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Marufo Vega Thanksgiving

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Offline steelfrog

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Marufo Vega Thanksgiving
« on: November 27, 2012, 02:14:30 PM »
So we headed out to MV the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.  First, let me say that in my opinion, MV is a great trail, easy to follow and not terribly challenging if it isn't hot.  An easier day hike than, say, the South Rim loop.  Went with 5 of the squid, 6-15 y.o., and stayed overnight at Split Rock.  Here's near the start of the trail:



We called this our Windy Trip because the winds were phenomenal.  I'd estimate that at times in the canyons as the wind squeezed through gaps and up gullies, the winds exceeded hurricane force.  I myself (215 pounds) was even blown down once.  Here'sa  pic showing the dust storm blowing through Boquillas:



Here's a pano of above the "big up", looking S; El Pico partially hidden by clouds:



Heading down the North Fork towards the Rio Grande:



From the top of the North Fork.  Freaky clouds over the Sierra del Carmens all day:



More freaky clouds:



Not a bad view fromt he Split Rock campsite:



Split Rock from above just after sunrise:



Bonus material:

On the way back, we went by Enchanted Rock for some scrambling; this is goign up Turkey Peak SW side over to Mighty Dog Wall:



The kids free climbing 5.4 rated Central Ramp left of Mighty Dog Wall; very windy here as well, which complicated things; only the first 2 (15 and 8 ) elected to continue; the rest of us went around standard way:



Aslo, we went by and through Fossil Rim Wildlife Refuge.

Not a bad weekend!
« Last Edit: November 27, 2012, 02:25:18 PM by RichardM »

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Offline TheWildWestGuy

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Re: Marufo Vega Thanksgiving
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2012, 09:50:09 PM »
Glad you made it OK,  did you find any water other than the Rio Grande?  Were their other hikers out there or did you have it all to yourselfs?  See any Mexican Burros?   TWWG

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Marufo Vega Thanksgiving
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2012, 09:01:09 AM »
No water (we carried waaaay too much).

Saw 2 people on the river portion, apparently day hiking; saw some people off trail south of the dry wash on the way out; don't know if they were exploring or lost; they looked like noobs.

Saw Mexican burros way off in the distance and heard a number of them we didn't see.  They are funny.

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Offline Lance

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Re: Marufo Vega Thanksgiving
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2012, 10:09:54 AM »
Nice report!  Those clouds over the Carmens were awesome!
New camera looks like it's working out well..
 :eusa_clap:

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Marufo Vega Thanksgiving
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2012, 10:52:38 AM »
A note on times.  We started late, at 10:11 a.m.  We were in no particular hurry, taking eat breaks, etc.  We arrived at the N-S split before noon, about 11:40 if I remember right.  The "big up" is the only thing I timed and that took 17 minutes.  We left the N-S split, heading down N, at noon; arrived at the river at 1:30; took another break until 2:10; arrived at the S rim up at 2:50; took anotehr break; arrived at Split Rock at 3:30.  Next day we left Split Rock at 9 and arrived at car at 11:30.

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Offline mbender

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Re: Marufo Vega Thanksgiving
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2012, 06:08:49 PM »
Beautiful!
How do you rate the views on M-V? I talked to one of the folks behind the counter at PJ who said the views on the M-V were her favorite in the whole park.

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Marufo Vega Thanksgiving
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2012, 08:52:08 AM »
They are excellent!  Especially in the "golden hours."  There are also a lot of opportunities there to do other stuff.  You can explore the rim off trail, there are some nice mountains that are pretty easy to get up, etc.  It's not too "bushy" back there so you can tromp around quite a bit.

 


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