During our stay at Big Bend National Park, Texas Avid Outdoors as well as the rest of the campers in the Chisos Basin experienced a thermal inversion and ice fog. While fog is a relatively normal weather condition in Big Bend, ice fog, while common in Alaska is not a common sight in Big Bend.
We are about 8 weeks out from our Big Bend National Park Trip and have started preparing our grocery lists, required gear, vehicle maintenance as-well-as our exercise routine.
( http://www.backpacker.com/skills/fitness/train-smarter/ )
The longest planned hike will be about 10.5 miles to Emory Peak (round trip). This trail has a 2487 ft rise in elevation and is considered strenuous. Our trip to Caprock Canyons State Park had a 500 ft rise and with 60 lb backpacks that was pretty tough. Think of climbing the stairs of a 50 story building with a loaded backpack. Yep! That was fun.
( http://www.texasavidoutdoors.com/trips/caprock-canyons-tao-trip )
We've never been to Big Bend before, so we are naturally quite excited about this trip. The attached image shows our custom google map of the Chisos Mountains and surrounding areas (the actual size of this map is 4 ft by 7 ft and if you were at the Fall Expo, you probably saw it there). We are planning to do almost all of our backpacking in this section of the park.
If you've been to Big Bend before and have any tips or tricks, please comment below!
We are pretty conscientious about preparing for our trips. Here Nick displays how big our map of Big Bend is so that we can plan our trip. We are using Nick for scale. This will give us a good idea of topography and routes for planning our stay!
Who is TAO?
We are John, Ken, Dan, Frank, and Nick. A regular group of camping buddies who love to adventure in and around the great state of Texas.