Big Bend’s Outer Mountain Loop - Day 1 (Nov 15).
🚶🏻♂️2.8mi ⛰6300’ ⬆️1038’ ⬇️137’ 🌡38-68F .
While a longer family trip to West Texas has proven elusive, a weekend backpacking opportunity came together. The internet brought together a group of 7 new friends from across the state with a common love for walking in the wilderness with just the essentials. The route would be Big Bend’s longest continuous trail route, known as the Outer Mountain Loop, traversing an alpine wonderland and expansive and rugged desert. .
After an 8 hour drive, we found each other, secured our permit and cached water for our driest section of trail. It was a late start, but afforded a beautiful sunset view of the Chisos basin as we climbed into the mountains. The temp plunged into the 30’s as we set camp and ate our dinners quickly before crawling into the warmth of our quilts. I traded my tent for the shelter of a cosmos full of more stars than I’ve ever seen. .
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