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Quemada base camp and so much more!

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Offline Cookie

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Quemada base camp and so much more!
« on: December 02, 2016, 11:02:33 AM »
After wrestling with getting the photos uploaded I thought I would put a "cheater" report up. Still trying to get the camping gear cleaned and stored so my house can return to CHRISTmas time! Here's a brief overview of what we did on our latest 11 day trip.

*previewed the new Fossil exhibit
*spent 4 nights base camping & hiking/climbing in the Quemadas near upper Fresno creek
*hit the hot springs, hiked the canyon near Persimmon Gap entrance station(NICE!)
*took my brother-in-law and niece up to the rim for a nice two nighter, climbed Emory peak

Great trip out to Big Bend! Hope to have the trip report up soon......

Until then enjoy the photos!   https://flic.kr/s/aHskHTjsWd

~Cookie
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Re: Quemada base camp and so much more!
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2016, 11:16:38 AM »
After wrestling with getting the photos uploaded I thought I would put a "cheater" report up. Still trying to get the camping gear cleaned and stored so my house can return to CHRISTmas time! Here's a brief overview of what we did on our latest 11 day trip.

*previewed the new Fossil exhibit
*spent 4 nights base camping & hiking/climbing in the Quemadas near upper Fresno creek
*hit the hot springs, hiked the canyon near Persimmon Gap entrance station(NICE!)
*took my brother-in-law and niece up to the rim for a nice two nighter, climbed Emory peak

Great trip out to Big Bend! Hope to have the trip report up soon......

Until then enjoy the photos!   https://flic.kr/s/aHskMsLR4H

~Cookie

Already jealous and can hardly wait to read it and see it!
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Re: Quemada base camp and so much more!
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2016, 12:36:31 PM »
Very nice, Cookie!

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Re: Quemada base camp and so much more!
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2016, 01:24:04 PM »
Great pictures! Lots of different perspectives I've never seen before. Can't wait for the words to go with them.

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Re: Quemada base camp and so much more!
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2016, 03:29:01 PM »
Some really great shots cookie, can't wait for the story.  Looks like you all were working the watershed divide in the Quemada, that is some area I want to get into as well.  Was all that algae in Fresno creek above the waterworks?  Looks like things are slowly de-greening out there.
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Re: Quemada base camp and so much more!
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2016, 04:48:58 PM »
Some really great shots cookie, can't wait for the story.  Looks like you all were working the watershed divide in the Quemada, that is some area I want to get into as well.  Was all that algae in Fresno creek above the waterworks?  Looks like things are slowly de-greening out there.

Most of the hiking we did was north of the Dodson. We were in the upper upper Fresno creek. Also found an area that looked like an old cowboy and possibly Indian camp. That is a great area with lots of summits to climb! I would definitely go back again!

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Re: Quemada base camp and so much more!
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2016, 08:37:40 PM »
Most of the hiking we did was north of the Dodson. We were in the upper upper Fresno creek. Also found an area that looked like an old cowboy and possibly Indian camp. That is a great area with lots of summits to climb! I would definitely go back again!

I've been looking at topos of that area recently and wondered if anyone had ever explored it.  All the reports on Fresno that I've read concentrate on what's below the Dodson, with good reason.  Looking forward to reading your report.

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Re: Quemada base camp and so much more!
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2017, 10:33:28 AM »
Just got around to seeing this report. Some great pics!

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Re: Quemada base camp and so much more!
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2017, 01:22:10 PM »
Just got around to seeing this report. Some great pics!

This is a lot of crap!
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Holy Ursus, that's one well-fed bear!!!!!!!!
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Re: Quemada base camp and so much more!
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2017, 07:49:36 PM »
I thought I had better get this trip report posted before I forget what we did! We had a full itinerary planned for our time in the Bend over Thanksgiving 2016 and here is the basic overview of the trip.
*previewed the new Fossil exhibit
*spent 4 nights base camping & hiking/climbing in the Quemadas near upper Fresno creek
*hit the hot springs, hiked the canyon near Persimmon Gap entrance station(NICE!)
*took my brother-in-law and niece up to the rim for a great two nighter, climbed Emory peak
We had an uneventful trip out west. We were pleased that the ranger at the Persimmon Gap station was willing to write up our permit. The previous year we had stopped and asked for a permit there, but the ranger was unwilling since it might “get busy” any minute. This time the ranger was quite surprised when I told him I had used El Campo to make a request, and he wanted to know how I even accessed the web site. He stated that we weren’t supposed to be using it due to “security issues”, and people were unable to fill it out correctly making more work for the rangers to go back and fix the problems. Well, I was somehow able to do it right, again.  Permit in hand after an easy 10 minutes we were heading for Pine Canyon. On our way in we stopped by the new Fossil Bone exhibit still under construction. That is quite a building and should be standing for many many years.

