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Marufo-Vega Trip Report

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Marufo-Vega Trip Report
« on: December 26, 2010, 11:49:31 AM »
December 19-22, 2010, seven hikers ventured to Bibe for the Marufo-Vega Trail.  Photos and a trip report are posted on Picasaweb:

http://picasaweb.google.com/mkgoodman1950/MarufoVegaTrailDecember2010?feat=directlink#

As you will see, this is spectacular but very rugged country.  In many ways, this hike is more of a challenge than the south rim.  I hope you enjoy the pictures,
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Re: Marufo-Vega Trip Report
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2010, 01:46:59 PM »
Great shots Mart.  Did you see the eclipse of the moon?  Looks like the weather would have been ideal for viewing.

Did y'all filter water from the Rio?  any other details or helpful suggestions for future MV hikers?
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Re: Marufo-Vega Trip Report
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2010, 03:07:23 PM »
Awesome pictures.

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Re: Marufo-Vega Trip Report
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2010, 05:49:09 PM »
Great shots Mart.  Did you see the eclipse of the moon?  Looks like the weather would have been ideal for viewing.

Did y'all filter water from the Rio?  any other details or helpful suggestions for future MV hikers?

Six out of seven were up for the eclipse.  I hate to admit it but I was the slacker (4 vitamin Is and a sleeper).  I was told that my hiking mates tried to awaken me but it was no use.  I didn't even hear the burros that walked down past my tarp (5 feet away?) raising all kind of ruckus on their way to the river.  That's drugs for ya...
And yes, we did use RGR water.  Some in the group filtered.  Others used Clorine Dioxide tablets.  I did both.  With two and a half liters of water for the hike in/out and a lightweight alcohol stove, my pack weighed in around 25 pounds.  That made a huge difference and I haven't turned green yet.  Time will tell, though.
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Re: Marufo-Vega Trip Report
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2010, 11:15:30 AM »
Nice!  I really like that photo of the campsite on the river.
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Re: Marufo-Vega Trip Report
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2010, 11:54:33 AM »
Great pics!  That hike is definitely at the top of my list for my next BIBE visit.

Darin

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Re: Marufo-Vega Trip Report
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2010, 12:59:01 PM »
Great report!  My wife and I are going to do MV the last week of January to celebrate our anniversary!  Oh man, this really excites me!
Ah Big Bend, we will soon return to reacquaint ourselves in our ritual of blood, exhaustion and dehydration. How can we resist the temptation to strip ourselves of the maladies of civilization?

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Re: Marufo-Vega Trip Report
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2010, 01:18:10 PM »
Great report!  My wife and I are going to do MV the last week of January to celebrate our anniversary!  Oh man, this really excites me!

H67, yall will love it.  When I do it next, I just might go down the north canyon, return the same way, but spend two nights along the river.  If you filter RGR water, then your pack weight would only increase by the weight of your additional food.  By dehydrating your own meals, the additional weight wouldn't be all that much.  I look forward to your trip report.
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