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Petulance, lassitude, and fatigue
I posted this trip report on my site detailing my hike in Big Bend in January 2012. Long overdue, but better late than never:
Nice report -- and great cave pics in Blue Creek!Glad you both survived.It wasn't too long into your report before the similarities to A Walk in the Woods cropped up. Everybody's got their own hiking style, but I think that excessive pack weights (60lbs!), combined with a constant state of minor-dehydration probably contributed to Dan's outlook on things.Next time out, or for any inexperienced hiker doing the OML, I would suggest finding 15-20 lbs of stuff not to take. Also, I saw in the pics that on portions of the Dodson, it looked like Dan was packing his trekkiing poles, but not using them. Was he hiking in jeans? Anyway, a lot of black clothing, and maybe excessive layers, might have contributed to the fatigue as well.I would definitely allocate 4+ litres a day, rather than three. Petulance, lassitude, and fatigue are pretty reliable symptoms of dehydration. I've allowed myself to slip into this state a few times in hiking in BiBe, and everything seems twice as difficult when you're dehydrated. I would also have utilized the water in Boot Canyon to lighten the loads, and, although I know it wasn't really a viable option in your case, I would try to cache water at the east Dodson trail head as well as at Homer Ranch.Still -- you're both alive! And it looks like (in general), a good time was had by all...
QuotePetulance, lassitude, and fatigueUnwelcome traveling companions on more than one occasion indeed!Nice trip report and presentation. Are you $99 yearly subscriber or a $299 'forever' subscriber to Graphpaperpress?
MM -- I see you've been to Dolly Sods too. Nice hike with your Dad...It's a great place: http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/non-bibe-trip-reports/dolly-sods-roaring-plains-wilderness/msg81339/#msg81339
It is refreshing to read trail report from a first timer. It makes me excited about the soon to come change in the weather and the hiking season to follow. Congrates on a monster Big Bend hike. Next time I'm in the car driving to a Big Bend I will remind myself of your 1700+ mile one way trip and quit complaining.
Great report MetalMan! As you can imagine there have been quite a few OML photos posted over the years on this board. However, amongst some great photos...this one really stands out in it's uniqueness. I don't think I've seen any other OML photo that looks so un-Big Bend like. Very well done and I'm glad you walked over there to explore.
That shot reminded me of this one from another part of the park...
Awesome job MM, never too late to give us a trip report, just look at Buck he is just now giving us reports from the '90's
There are a number of caves in this area of Blue Creek. We've only checked out the one, but here is a photo of another good sized adit we'd like to check out sometime...perhaps later than our trip planned in October:Another Blue Creek Cave April 2011 by Superhomer670, on FlickrCould the Spanish gold be hidden in these caves?I really dig the Blue Creek trail; I think it is an oft-overlooked gem. I love the Red Rocks portion of the hike; I especially like what I call "The Old Maiden":"The Old Maiden" April 2011 by Superhomer670, on FlickrI don't think this formation is formally called the Old Maiden, it's just what it looks like to me. Here are more shots of the Red Rocks formations:1104120134 by SuperHomer67, on FlickrAlfred Hitchcock! I see it!Alfred Hitchcock! April 2011 by Superhomer670, on Flickr
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