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I recently went to Big Bend National park for an extended mountain bike and backpacking trip and it was a fiasco.
My plan failed in the first 30 min of our adventure. We were going to be mountain bike touring on the jeep roads of Big Bend; hauling all of our water, gear and food for a 10 day trip. Once on the ground my companion had difficulty carrying their weight over the terrain and I assumed a larger load on my rig almost causing a catastrophic failure to my bicycle within the first 1/4 mile( I had a 50 pd backpack and 160pd (75pds overloaded) singletrack BOB trailer after the redistribution of gear). Luckily I have rode single track for years and saved the bike and gear. A 4x4 turck accompained us and brought us the 1000 miles of driving to the park. I evac-ed for the truck once I realized my companion and myself were too deep in and completed out intended loop via truck instead of bikes.
On the backpacking portion of the trip I busted my pack straps 5 miles in due to carrying too much water weight (Chihuahuan Desert). After repairing the pack my companion experienced altitude sickness at only 5500 feet causing me to call off the climb of Emory Peak (7000'+) via Juniper Canyon. The next morning on the desert floor, along the Dodson Trail, my ISO/Butane compressed gas stove malfunctioned while cooking breakfast. The canister was expelling gas even when off. Rather than risk burning the national park to the ground I let it run its course and waited a whole 2 hrs, patiently waiting for the canister to empty.
I called the trip off that afternoon and drove out for the National Park Lodge and a nice 3 course meal. That's the short version...
I did get some nice time lapse courtesy of the GoPro2 and from the video you would never know the adversity I endured.
I hope you enjoy the video.