Matt Markworth wrote:Don,
Wow, you know me pretty well! I've been looking at terrain maps recently and have identified a couple dozen gulches/creeks/canyons/forks/etc that I think are accessible and hold promise. Some of them are just a couple miles from the trailhead, but many of them are many miles away and would require backpacking or mountain climbing for any realistic effort to get to them. I'm using Trimble Outdoors to draw up some routes.
I believe the training dates are 6/25 and 6/26 (someone correct me if I'm wrong), so the days around those dates should work for informal exploration. Maybe a day trip or two and a 2 - 3 day backpacking trip would work out around those dates.
I believe that the Durango Workshop is scheduled for the 26th and 27th (Friday and Saturday), unless they've changed of late...
From my recall of the successful recons you guys did last year, it seems like the deeply incised drainages/canyons with greater water catchment were good sites. Seems like a good bet for trees wanting to survive droughts...and to protect emergent crowns from ridgeline winds/weather extremes. Any sense of aspect (Southern exposure/solar incidence)?
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