (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/12-nights-in-the-bend)
PacingTheCage  2/10  First trip to BBNP (SW4) (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/my-first-trip-to-big-bend!)
jeffblaylock  3/10 taking a 1st timer (TM1, SW3) (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/taking-a-first-timer-to-the-bend)
TexasAggieHiker  5/10 (PI1, SW3) (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/to-the-south-rim-may-'10/)
FatPacker  5/10 and 8/10 (TM1, NE4, SW3) (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/fat-packer's-story-(june-12-19-and-aug-13-18))
tjavery  9/10  South Rim Express (SW4) (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/members-only-photos-and-reports/south-rim-express-(sept-2-5-2010))
African  10/10 great fall pics (SE3, BC2) (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/chisos-mountain-trip-reports-pics-oct-22-24)
Reece  11/10 starting from Juniper canyon (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/hiking-the-mountains/juniper-canyon-to-the-south-rim-a-different-kind-of-trip-report)
LEHudson  12/10 (SE1) includes a day hike to Ore Terminal (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/members-only-photos-and-reports/1-day-hike-in-the-desert-and-1-overnighter-in-the-chisos/?topicseen)

The Outer Mountain Loop (OML)
jeffblaylock  11/04  Very detailed (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/members-only-photos-and-reports/outer-mountain-loop-(thanksgiving-2004)/)
lighterfluid  11/06 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/outer-mountain-loop-nov-2006/)
JurisFrog  2/07 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/outer-mountain-loop-trip-feb-22-26/)
Casagrande  1/08  the OMG trip (a.k.a. the OML) (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/the-o-m-g-trip-(aka-the-o-m-l-)-jan-1-4-2008/)
bdhawk133  11/08 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/the-outer-mountain-loop-(or-should-i-say-the-'new'-oml)/)
walkingman  12/08 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/the-outer-mountain-loop-dec-8-11-2008/)
New Yorker  12/08 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/trip-report-7210/)
Ray52  1/09  great solo account (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/new-year-on-the-dodson/)
championbaum  1/09  a 32 hr. solo (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/oml/)
txhiker  1/09  another 1 night trip (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/january-trip-report/msg83942/#msg83942)
ryanrodgers  1/09 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/big-bend-january/)
dkerr24  2/09  another good solo report (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/darin's-oml-trip-report-feb-3-7/)
DJ  2/09  with the famous TWWG (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/oml-feb-2009/)
RikD  3/09 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/oml-report-22709-to-3209/)
ranchero  10/09 early Oct. and Hot! (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/oml-trip-report-october-5-10/)
Hiker79  3/10  counter clockwise solo and hot (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/solo-counter-clockwise-oml-330-41/)
championbaum  12/10  Outer Outer Mountain Loop (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/outer-outer-mountain-loop)


East side of the park
Marufo Vega

MarkD  4/06 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/a-non-texan's-trip-to-big-bend/msg26012/#msg26012)
randell  1/08  70 Hours (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/70-hours/45)
jeffblaylock  1/08  Of Burros and Marufo Vegamatics (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/of-burros-and-marufo-vegamatics)
summit  3/08 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/our-intro-to-bibe-marufo-vega-and-sw3)
ryanrodgers  1/09 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/big-bend-january)
TexasAggieHiker  2/09 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/marufo-vega-trip)
SABill  3/09 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/i-survived-(mostly)-marufo-vega!)
Mart  12/10 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/marufo-vega-trip-report/?topicseen)

Strawhouse and Telephone Canyon
mule ears  12/04  part of longer trip (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/strawhouse-to-the-basin)
mountaindocdanny  1/07 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/telephone-canyon-trip)  and here on his site (http://griffisfamilyoutdoors.blogspot.com/2007/01/13-62007-big-bend-national-park-tx.html) It includes Arroyo Venado

Dog Canyon and Devils Den
MarkD  4/06 a day hike (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/a-non-texan's-trip-to-big-bend/msg26012/#msg26012)
01ACRViper 1/07  a day hike (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/devil's-den-jan-9th)

Banta Shut-In
benthegrate  1/08 from Roy's Peak vista (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/el-saloacuten/banta-shut-in-from-roy's-peak-vista-trip-report-jan-2008)
jeffblaylock & Ay Chihuahua  11/08 from Roy's Peak vista (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/exploring-the-sierra-quemada-and-tornillo-creek/msg69603/#msg69603)
CactusFlower  3/10  Roy's Peak campsite to La Noria (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/trip-report-to-banta-march-3-7)

Sierra Quemada and the center of the park
Elephant Tusk area

tjavery  11/05 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/elephant-tusk-nov-'05)
billh  2/09 Dodson down Fresno creek (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/hiking-the-desert/fresno-creek/msg72411/#msg72411)

