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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging (Variable by Program Date)
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Joyce Stewart Sep 13, 2014 at 09:27 PM

I am enrolled in the 11/9 program and am flying into Midland on 11/8 , and driving to Big Bend on 11/9. I would be happy to give some one o 2 people a ride. Contact me at 650-245-8756.

Susan Rossman Aug 13, 2014 at 07:14 AM

Thanks for the layering information--I am the queen of layers to the consternation of others!!

Susan Rossman Aug 12, 2014 at 06:32 PM

Is anyone enrolled in the January 11, 2015 Big Bend trip? I am looking for other participants with whom to drive from El Paso.
John Moyer Aug 13, 2014 at 06:56 AM

Susan, Been there, done that. Take layers, it's cool in the morning, January highs in the low to mid 70's, Far Flung is a great site, great folks. Terrific choice.

Teddy Wright Jul 26, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Thinking of signing up for Nov 2 program. Has anyone hiked Big Bend at that time of year? How warm will it be?
Jonathan Kiell Jul 26, 2014 at 10:56 AM

I did the trip in early December a few years ago and enjoyed it very much. Weather varies a good deal, but we were swimming in the river during the day (photo). Hiking during the day was pretty warm - a shade hat is a good idea. It got cool enough some evenings for a light jacket, but generally did not get cold. Enjoy!
Teddy Wright Jul 26, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Thanks so much!!
Dan Miller Aug 04, 2014 at 01:50 PM

I have signed up for the Nov 2 trip and am flying into Midland on Saturday. I'm getting there late in the day and am spending the night there and driving to Big Bend on Sunday. I'll be happy to take anybody else that needs a ride from Midland. Dan Miller 251-377-7045

Peter Gollon Feb 25, 2014 at 07:18 PM

Re Hueco Tanks.

The only way to see pictographs is on a ranger guided tour. Otherwise area closed.

Phone ahead to talk to park staff directly to find out when tours are given, sign up for one. There are different areas that tours visit under supervision; see what's available and ask in advance so a guide/ranger can be scheduled. Longer ones might be more interesting. And wear hiking boots.

Rick Davis Feb 25, 2014 at 10:38 AM

A big thank you to one and all who commented on my post ... your feedback has been very helpful ... if you think of anything else, don't hesitate to post your thoughts.
by-the-way, we are considering going into El Paso a day or two early ... if anyone has suggestions on where to stay or what to do please send along your comments
Helen Wenner Feb 25, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Don't miss Hueco Tanks, about a 20 mile drive from El Paso. The pictographs were phenomenal. and some of the most unusual I've ever seen. Google it. Carlsbad Caverns not far from El Paso either. And White Sands. Enroll soon for your RS trip as they fill fast. We almost didnt get in. Fabulous pictographs
Helen Wenner Feb 25, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Helen Wenner Feb 25, 2014 at 07:30 AM

Big Bend is a long way to go for just a 5-day hike (although well worth it!) Recommend staying longer before and/or after to take in more of the area: Fort Davis, BB Ranch State Park, Hueco Tanks (near El Paso).....
John Moyer Feb 25, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Loved the hiking, did nearly 40miles in 4days, the challenging pgm. Small group, 10 of us.

Peter Gollon Feb 25, 2014 at 06:50 AM

I found the wi-fi sometimes went off at night, but was restored in the morning. It wasn't fast. When it was off I was able to use my phone for email, but that too was slow. Of course, the whole point of the trip is to get away from all that!

I was on the Moderately challenging trip, and spent typically 30-45 min driving to or from trailheads.

I allowed myself a day's layover in El Paso on the way there, and was surprised at the number and quality of the museums there.
John Moyer Feb 25, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Wifi work well for me. Did the challenging pgm, terrific!

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