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Chisos Mountain Trip Reports & Pics Oct 22-24

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Offline African

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Chisos Mountain Trip Reports & Pics Oct 22-24
« on: November 01, 2010, 11:38:34 AM »
Well folks, its been a few months since I have been on this website. I have been on the Oil Spill cleanup every single day since early June. My boss recently transferred me to a new post but insisted I take a few days off. After realizing I couldn't fight it off and stay, I instantly thought of Big Bend. The 1,800 mile round trip drive took a good chunk out of my few days off, but it was definitely worth it. My backpacking companions were also ready and willing, so we quickly got things together and headed for BIBE. After the traditional breakfast at a diner in Marathon, we started on the South Rim Trail as soon as we got there. The weather was highs in the upper 70's, lows in the mid 50's, and strong winds during the first day. It was just about perfect, the rest of the state was experiencing warmer weather. Since it was sunday, we passed a lot of folks who were going back towards the base. We always take Laguna Meadow uphill. It seemed like we had the whole rim to ourselves. We camped at SE3, amazing views and situated on the vista side of the trail. We didn't see any bears or mountain lions, but we did see a lot of tarantulas and deer. I thought we were about a month too early to hit the color change. So I was extremely surprised to see fall colors on the upper part of Boot Canyon and the Colima Trail. The second night, monday, we camped at BC2 and noticed the most of the other sites were filled as well. But BC2 is more secluded and further back. We were all a little apprehensive about how we planned our trip. It was our 1st trip of the season and we were hitting some intense trails with our 45+ lb packs. We even had a ranger stop us and give us a lecture about carrying a gallon per day per person. Even though it was cold enough that we were wearing jackets and that we have been on these trails before, we didn't argue with him. We went to the corner store and loaded up the weight. But after the second day of backpacking, we all still felt great. No IT band flare ups, no blisters or hot spots, only sore calf's. Don't get me wrong, I was wheezing and grunting most of the way up, but it didn't take as huge a toll on us as we expected. It probably helped that we slept at least 13 hours every night. We went down Boot Canyon and Pinnacles on our last day. The weather was still amazing and you rarely needed to sweat. As far as last minute trips go, this went amazingly smooth and I am glad I was forced into it........pics will follow, I am back offshore doing cleanup and the upload is extremely slow


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Re: Chisos Mountain Trip Reports Oct 22-24
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2010, 02:54:23 PM »
Sounds great! Looking forward to the pics...

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Re: Chisos Mountain Trip Reports Oct 22-24
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« Last Edit: November 01, 2010, 07:30:39 PM by African »
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Re: Chisos Mountain Trip Reports Oct 22-24
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2010, 06:53:32 PM »
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Nice!
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Re: Chisos Mountain Trip Reports Oct 22-24
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2010, 07:42:42 PM »
Awesome pictures! Thanks for posting!

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Re: Chisos Mountain Trip Reports Oct 22-24
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2010, 08:07:48 PM »
Wow, just look at those amazing colors!!!  I want to go back right now!!!  :icon_cry:
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Re: Chisos Mountain Trip Reports Oct 22-24
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2010, 09:27:47 PM »
Welcome back African, don't stay away so long. :eusa_naughty:

Great fall color captures! :eusa_clap:
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Re: Chisos Mountain Trip Reports Oct 22-24
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2010, 10:10:32 PM »
Wow! Beautiful colors! You make the right decision to go to Big Bend! I'm glad you were "forced into it" and made the choice to spend your time off in such a beautiful place. Thanks for coming back to the board and sharing your adventure!

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Re: Chisos Mountain Trip Reports Oct 22-24
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2010, 10:26:14 AM »
Beautiful!
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Re: Chisos Mountain Trip Reports Oct 22-24
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2010, 12:23:10 PM »
Nice contrast of fall colors to the normal desert browns. 

This reminds me, I need to get my Grand Canyon trip report from last week finished up and posted for you guys!

Darin

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Re: Chisos Mountain Trip Reports Oct 22-24
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2010, 12:26:45 PM »
those are the best pictures of big bend fall I've ever seen. we saw the Maples in Cat Tail bright one year, but I've never seen anything like those. Well done.

Re: Chisos Mountain Trip Reports Oct 22-24
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2010, 02:30:14 PM »
Where in the world does the tarantula carry his cell phone....looks like he shud've got a smaller one! 

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Re: Chisos Mountain Trip Reports & Pics Oct 22-24
« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2010, 09:29:38 AM »
Thanks folks!!!

It's great to be both back in BIBE and back on this site!

LOL, nice one Trout Whisperer. That spider could text message as quick as lightening when those 8 legs started cranking. She told me she would call, but she didn't  :icon_cry:

I am glad someone mentioned the calender, its has been my hidden desire to get one of my pics on there. Last year I didn't submit anything, I was so humbled after seeing tjavery's pics. But this year I will submit my pics and blitz that post.

 
Thanks again for your comments. An experience isn't complete until it is shared, and ya'll made it feel complete
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