Dominguez Spring
tjavery  3/07 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/report-for-march-12-16)
sleepy  1/08 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/first-sleepy-trip-08)

Mariscal Mountain including Cross Canyon
DJ  1/10  a day hike Solis>Talley (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/3-days-in-january-mariscal-canyon-cross-canyon-trail-mariscal-rim-trail)

Badlands NE of Elephant Tusk
tjavery  3/09 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/members-only-photos-and-reports/big-bend-badlands-march-19-22)

Mule Ears area
billh  1/08 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/trip-report-mule-ears)
badknees  3/08  explorations of middle Smoky Creek (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/spring-break-trip-report-314-321)
travii99  12/08 loop south of Mule Ears (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/hiking-the-desert/anyone-hiked-this-hike-south-of-mule-ears)
congahead  3/09 Dodson/Smoky creek/Mule ears (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/members-only-photos-and-reports/upper-smokey-report-a-few-year-late/) 1st ever backpacking trip

Other and Longer trips in the Quemada
Robert  1/08  Homer Wilson/Dodson/Smoky Creek drainage/Goat Mtn./Homer Wislon (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/january-backpack)
badknees  11/08  Mule Ears/Jacks Pass/ Dominguez/Fisk canyon/Smoky Creek/Mule Ears (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/trip-nov-21-26th)
Cookie & el hombre  2/09  Homer Wilson/Dodson/Smoky Creek/Fisk Canyon and back (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/valentine's-get-a-way)
championbaum  4/09  Mule Ears/Smoky Creek/San Jacinto spring  with his son (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/trap-mule-ears-smoky-san-jacinto-springs)
Jeff Baker  3/10  Mule Ears/Jacks Pass/Domiguez/ET/Dodson/Homer Wilson/Goat Mtn./Mule Ears (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/back-country-springs-report-march-5-2010)
wild.open.spaces  12/10  Homer Wilson/Dodson/Smoky Creek/Fisk Canyon/Dominguez/Backbone/ET/Dodson/Homer Wilson (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/hwgtfisk-canyongtelephant-tusk-water!)

NW side of the park
Mesa de Anguila (MDA)
trtlrock  11/2000 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/mesa-anguila-trip-report-novdec-2000)
mountaindocdanny  2/06  solo (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/mesa-de-anguila-215-19-2006)
lighterfluid  5/08  solo and hot! (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/mesa-de-anguila-6484)
randell  2/10 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/mesa-de-anguila-on-the-rocks)
jeffblaylock, Ay Chihuahua, AC1Viper  4/10 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/ay-chi-jeff-and-viper-meet-their-mesa)

Badlands near Maverick Jct.
tjavery  3/09 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/members-only-photos-and-reports/big-bend-badlands-march-19-22)

Christmas Mountains
RedHawk  1/09 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/christmas-mountains-7396)
sleepy  2/09 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/christmas-mountains-steep-and-sharp)

Slickrock Canyon, etc
sleepy 12/10  Oak Creek/Onion Flats/Slickrock canyon (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/members-only-photos-and-reports/onion-lollipop)

Long cross country trips
Basin to somewhere or somewhere to the Basin

mule ears  12/04  Strawhouse/Telephone/Banta Shut-In/Dugout/Juniper Canyon/Basin (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/strawhouse-to-the-basin)
billh  2/06  Basin/Blue Creek/Dodson/Smoky Creek/Mule Ears (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/laguna-meadow-to-mule-ears-via-dodson-smokey-creek)
jeffblaylock & Ay Chihuahua  11/08  Basin/Juniper Canyon/Dodson/Smoky Creek/Dominquez/Jacks pass/MuleEars (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/exploring-the-sierra-quemada-and-tornillo-creek)
mule ears  12/08  Lajitas/MDA/TA/Chimneys/Mule Ears/Goat Mtn./Blue Creek/Basin (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/lajitas-to-the-basin-1215-122108)
Robert  1/09  Basin/Blue Creek/Smoky Creek/Mule Ears/Chimneys (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/trip-report-19th-24th-basin-to-chimneys)
championbaum  2/09  Basin/Blue Creek/Smoky Creek/Mule Ears (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/quick-trip-7509/)

Other long trips
Juan Cuatros Lados  Across the park Lajitas to RGV (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/members-only-photos-and-reports/a-walk-from-lajitas-to-rgv/) date unknown 
Robert  12/09  Lajitas/MDA/TA/Red Ass Spring/Maverick Jct. (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/lajitas-to-maverick-junction-12-27-09-to-1-03-10)
championbaum  12/10  Mule Ears/Jacks Pass/Dominguez Spring/Fisk Canyon/ET/Dodson/Juniper Canyon/S. Rim/Blue Creek/Dodson/Smoky Creek/Mule Ears (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/outer-outer-mountain-loop)

