I been looking at the Wichita Mountains as a next expedition site, might do a three day tour there someday.
Whats your backyard look like? I have a Slash Pine Tree and one fence post in the backyard (I trust the tree more) and use it for short term testing and basic rigging setups, but testing gear out in the field is the best way to go. Prep, pack, use, evaluate, toss or modify, try again.
That goes for pretty much all you bring. If it works, keep it in your pack, if it don't, send it to me...