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We had a great chat with one of the construction guys about Elk coming into the park. He had seen some in the Rosillos Mountains. He also commented how the NPS did not like the non-native Elk in the park.  He said the best place to see Elk is Chalk creek off of the Terlingua ranch road.

We headed to Pine Canyon for our first night in the desert. After dark as we were enjoying the stars, a car came in and stopped at our site. Someone with a flashlight started heading for our tents. After grabbing some protection, we questioned what he was doing. He stated he was supposed to be at Chilicotal site but someone else was there, and the rangers had messed up the permits and double booked the spot. Highly unlikely. Him and his dad were just looking for a place for the night after being on the OML. He ended up driving to the Pine Canyon TH for the night.

We packed up in the morning and headed to Homer Wilson. We were going to walk the Dodson east from Homer and set up a base camp just west of the Fresno Creek drainage. We were hoping to find water near Claro spring and not have to go over the ridge and down to Bonito for our water supply. We found water at the top of Smoky creek drainage and it reassured us the water should be easy to find.
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El Hombre had used Google Earth to scout out some possible base camp sites. It was a beautiful day, and after a few hours we made it to our turn off. To the right, the drainage would take us to the Claro springs.  Instead, we hung a left (north) at the last drainage before the final ridge heading down to Fresno. After just a few minutes of walking up the drainage we found water with thick green algae in it. After a few more minutes of walking we found what we had hoped for, a nice pool of flowing water to filter from. From this spot we hiked up out of the drainage for about 20 minutes to a nice spot to set up camp. It had a great 360-degree view. The only downside was it didn’t have any rock outcroppings or areas that were great for enjoying the sunset. Still not too shabby.

Directly to the south stood “The Beast”, as we nick-named it. Originally, we called it “One-of-Three” because we could always see this mountain and the other two closely connected summits from various parts of the Quemadas. This would be our goal for our first day hike on this little adventure.

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In the morning, we explored down the drainage from our site and checked out Claro Spring. We found lots of water there, but were very happy we didn’t have to walk that far for water every day. We had purchased a 10L bladder for this trip. That thing is HUGE! I would not want to carry that full while backpacking. It worked great for base camping though. We climbed out of the drainage passed Claro B and had soon climbed and summited “The Beast”!


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Raven watching our progress
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looking north at the Chisos
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looking west to pt. 5917
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the edge of Backbone Ridge, Dominguez and the Puntas
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 carousel and pt. 5917
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Sugarloaf & Mule Ears
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Puntas
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don't think I need to ID this one
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M.E.
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to be continued.....

~Cookie

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Re: Quemada base camp and so much more!
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2017, 08:36:50 PM »
Great trip, great trip report, and great photos as always!  We barely missed each other. I arrived in Big Bend on Sunday Nov 28, and  then on Monday I climbed Little Persimmon Gap Mountain and descended the canyon toward the visitor center.

We had purchased a 10L bladder for this trip. That thing is HUGE! I would not want to carry that full while backpacking. It worked great for base camping though.

On that Tuesday, I headed south from the Devils Den tinajas toward Stuarts and Sue Peaks in the Deadhorse with a full 10L bladder AND a full 4L bladder AND a full 16oz Sawyer softbottle in my pack.  One of the dumber things I've tried...and I paid the price for it. I do not recommend it!


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« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2017, 10:12:08 AM »
Awesome photos and report!

Re: 10 liter bladders. On a trip to Baja, a buddy was using a 10 liter MSR Dromedary bag that busted a seam.  It wasn't a disaster, but in other circumstances it might have been. The MSR bags are good quality and this was probably a fluke manufacturing defect, but in any case I'd rather split my water out into multiple smaller containers.  Personal preference is now the Platypus and Evernew 2 liter bags.

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« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2017, 10:27:11 AM »
Side note. Years ago my son and I were double booked in Laguna Meadow. It was a mix up between PJ and PG. We were there first and the guys kept moving.

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Re: Quemada base camp and so much more!
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2017, 06:57:22 PM »
Side note. Years ago my son and I were double booked in Laguna Meadow. It was a mix up between PJ and PG. We were there first and the guys kept moving.

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Was that when everything was still hand written in the big books? I could see double booking then. With all the computer programs it seems it would eliminate double bookings. :eusa_think:

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« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2017, 07:01:09 PM »
It was before El Campo

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