Friends of Big Bend National Park
Big Bend Conservancy

Over-estimating your experience or under-estimating the terrain in a place like Big Bend can result in serious injury or death. Use the information and advice found here wisely. Climb/Hike/Camp/Drive at your own risk.

+-Calendar for sale

 2019 BigBendChat Calendar on sale now!


Modified OML on Thanksgiving break

  • 6 Replies
  • 1138 Views
*

Offline photopam

  • Jack Rabbit
  • *
  • 25
Modified OML on Thanksgiving break
« on: November 27, 2017, 03:12:20 PM »
HI everyone!  Thanks for all the help planning my trip.  This was my 5th time at the park and I finally made it to the rim!  It was almost 10 years ago the last time I was here, and It was good to be back. 

I arrived on Monday 11/20 and got my permit squared away.  I then spent the night at Stillwell so I could get my stuff together, and get a shower. 

Tuesday I got to the Sotol Vista Overlook, and headed down to Homer Wilson's to catch the Dodson.  It was beautiful walking around the desert again.  I usually come in the spring, so seeing the desert in the fall was a neat experience.  Different things are in bloom.  And the morning light sparkled off the cacti as I walked (see m y profile image).   The trail is overgrown in places, but it wasn't too bad.  I wore long pants and a long sleeved button up shirt.  They got snagged pretty bad, but I on;y got a few cuts and scrapes, mostly on my hand.  There were a couple of times I had trouble finding the cairns and had to back track, but it wasn't too bad.  I do wish I had started a little earlier in the day than I did (I finally got on the trail a little before 9)  because It was dusk before I found my campsite on the Juniper Canyon.  It might also had had to do with me stopping to take pictures.  I took more pictures in the morning than I did the rest of my trip.  I did meet about 6 other hikers along the way, all going in the opposite direction.  Well, it was me going in the opposite direction.   8)

The next morning, I got an earlier start, thanks to not having to drive in.  Whoo what a climb that was too!  When I got to the Zone Camping sign, I met a guy coming down from the rim and I am thankful that he was there, because The trail looked like it went straight instead of up from where he came from.  I would have kept going...  Once I was going up there, the shade began.  It was the perfect temperature and shady, and ooh all the trees!  UP, up I went, loving the forest that surrounded me and enjoying the slight fall colors.  That made the uphill climb more enjoyable.  I got to Boot Canyon, and Oh more pretty leaves and all the rocks! I was so happy I had made it.  The climb was so worth it.  I enjoyed the more level ground along the NE trail to my campsite for the night NE4.  I tried my phone to see if I could get a signal, and I did, though it was two bars at most.  I called my husband to check in with him and let him know what he was missing.  I hung out by the rim nearby and enjoyed the view for the rest of the evening.

The next morning was Thanksgiving, my final day.  I wasn't sure how long it would take me to get down as I have ITBS in my left knee and going down is brutal.  So I woke up and enjoyed the sunrise, packed up and leisurely walked the rim, enjoying the views as I went.  Once I got to the Blue Creek, it was determination.  Determined not to hurt my knee and to get down in a reasonable time.  That first part is steep.  I thought how on earth is this trail going end up down in that canyon?  But I made it!  Again, it was nice in the trees and the walk in the creek bed was not nearly as bad as the Dodson.  It was really neat rounding the bend and seeing the hoodoos for the first time and the orange canyon walls.  It reminded me a little of Southern Utah.  I did see a couple groups of people on this part of the trip.  Then, I was out of the creek and I saw the roof for Homer Wilson's ranch house and cars in the parking lot.  I was almost there!  I made it to my car by 2 pm.  I got there quicker than I thought. :icon_biggrin:

I did end up bashing my big toe on my right foot on every rock that jutted out, so it is swollen.  :eusa_boohoo: 
But I am so glad that I did the modified OML.  I had never seen this part of the park before.  I can't wait to bring the rest of my crew out here and explore the Bend! 

*

Offline mule ears

  • Global Moderator
  • Mountain Lion
  • *
  • 4265
  • "He had to leave Texas but won't say why" McMurtry
    • 40 years of walking
Re: Modified OML on Thanksgiving break
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2017, 03:44:55 PM »
Awesome Pam and you were really moving along well.  I really like the counter clockwise route and not having to go in and out of the Basin.  Any water report or photos to come?
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
http://40yearsofwalking.wordpress.com/

*

Offline nuggetf5

  • Golden Eagle
  • Coyote
  • *
  • 102
  • Currently hiking around Lawrence, KS
    • Mandolin Cafe
Re: Modified OML on Thanksgiving break
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2017, 05:28:04 PM »
Thanks for the report. Sounds like you had a good time and magical experience.
Mandolin Cafe
Since 1995

*

Offline DesertRatShorty

  • Diamondback
  • *
  • 263
    • Who was Desert Rat Shorty?
Re: Modified OML on Thanksgiving break
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2017, 06:23:10 PM »
Thanks Pam, glad you had a good time. Curious, what techniques do you use to protect your knee while hiking?
I roamed and rambled, and I foller'ed my footsteps
   To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
   And all around me a voice was a'sounding
   This land was made for you and me

*

Offline Robert

  • Golden Eagle
  • Black Bear
  • *
  • 993
  • He who limps is still walking. - Stanislaw J. Lec
Re: Modified OML on Thanksgiving break
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2017, 10:36:56 AM »
Nice report. Did you carry all your water or refill along the way? Curious to see what gear you took and how heavy was your pack? 

*

Offline photopam

  • Jack Rabbit
  • *
  • 25
Re: Modified OML on Thanksgiving break
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2017, 01:33:22 PM »
Thanks Pam, glad you had a good time. Curious, what techniques do you use to protect your knee while hiking?
 

I have an insole in my boot that helps, but it can make my toes slip to the front of my boot when going down at an incline - so I haven't found a great solution.  I had to take some of the steeper areas very slowly.  Also stretching helps.    Anyone else have any ideas?   I'd like a better solution. 

*

Offline photopam

  • Jack Rabbit
  • *
  • 25
Re: Modified OML on Thanksgiving break
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2017, 01:39:13 PM »
Nice report. Did you carry all your water or refill along the way? Curious to see what gear you took and how heavy was your pack?

I took a little over 6 litters with me.  I drank almost half the first day.  But then I couldn't eat anything.  The next day I took smaller sips and waited to get hungry because I needed the fuel.  It helped, and by the end of the second day I was a little hungry and was able to eat some, but I hadn't drank much, but didn't feel dehydrated.  I did the same the next day, and was able to eat more, So I had water left when I got back to my car. 

My pack was heavier than it should have been.  I did have a lot of food left over too since I could eat much.  And I took my camera which I used mostly the first half of day one, and didn't pull it out at all the third day...  Oh well.  I took my tent, down sleeping bag, an air mattress (that I want to exchange for a lighter one but oh so $$!)  and food and water, and jammies.  Oh and my jetboil which I used twice since i couldn't eat much...   

 


©COPYRIGHT NOTICE

All photographs and content posted by members are to be considered copyrighted by their respective owners and may not be used for any purposes, commercial or otherwise, without permission.

+-Calendar For Sale

 2019 BigBendChat Calendar on sale now!

Powered by EzPortal

Facebook Comments