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Day 4I collected my pack and scrambled up the big pouroff.This was probably the sketchiest move I made all week. I had my pack on my shoulders as I precariously tiptoed across the north side (left side in the photo). I knew it was a poor decision when loved ones started streaming through my mind halfway across. A better choice would have been to climb packless on the left and pull the pack up on the right.
After a long break I continued west. There is a confluence of several washes here but all you do is stick with the largest branch all the way to the road. Along this stretch, the park's map came in handy yet again in an odd way. The terrain here is pretty featureless, and looking at my caltopo maps with 40' contour intervals, I couldn't really tell where I was. But looking at the park's map, with its 80' intervals, only the most prominent landmarks were shown, and it was obvious were I was. Sometimes less is more I guess.
Great report DRS and thanks for taking the time to document the trip. If this keeps up I will have to start a BBRSP backpacking trip reports page. Your knees must be feeling better too!
Great report DRS and thanks for taking the time to document the trip. If this keeps up I will have to start a BBRSP backpacking trip reports page.
Your knees must be feeling better too!
Quote from: mule ears on February 10, 2019, 04:58:08 AMGreat report DRS and thanks for taking the time to document the trip. If this keeps up I will have to start a BBRSP backpacking trip reports page. Your knees must be feeling better too!+1 on everything. The shutdown this year has really brought BBRSP into the spotlight. And, Shorty, your trip report really makes the state park shine. Thanks for taking us there. I really, really enjoyed it. I hope you had as good or better time doing it as I did reading about it. Like Mule Ears, I thought a lot about your knees while reading each daily chapter, and was impressed with the prodigious amount of off-trail scrambling you did. You are one tough backpacker. I havenít been to BBRSP in almost twenty years, and the trips I did take werenít as ambitious as yours. This report really makes me want to go back again soon. Sent from my iPhone using Big Bend Chat
Just one little comment on gear. This is now the second trip (after my Canyonlands trip) where I have used the Jandd Mountaineering hipbelt water bottle holder.Photo taken on day 6 so it will definitely hold up to abuse. I was carrying a 15 degree bag which took up about half my pack, so I needed to carry all my water outside my pack. The hipbelt bottle holders, combined with two 1.5 L bottles in each side pocket, gave me a carry capacity of 8 L. Plus the holders transfer the weight directly to your hips so it saves your back, and they loop through the shoulder straps so they don't slide off when you doff your pack.
In conclusion, if anyone says BBRSP is not a backpacking destination, I say to you
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