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February 2&3 OML from Homer Wilson - Counter Clockwise

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Offline nuggetf5

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Re: February 2&3 OML from Homer Wilson - Counter Clockwise
« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2018, 08:04:23 AM »
Great video. Got me out of 23 minutes of work.  :dance:
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Re: February 2&3 OML from Homer Wilson - Counter Clockwise
« Reply #16 on: February 09, 2018, 09:27:55 PM »
Great video, Wrangler. Just as I hoped, it's fascinating to see the OML through the eye of your camera. And, yep, Fresno is tricky to find for a first-timer if you're approaching from the west. The only thing I really mind about the counter-clockwise route is losing that big reveal when you finally top the last high rise before Carousel Mountain. That's always a breath-taking moment for me. Other than that, I think the counter-clockwise route has everything going for it.

I'd love to hear more about the Gatewood Cape. Did you use both your trekking poles to support it, or just one? How quickly did it go up? Did it offer plenty of room inside, or did it feel cramped while waiting out the rain? Was it completely waterproof?

And lastly, any chance you could tell us a little about that tattoo on your right forearm? Looks interesting.

The Gatewood Cape did great on this trip. It's big enough to sit up under. If you don't use the net, there is a lot more room. But I like the net. The only thing is you have to do sometimes is move some stakes around when setting it up. Which kind of sucks in a place that's hard to drive in stakes. But didn't take too long. The first night when it was raining was harder because I kept hitting rock every time I tried to put them in. Stayed perfectly dry. It uses one like to set up. You can use the second pole on the outside if it's real windy.

I like the Gatewood Cape. That being said, I will probably sell it in the next couple months and just use my Zpacks Duplex. I just like the feel of a tent more. The duplex is 2 person with more headroom for the same weight. I just have to carry a rain jacket.

My tattoo is just trees and mountains. I'm going to keep going up my arm with outdoor related things over the next few years.

I was paranoid about missing my only water for the day at Fresno. I should have read more before I started the trip. But now I know for sure. I didn't put near as much planning in this trip as I normally do. But it still worked out awesome.

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Re: February 2&3 OML from Homer Wilson - Counter Clockwise
« Reply #17 on: February 11, 2018, 03:35:15 AM »


This is the second and final part of my OML trip for anyone interested. Starts on the eastern Dodson, goes up Juniper Canyon, find Upper Juniper Spring, visit the South Rim, and then camp amongst the red rocks on the lower portion of the Blue Creek trail.

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Re: February 2&3 OML from Homer Wilson - Counter Clockwise
« Reply #18 on: February 11, 2018, 08:04:44 AM »
Nice job and that video of how to find Upper Juniper spring is really terrific.  Thanks again and for the shout out to BBC!
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Re: February 2&3 OML from Homer Wilson - Counter Clockwise
« Reply #19 on: February 11, 2018, 08:20:23 AM »
Great video!  You have definitely whetted my appetite for the OML.  I really like that shot at around 4:30 of the prairie grasses w/ Crown (I guess) in the background.  The colors along Juniper are amazing.

As Mule Ears pointed out, the video of the side tour to Upper Juniper Springs was great.  I don't believe anyone has ever posted that before. 

I, too, have often wondered why the Devil gets all the credit for natural features the Good Lord created.

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Re: February 2&3 OML from Homer Wilson - Counter Clockwise
« Reply #20 on: February 11, 2018, 04:38:30 PM »
wrangler88, enjoyed both your OML videos very much. I can tell you put a lot of thought and effort into the shooting and editing.  I'm currently planning a similar trek with my 19 year old son over spring break. Hopefully this 60yo will be able to catch up every so often.

Something caught my attention at 16:04 in the video. Having yet to hike the Blue Creek Trail, I am not sure I recall hearing mention of the pipe you saw. The sequence with the pipe follows immediately after the scene showing of the "rock wall" off to the right. That deep ravine below the wall contains the location of Wilson Spring, which is also located way below the LM4 and BL1 campsites. I'd be curious to find the upper end of that pipe along the trail to see if it was in fact below Wilson Spring. It would be fun to figure out where Homer Wilson was piping that water, possibly to a location with a stock tank perhaps where they parked vehicles before switching to saddle stock to venture into the mountains.

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Re: February 2&3 OML from Homer Wilson - Counter Clockwise
« Reply #21 on: February 11, 2018, 06:19:46 PM »

Something caught my attention at 16:04 in the video. Having yet to hike the Blue Creek Trail, I am not sure I recall hearing mention of the pipe you saw. The sequence with the pipe follows immediately after the scene showing of the "rock wall" off to the right. That deep ravine below the wall contains the location of Wilson Spring, which is also located way below the LM4 and BL1 campsites. I'd be curious to find the upper end of that pipe along the trail to see if it was in fact below Wilson Spring. It would be fun to figure out where Homer Wilson was piping that water, possibly to a location with a stock tank perhaps where they parked vehicles before switching to saddle stock to venture into the mountains.

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I'm not sure exactly what the pipe was. It went on for quite a ways. But I didn't see it until halfway down the canyon. I'm sure there are a few here that know and could share exactly what it is.

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Re: February 2&3 OML from Homer Wilson - Counter Clockwise
« Reply #22 on: February 11, 2018, 07:04:29 PM »
Very nice report and video. My girlfriend and I will be in Big Bend for 7 days starting on February 24, this is her first time there. We are planning to do the OML and a bunch of day hikes.

Your vidoes make me very eager to go, I can't wait.

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Re: February 2&3 OML from Homer Wilson - Counter Clockwise
« Reply #23 on: February 11, 2018, 07:35:58 PM »

Something caught my attention at 16:04 in the video. Having yet to hike the Blue Creek Trail, I am not sure I recall hearing mention of the pipe you saw. The sequence with the pipe follows immediately after the scene showing of the "rock wall" off to the right. That deep ravine below the wall contains the location of Wilson Spring, which is also located way below the LM4 and BL1 campsites. I'd be curious to find the upper end of that pipe along the trail to see if it was in fact below Wilson Spring. It would be fun to figure out where Homer Wilson was piping that water, possibly to a location with a stock tank perhaps where they parked vehicles before switching to saddle stock to venture into the mountains.

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I'm not sure exactly what the pipe was. It went on for quite a ways. But I didn't see it until halfway down the canyon. I'm sure there are a few here that know and could share exactly what it is.

Flash and Wrangler....I have several pictures of that series of pipe, if I can ever find them again. It was originally one long unit that I believe was used to pipe water from the spring (Wilson?) at the top of Blue Creek Canyon down to areas lower in the canyon,  perhaps even down to the area around the ranch house. But I don't actually know how far down it originally extended. It disappears a ways above Cedar Spring.

Edit: Flash, I have almost, but not quite, made it to that spring you're talking about. I didn't know or had forgotten it was called Wilson (of Homer fame) Spring.
« Last Edit: February 11, 2018, 07:41:08 PM by House Made of Dawn »
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