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Last year I went out to Canyonlands and fell in love with this park and I am planning a return trip out there this fall. I am planning on spending an entire week out in The Maze district. For those not familiar with the maze it is considered by many to be one of the least accessible places in the lower 48 and can only be reached by a mind numbing 3-5hr dirt road. Its 45 miles on a dirt road just to reach the ranger station! It also contains some of the most gnarly jeep roads in that area. I have a 2000 4WD Jeep wrangler with 2" lift and have some decent experience doing 4WD. What I am planning on doing is forgoing the jeep roads into the maze but backpack in, but this causes its own set of problems. Backpacking in means that I need to supply water for myself and my lady friend for 7 days in the desert canyons. = Logistical nightmare. This is my main problem: water.Oh and I have to carry it all, my lady friend hikes in about 50 pds of camera equipment and I carry everything else.
The rangers at canyonlands and a number of jeep outfitters that I have contacted have told me that generally the springs are reliable BUT ill be damed if I drive from New Orleans to BFE canyonlands 1600 miles away and then down a 3 hr dirt road only to spend 3-4 days because I don't have water. I have looked at a number of solutions but what I am looking at doing right now is dumping my internal frame UL pack that I normal use and picking up my old school Frame pack. I figure with the frame pack I can bring at least 4 days of water for the two of us. I hope that this is enough for us to get to the canyons of the maze, look for the water sources and be able to get back to the jeep if they are indeed dry.
any suggestions to my Logistical problems? I already thought about the"q drum" (google it) but the last thing I need a a 100+pd dead weight even loosely tethered to me in canyons of all places.