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I am loving this walk and excited that you are going to take the route up through Ernst Tinaja and then back down through Carlota. I missed doing that in 2014 and Carlota canyon looks pretty cool from what I saw from the Old Ore Rd. last year with Robert and Mitch.Good looking pack, I have the same one now, we will have to compare notes.
Great idea for a hike. I've hiked most of the creek but missing some sections. As you mentioned, easy on the knees, this is a nice hike to see a lot of different areas and potential for water refills or at least a cache. There are lots of options for further exploration just off the creek.
Quote from: DesertRatShorty on January 02, 2018, 10:58:03 AMIn the late 90s, there was a day in the summer monsoon season when Tornillo Creek was running bank-to-bank and very close to the bridge deck.It was VERY impressive.I probably have a photo of this, but Homero should not get excited and expect to see it anytime soon.
The Kalais was excellent, but I'll have to wait until I get it up to 40 lbs before the final verdict, hopefully next year!
Cool route! I am going to say after visiting with a ranger for a while this past trip, and hearing the stories about the increased drug running through BB, you saw a drug mule. Walking a backpack up from the Rio and leaving it under the wires at the creek would be an excellent recognizable drop spot. I bet House of Dawn saw them working their craft when he floated by too.We have always got around the choke stone at Ernest by using the crack with the grass growing out of it on the left (approaching from down stream; North side). If the boots are a little worn, take them off and use your bare feet. Fingers in the crack, feet moving sideways, facing the rock. I know, worthless advice now, but try it next time your over there.Is your backpack a Seekoutside? I just got mine and it looks like yours. Light and very comfortable being wider than most, just doesn't have great ventilation. If yours is the same, what do you think?
Quote from: presidio on January 02, 2018, 12:49:07 PMQuote from: DesertRatShorty on January 02, 2018, 10:58:03 AMIn the late 90s, there was a day in the summer monsoon season when Tornillo Creek was running bank-to-bank and very close to the bridge deck.It was VERY impressive.I probably have a photo of this, but Homero should not get excited and expect to see it anytime soon. That must have been a hell of a rain event up stream for sure!
Agreed on it being a drug runner. The horseshoe prints on the Willow Tank trail are also suspicious. And a third sign will appear in on Day 3 in the Carlota wash, stay tuned.The pack is by Elemental Horizons, called the Kalais, per ME's recommendation. Great pack for weighing only 2.5 lbs. Supposed to carry well up to 45 but haven't gotten it up there yet.
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