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Gerri Short Sep 30, 2015 at 10:24 PM

Will be flying from Chicago to Midland or San Antonio for the Dec 13-18 hike. Anyone want to share a rental car and expense.

Susan Armstrong Sep 30, 2015 at 12:42 PM

I will be driving from Las Cruces, NM with one other person. We will leave a day early and stay a day late to visit the Fort Davis, Alpine, Marfa areas. We will be doing the Big Bend hiking trip from Nov 29 - Dec 4. We could fit one more person, if you need a lift.

mary ann bernard Sep 28, 2015 at 04:12 PM

I will have a rental car out of Alpine TX w/one or possibly two other friends Jan 30-Feb 6 and can accommodate others arriving by Amtrak for the 1/31 hike if you are willing to go to Carlsbad Caverns and stay an extra night either in Big Bend or near there afterwards, and of course split car expenses. (The trains don't run every day so there is no choice about the extra day.) FYI Amtrak is a cheap, fun and easy way to go Big Bend from LA or New Orleans or in between though the days the SW Chief runs don't work out precisely.

Richard Crescitelli Sep 02, 2015 at 01:15 PM

I am booked on the Nov 8-13, 2015 trip and I have a rental car from El Paso. I can take one or two riders if you want to share the car rental and gas expenses.

Paula Swanson Aug 25, 2015 at 09:41 AM

We are attending the trip on Nov 8...the pack list "strongly recommends" hiking poles. On our last hiking trip to a different place with RS the poles were provided by our guides...does anyone know if this is pretty standard or do we really need to bring our own? Don't want to buy if we don't have to.
Mike & Marian Appel Aug 25, 2015 at 04:59 PM

Mike & Marian Appel Aug 25, 2015 at 05:01 PM

Took this trip in Feb of this year. We brought our own poles, but could have gone without them. If I remember there were a few poles available, but the trails are not overly aggresive, and if your knees are in pretty good shape you probably don't need them, but they are helpful if you have any knee problems.

Cindy Jennings Jul 04, 2015 at 09:09 AM

My husband and I are enrolled in this trip beginning November 1st. I'm interested in feedback from past participants re: meals (set menu or buffet?) structure of daily hikes and free time. Many thanks, Lucinda
Cindy Jennings Jul 04, 2015 at 12:06 PM

Now I see that not every group in the past stayed at the Chiso Mountain Lodge, that is where our group is staying.

Charlene DAvanzo Jan 12, 2015 at 02:15 PM

I'll pay half the car rental if I can ride with someone to/from Midland on the Feb. 8 trip. Charlene
Gerri Short Oct 02, 2015 at 09:41 AM

I am interested in doing the Feb 8 to Big Ben. Would fly out of Southwest from Chicago. But the flights don't get in to Midland until 4pm. It is a 4 to 5 hour drive of 240 miles. Would not get to Terlingua till 10 that night. I would have to stay the night in Midland on Feb 7. Where are you flying out of? Gerri

Mike & Marian Appel Dec 28, 2014 at 10:22 AM

My wife & I are attending the Feb 15 trip. driving down from Midland on Feb 15 if someone would need a ride, we should have an extra space or two.

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