Completed but never reported other than extensive pre-trip planning threads
trtlrock  2/07  14 day circumnavigation of the Chisos (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/big-bend-national-park-qa/pre-trip-itinerary-suggestions-critiques-comments) and a some pictures of the first few days here (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/big-bend-photographs/circumnavigating-the-chisos-some-pics/)
trtlrock  12/07  14 days Basin to Lajitas (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/el-saloacuten/2007-2008-rim-to-lajitas-hike)
Title: Re: Backpacking Trip Reports Index
Post by: TexasAggieHiker on December 12, 2010, 02:45:10 PM
Wow!  Great work!   :notworthy:   :eusa_clap:
Title: Re: Backpacking Trip Reports Index
Post by: leigh on December 12, 2010, 03:29:30 PM
Mule Ears,
Thanks for taking the time to put this together. I know it will be a valuable tool for lots of folks!

Leigh
Title: Re: Backpacking Trip Reports Index
Post by: Ray52 on December 12, 2010, 03:35:39 PM
Thanks a lot Mule Ears!  For me, and I'm sure many others who love reading these, this is a great contribution.  This is my favorite part of BBC and a great resource when planning a visit.
Title: Re: Backpacking Trip Reports Index
Post by: chisos_muse on December 12, 2010, 03:46:32 PM
What an AWESOME job!!!  :eusa_clap: Happy Anniversary everyone! Exactly 5 years ago today for me.  :kaos-cactus06:
Title: Re: Backpacking Trip Reports Index
Post by: trtlrock on December 12, 2010, 06:59:51 PM
well done!  :eusa_clap:
Title: Re: Backpacking Trip Reports Index
Post by: jeffblaylock on December 12, 2010, 07:57:03 PM
Very nice, ME.

I realized from this list -- just 6 for me since '04 -- that I haven't backpacked enough in Big Bend lately. :icon_cry:
Title: Re: Backpacking Trip Reports Index
Post by: FatPacker on December 15, 2010, 08:35:01 PM
M.E.
Thank you for including my report on this list!
It makes me feel like I am part of the "family"
This was a great idea and Happy Anniversary to Big Bend Chat!

And yes, we are planning the next adventure, hopefully in April.
And then will share that experience too!
Title: Re: Backpacking Trip Reports Index
Post by: tjavery on December 16, 2010, 07:53:44 AM
Great work, ME! Thanks for this resource. Here are a few more of mine that could possibly work:

Chisos/South Rim
South Rim Express Sept 2-5 2010 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/members-only-photos-and-reports/south-rim-express-%28sept-2-5-2010%29/)
7-day trip Sept 2007 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/members-only-photos-and-reports/extended-labor-day-weekend-trip-%287-days-w-the-family%29/) (with a two-day overnight in the Chisos)

??? (dunno where this would fit, but it's three separate one-night hikes to different badlands within the park)
Badlands March 19-22 2009 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/members-only-photos-and-reports/big-bend-badlands-march-19-22/)
Title: Re: Backpacking Trip Reports Index
Post by: mule ears on December 16, 2010, 08:31:03 AM
Great work, ME! Thanks for this resource. Here are a few more of mine that could possibly work:

Chisos/South Rim
South Rim Express Sept 2-5 2010 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/members-only-photos-and-reports/south-rim-express-%28sept-2-5-2010%29/)
7-day trip Sept 2007 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/members-only-photos-and-reports/extended-labor-day-weekend-trip-%287-days-w-the-family%29/) (with a two-day overnight in the Chisos)

??? (dunno where this would fit, but it's three separate one-night hikes to different badlands within the park)
Badlands March 19-22 2009 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/members-only-photos-and-reports/big-bend-badlands-march-19-22/)

Thanks, TJ I will get them in the list.  I knew that Badlands trip was out there but couldn't remember where.
Title: Re: Backpacking Trip Reports Index
Post by: fartymarty on December 16, 2010, 07:59:04 PM
What a great idea mule ears!  :eusa_clap:  :eusa_clap:

Well done!..and THANKS!
Title: Re: Backpacking Trip Reports Index
Post by: Casa Grande on April 01, 2011, 10:58:06 PM
Wow, talk abOut being late to the party.   :icon_cry:
Title: Re: Backpacking Trip Reports Index
Post by: TexasAggieHiker on June 06, 2011, 04:39:22 PM
There used to be a bookmark feature, (my favorite feature by the way).  It was lost in the last server transfer, along with the accomplishment badges.  But supposedly our bookmarks are still saved somewhere and they'll be back eventually.  Hopefully sooner than later......