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by Socalz
Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:28 pm
Forum: Desert Survival
Topic: Rattlesnake Bite - worse than I thought they could be
Replies: 19
Views: 33393

Candace, I believe that the problem with the Mojave is that it has a very different sort of venom, a neurotoxin. Initial reactions may be mild. Many hours (24??) you can get a sudden severe reaction. This is the snake I fear. Actually most Mojave Greens have two types of venom. Venom B is a hemotox...
by Socalz
Sun Sep 13, 2009 8:41 pm
Forum: Desert Survival
Topic: Rattlesnake Bite - worse than I thought they could be
Replies: 19
Views: 33393

Since this happened in at Bighorn Canyon N.R.A. in southern Montana it definitely wasn't a Mojave Green as they don't range further north than southern Nevada and southeastern California. My guess is a Western Rattlesnake which covers 5-6 different sub-species in that area. Whatever the species, it ...
by Socalz
Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:09 pm
Forum: Upcoming Trips
Topic: Suggestions on my itinerary?
Replies: 7
Views: 5773

I wouldn't recommend attempting DeDeckera Canyon solo in a stock Grand Cherokee, especially with two septuagenarians on board. I've run it solo in my Wrangler in mid September and didn't see anyone on the trail from Eureka Dunes to Saline Valley hot springs. If mechanical problems arose or if you we...
by Socalz
Tue Aug 25, 2009 4:23 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: New Death Valley Video- Living Death Valley
Replies: 15
Views: 8746

Wow, the trailer was awesome! Just ordered and looking forward to finding it in my mailbox.
by Socalz
Sun Aug 23, 2009 1:20 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Help me see some stars in DV
Replies: 20
Views: 9686

I've camped at Homestake Dry Camp at the south end of the Racetrack during a new moon and the night sky was phenomenal. When the constellation of Orion rose, I could easily see Orion's Nebula (M42) although at the time I didn't know what it was. I'd like to take my Meade 10" LX90 there sometime but ...
by Socalz
Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:03 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Titus Canyon - March 9, 2008
Replies: 15
Views: 11784

Thanks for posting the pics. You're right about not needing a 4X4 as I ran the canyon the day before you and passed by a couple at White Pass driving a Toyota Camry.
by Socalz
Sun Mar 02, 2008 3:46 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Road to White Top
Replies: 2
Views: 3704

I explored the area last Sept and noticed the graffiti inside the cabin also. I have no information about the cabin, but like yourself, I was also curious about the cabin's origin.

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by Socalz
Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:35 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: fresno to death valley
Replies: 11
Views: 5623

Don't bother taking spare gas in a can, it's not worth the hassle or risk. Fill up in Ridgecrest and top off the tank at Stovepipe Wells (95 miles) or at Furnace Creek (120 miles). I'd avoid filling up at Panamint Springs Resort as it's usually a dollar a gallon higher there than Stovepipe or Furnac...
by Socalz
Thu Dec 27, 2007 7:55 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Refurbished Lippincott Road sign
Replies: 9
Views: 8539

According to the dates on my pictures, I last traversed Lippincott on October 14, 2007 and the old signs were in place then. I prefered the older signs also.
by Socalz
Thu Oct 11, 2007 11:14 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Fossett in Death Valley?
Replies: 14
Views: 8312

greatbasinguide wrote:The radar track showed a plane "noodling along" Southeast of Hawthorne. My paranoid conspiracy side of my brain has him "noodling" onto the test range, getting shot down and the government is not saying a word.
Dons tinfoil hat.
by Socalz
Wed Jan 17, 2007 6:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Old Is the Grand Canyon? Park Service Won't Say
Replies: 15
Views: 9250

Follow-up

This is why I was looking for confirmation from a source other than PEER... Then why did PEER issue that statement in the first place? In my opinion, this is why: PEER is an anti-Bush, anti-religion liberal activist watchdog group in search of demons to exorcise and dragons to slay. On one level, th...
by Socalz
Mon Jan 01, 2007 7:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Old Is the Grand Canyon? Park Service Won't Say
Replies: 15
Views: 9250

Correction

It's been pointed out to me that the book in question is for sale at the Grand Canyon bookstore. On that point I stand corrected.

http://www.grandcanyonassociation.org/p ... 5fd496127d
by Socalz
Sun Dec 31, 2006 5:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Old Is the Grand Canyon? Park Service Won't Say
Replies: 15
Views: 9250

I'm just going to cut n paste my reply to this same article from another website. I'd like to see another source for this info from someone else besides PEER. "This subject has been discussed ad nauseam on other websites. If you go to http://www.grandcanyonassociation.org/ the official site of the G...
by Socalz
Sun Nov 26, 2006 10:28 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: A pre-Thanksgiving Death Valley trip
Replies: 4
Views: 5067

Nice pics there, thanks for taking the time to post them. Swansea and Cerro Gordo are definitely on my "to-do" list. Looks like you hit perfect weather too.
by Socalz
Sat Nov 18, 2006 9:24 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Swansea or Steel Pass
Replies: 5
Views: 5422

I haven't driven the Swansea Grade yet so I can't compare the two routes, but I did do the Eureka Dunes, Steel Pass, and Saline Valley route back on Oct. 20th. My wife and I started at Eureka Dunes and immediately ran into deep soft sand just South of the dunes. The Jeep was heavily loaded for a fou...