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ImpatientHiker
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12/13/2015
ImpatientHiker
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Hi everybody. I've enjoyed the great TR's on here recently and will post one myself from yesterday as soon as I can write it up. I ran a loop over Tabletop Mtn, tracks to trestle to Mortero Palms to Dos Cabezas Spring, and cross country back to my car at the NE corner of Tabletop Mtn. I had a great time with perfect weather and awesome views covering tough but freshly rained on terrain.
It was when I came across a large Bighorn carcass that my day changed. It didn't take long to realize that it was a very fresh kill with clumps of brush clawed up over it and slobber still wet on the bloody, pierced neck. This ram was as big as me and that cat was planning on coming back! I continuously stumbled and stubbed my toes for many miles through the boulders after that because I sure as hell wasn't looking at the ground anymore!
I'll do a write up soon and include the amazing pictures of this encounter.
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hikerdmb
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12/13/2015
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Wow.
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ziphius
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12/13/2015
ziphius
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How's the water flow at Dos Cabezas Spr? Looking forward to your photos, sounds very exciting.

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ImpatientHiker
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12/13/2015
ImpatientHiker
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Jim, the spring was a trickle the size of my finger. Same as the last couple times I've seen it, in summer & earlier. Plenty for me to filter the ~12 oz I needed. Some dummies were camping there with their tents right up in the bushes against the spring, had to step on a tent to get to water. Some people have no clue how truly special consistent water is in the desert. I'm usually quite comfortable being going solo, the moment I realized that the sheep (a professional cat-attack avoider) had recently been taken down was not one of them!
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ziphius
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12/13/2015
ziphius
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ImpatientHiker wrote:
Jim, the spring was a trickle the size of my finger. Same as the last couple times I've seen it, in summer & earlier. Plenty for me to filter the ~12 oz I needed. Some dummies were camping there with their tents right up in the bushes against the spring, had to step on a tent to get to water. Some people have no clue how truly special consistent water is in the desert. I'm usually quite comfortable being going solo, the moment I realized that the sheep (a professional cat-attack avoider) had recently been taken down was not one of them!


I'll admit to being creeped out during night hikes, but then I always remember that the drive to and from the trailhead is the most dangerous part of the day. smile

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dsefcik
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12/13/2015
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ImpatientHiker wrote:

It was when I came across a large Bighorn carcass that my day changed. It didn't take long to realize that it was a very fresh kill with clumps of brush clawed up over it and slobber still wet on the bloody, pierced neck

Emailed you about this...thanks.

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rockhopper
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12/13/2015
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Here kitty, kitty. I've seen a few cats in the wild but I'm sure they have seen me more. I've thrown rocks at "something moving slowly" in the bush a few times at nite. If the photos are what I think they are, I don't think a my 3" knife will be enough! Yikes! Look forward to your trip pics!
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12/15/2015
dsefcik
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Another great run IH and a great Ram find (well not so great for the ram). Any photos of the trip you can post would be cool.

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12/23/2015
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Yes please post some pictures. Sounds like an amazing encounter.

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sddarkman619
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12/25/2015
sddarkman619
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Impatient I guess!
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