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by netllama
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: RIP Death Valley pay phones
Replies: 22
Views: 3003

Re: RIP Death Valley pay phones

Typically, phone companies pull their pay phones when there isn't enough usage to justify the expense of keeping and maintaining them. But in a place like Death Valley where cell coverage is unreliable, and we tell people it is unreliable, and folks sometimes get into life-threatening trouble, I th...
by netllama
Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: August 17-24: White-Whitney-10460 (and, oh yeah, Bald)
Replies: 25
Views: 860

Re: August 17-24: White-Whitney-10460 (and, oh yeah, Bald)

Thanks for the detailed, lovely trip report. Congrats on some truly spectacular hiking accomplishments!
by netllama
Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Photography Forum
Topic: 3 Stans in 3 weeks
Replies: 1
Views: 553

3 Stans in 3 weeks

Continuing my periodic, ongoing series of trips to the world 's deserts , I've recently returned from spending 3 weeks in central Asia. Specifically, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan & Kazakhstan. Don't feel bad if you have no clue where these countries are on a map. I couldn't find them either until recently...
by netllama
Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: RIP Death Valley pay phones
Replies: 22
Views: 3003

Re: RIP Death Valley pay phones

Boooooooo. Keep the payphones. Even though SPW and FCR have pretty good cell service now, it isn't full-proof. As Mojave Geek stated, those 4-5 minutes you got were perfect for checking in with people and letting them know you were alive. I did it many times. Keeping the pay phones cost money. The ...
by netllama
Fri May 17, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Death Valley Environment
Topic: Saline Valley Warm Springs Management Plan
Replies: 2
Views: 976

Re: Saline Valley Warm Springs Management Plan

Death Valley Dazed wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 1:41 pm

I am not clear what they mean by the "vehicle support facility". I've been out there twice and the only permanent type structure beside the NPS latrine is a smaller trailer/mobile home where the volunteer docent lives. I can't remember his name.
Lizard Lee
by netllama
Fri May 10, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Death Valley Environment
Topic: Lithium mining at the edge of Death Valley
Replies: 11
Views: 2347

Re: Lithium mining at the edge of Death Valley

Can anyone point me towards a map of where in Panamint Valley they're looking to do this? There's a map in this PDF: https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/projects/nepa/120541/168871/205522/Appendix_C_Biological_Assessment_Panamint_508.pdf Seems to be the east side of the valley, which I thoug...
by netllama
Wed May 08, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Death Valley Environment
Topic: Lithium mining at the edge of Death Valley
Replies: 11
Views: 2347

Re: Lithium mining at the edge of Death Valley

Thanks jacknv7. Seems like if this project is approved, PV is going to be dramatically changed. Lithium mining often requires a lot of digging, and then creating vast evaporation pools to capture the lithium.
by netllama
Wed May 08, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Death Valley Environment
Topic: Lithium mining at the edge of Death Valley
Replies: 11
Views: 2347

Lithium mining at the edge of Death Valley

Apparently an Australian mining company wants to mine for lithium in Panamint Valley:
https://www.latimes.com/local/californi ... story.html
by netllama
Wed May 01, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: March 2019 trip
Replies: 9
Views: 1193

Re: March 2019 trip

Thanks for sharing some fantastic photos. That old wagon is quite the find (did you know it was there before you saw it?)! I envy your travels. 30 years of visiting DV, plus all the other amazing places you've been. Sadly, I haven't had time to get back to Death Valley since late 2016, and its unlik...
by netllama
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thirteen days in the Sahara
Replies: 10
Views: 2465

Re: Thirteen days in the Sahara

Wow. That's impressive. That was a different world back in 1972. How long were you in Africa for that trip? Oh I missed this question, too busy with the holidays! Actually I was in Africa about 8 months. I traveled Morroco (entered via Ceuta, Spain) - Algeria - Nigeria - Kenya. All by land, most bu...
by netllama
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Badwater to Dantes Peak and back March 26th
Replies: 13
Views: 1693

Re: Badwater to Dantes Peak and back March 26th

Rockhopper wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:34 pm
Great to do hard stuff sometimes.
Indeed. More people need that attitude.
by netllama
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Badwater to Dantes Peak and back March 26th
Replies: 13
Views: 1693

Re: Badwater to Dantes Peak and back March 26th

Wow, that's quite the accomplishment. Congrats!
by netllama
Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: March 2019 trip
Replies: 16
Views: 1998

Re: March 2019 trip

Thanks for sharing some fantastic photos!
by netllama
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Upcoming Trips
Topic: trip in March
Replies: 10
Views: 2204

Re: trip in March

Darwin Falls' upper reaches are extremely treacherous. Unless you are an expert talus/scree/exposure champion with no fear, it's a no-go. I made it about half-way once before chickening out. Be very careful if you do go. I completely disagree. Not that I wish to be disagreeable, but I don't like ex...
by netllama
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Park Closure
Replies: 32
Views: 5862

Re: Park Closure

The dirt roads can be closed because they belong to the Park Service. The paved roads cannot be closed because they are state roads. They were not closed during any of the previous shutdowns. Does anybody really think that current government of California will close state roads? Aren't even some of...