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WalkingMan's South Rim adventure

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Offline walkingman06

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WalkingMan's South Rim adventure
« on: December 18, 2009, 11:33:10 PM »
I made my annual trek to Big Bend last week, leaving Tulsa on Thursday afternoon and arriving at Panther Junction a little after 8 am. I went through the process of getting my permits and doing the solo hiker protection drill and was at the Pinnacles Trailhead by 9am. I reserved SE2 for Friday night and planned to camp in the Upper Smoky Creek zone on Saturday.

The hike from the Basin was tough as usual, but it was a bright, clear morning, temps in the 40's. I love the Pinnacles especially before sunup. Here's why!



Here's a shot of Casa Grande



I never seem to get tired of these views.

The madrone were lovely as well



The hike was taxing my poor out of shape body, but eventually I arrived at Pinnacles Pass and the Emory Peak Trailhead. One of the main reasons that I prefer the Pinnacles over Laguna Meadows Trail is the sudden arrival of Boot Canyon. It was nearly 11:30 and this was the view:

 



I took a packoff break for lunch and enjoyed the 60 degree temperature. I was doing well on water, although I was carrying nearly 7 liters. After lunch it was back on the trail up Boot Canyon to the Rim.

I was surprised to find plentiful water in pools all the way up the canyon. Some were even trickling, I assume from Boot Spring?








I made it to the Rim around 1:30 pm again to the sudden surprise of the view.



It was very hazy to the south, but I took a lot of pictures anyway.



I left the south Rim for SE2 and found that there was a considerable climb from SE 1. I found myself wishing I had chosen to stay lower, but got to the site and found some tremendous views about 200 feet away.

I hung out on the Rim for some time resting and reading. It was a great feeling to have 70 degree weather and to be all alone in the sun.

As the sun began to set I took several pictures:







Now it was time to rest, since it was dark by 6:30 and I got a good 10 hours of sleep, only occasionally disrupted by the deer walking past the tent.

More later...
« Last Edit: November 02, 2010, 09:10:48 PM by RichardM »
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Offline guc126

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Re: WalkingMan's South Rim adventure
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2009, 06:47:49 AM »
Your report was a great way to start the morning at work. You know what? work can wait.

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Re: WalkingMan's South Rim adventure
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2009, 07:25:55 AM »
Nice trip report and pictures.

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Re: WalkingMan's South Rim adventure
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2009, 10:54:27 AM »
Love the pics, nice trip report. I just left there last week and there was still a bit of snow on the laguna meadow trail and the shaded parts of the mountains. Did it all melt away?
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Re: WalkingMan's South Rim adventure
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2009, 11:04:30 AM »
Thanks African:

I was there on the 11 & 12th.  All snow was gone, temps were in the 40's to 70's, but there was significant water in Boot Canyon.  I'll bet that the strong winds helped you to have less haze from the Rim!  Thanks for sharing your pics, it is a great place to hike!
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Re: WalkingMan's South Rim adventure
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2009, 11:13:31 AM »
Man I miss the Bend, all the photos make me miss it even more.
Visiting BB since 1966, nothing like being lost and finding heaven.

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Re: WalkingMan's South Rim adventure
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2009, 11:30:32 AM »
I'm certainly envious
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Re: WalkingMan's South Rim adventure
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2009, 11:53:56 AM »
I'm going to echo guc126 here and thank you for giving me something great to pass the time at work this morning walkingman.  In two weeks from today I'll be up on the Rim myself and great reports and photos like these help keep my anticipation at bay.  I'll work as many Saturdays as I have to in order to have the next two off-your report is greatly appreciated here though!

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Re: WalkingMan's South Rim adventure
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2009, 02:16:40 PM »
I woke at 6:30 on Saturday and spent some time on the Rim watching the fingernail of a moon fade before the brillance of the sunrise.  It was in the mid-40's, just great hiking weather.  I don't have the camera, or the skill to capture the night-time beauty of the sky at Big Bend.  I too hope to learn more from the experts here at BBC.

The hike down was grand.  Here is a view of Emory Peak from the South Rim



On down the trail through Boot Canyon there was more water and other amazing sights







Here's one in black & white




I made it down to the Basin without too much trouble, other than being extremely tired.  My 55 plus years are showing (as well as the extra weight this year)

I stopped off at the Ranger Station and changed my plan from Upper Smoky Creek to Pine Canyon 4 to car camp.  I physically didn't want to hike 5 more miles today. Also, I've never been to the east side of the Park.

Glen Springs Road was not bad, and really Pine Canyon wasn't either if one kept the speed under 10 mph.

Some shots from PC4



Sunrise Sunday morning 12-13-09







I drove all the way to Rio Grande Village.  The cottonwoods were brilliant yellow and the Sierra del Carmen cliffs were impressive



Here is the east view of the Chisos



and one of Nugent Mountain with the South Rim in the upper left



Here's another



I drove around to the west side and started down Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, when I got the urge to get out and get some shots of the Window from the west side.  I also surprised a javelina having lunch by the side of the road



Forgive my experimentation





Here are some final shots of Casa Grande through the Window.





It was a great 3 days.  Thanks for reading.

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Say, who is this walking man?
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Re: WalkingMan's South Rim adventure
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2009, 02:22:30 PM »
Very nice!  Keep the pictures coming.  I want to be there so bad I can taste it.

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Re: WalkingMan's South Rim adventure
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2009, 02:34:56 PM »
Moving in silent desperation
Keeping an eye on the holy land
A hypothetical destination
Say, who is this walking man?
James Taylor
Posted from Tulsa, OK

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Offline whickums

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Re: WalkingMan's South Rim adventure
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2009, 02:35:24 PM »
I love love love PC4 campsite.

Made my first trip on the South Rim and Emory Peak in October and can't wait to go back.

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Re: WalkingMan's South Rim adventure
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2009, 04:31:10 PM »
Thanks for the report.  It will be one long month before we are back in the park but your trip report keeps me going.

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Re: WalkingMan's South Rim adventure
« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2009, 04:53:03 PM »
Great job walkingman, I really liked the B&W of the Boot.
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Re: WalkingMan's South Rim adventure
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2009, 05:57:27 PM »
An excellent food for thought...now, i have to go back to work. Thanks for the escape valve..
Stay thirsty, my friends.

 


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