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by MojaveGeek
Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: RIP Death Valley pay phones
Replies: 22
Views: 3003

Re: RIP Death Valley pay phones

I'm happy not to have cell phone coverage in the park, though if I have it I will use it - check weather, good for emergency, etc. I certainly disagree about having coverage on the paved roads, at least for my carrier, T-mobile (which admittedly is generally weak in rural areas). For example from a ...
by MojaveGeek
Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: August 17-24: White-Whitney-10460 (and, oh yeah, Bald)
Replies: 25
Views: 859

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

Part of my training for these trips was to really amp up my biking - mostly speed. Makes me really work hard and pant which I figure is good prep for altitude where you tend to pant a lot no matter what you do :) I have a watch with a heart rate monitor and I'd get it up into the red a bunch. I thin...
by MojaveGeek
Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: August 17-24: White-Whitney-10460 (and, oh yeah, Bald)
Replies: 25
Views: 859

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

Of course you can cite it! I don't want people getting sick! Yes, I see, you got one lower night in there, that's not bad. As for how far to go down... once you are sick, I dunno about the magic of 8K. Part of my problem was that although I thought of myself as "down off the mountain", in fact sleep...
by MojaveGeek
Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: August 17-24: White-Whitney-10460 (and, oh yeah, Bald)
Replies: 25
Views: 859

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

Ah that's interesting, I was going to ask if you knew about the "slope angle shading" :) I was using it a lot this summer figuring out cross country routes in Colorado. I have wondered who took the time to build that rock wall out there. Thanks for the pix. When I was last on Bald, years ago, i came...
by MojaveGeek
Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: August 17-24: White-Whitney-10460 (and, oh yeah, Bald)
Replies: 25
Views: 859

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

Wow I only just saw this because I was out doing my own hiking. Really excellent TR, very much appreciated. Never done Whitney, perhaps never will (a bit crowded for my taste, and long!) but the description is really good, much enjoyed it! So you finally went up Bald. Interesting that you found it h...
by MojaveGeek
Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Upcoming Trips
Topic: August 17-24: White-Whitney-10460
Replies: 11
Views: 687

Re: August 17-24: White-Whitney-10460

Elbert is pretty busy; I think "high point" attracts lots of people who don't hike that much. But you've obviously gotta be in halfway decent shape to summit - it's 4700 ft up from the trailhead and the air is thin. I am a slow but steady plodder who rarely stops, and people kept passing me, but eve...
by MojaveGeek
Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Upcoming Trips
Topic: August 17-24: White-Whitney-10460
Replies: 11
Views: 687

Re: August 17-24: White-Whitney-10460

I saw a load of marmots in Colorado, where I was for the last two weeks :)

Did you summit Whitney? Probably. Lucky you! Looking forward to a TR. I got to the Colorado high point, Mt. Elbert at 14.4K.
by MojaveGeek
Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: A jet crashes in the DV area, several onlookers injured
Replies: 46
Views: 2663

Re: A jet crashes in the DV area, several onlookers injured

Clever move, to call PSR. From that Fox report, it sounds like debris, at least, flew up on over the canyon rim into the viewing area. Wow. Someone must have gotten photos. Glad there were no more injuries. Now let's see if the parking area gets closed off - would be reasonably hard to enforce as th...
by MojaveGeek
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: May 10-20, 2019: Ballarat -> Butte Valley -> Panamint Pass loop, plus day hikes
Replies: 53
Views: 5162

Re: May 10-20, 2019: Ballarat -> Butte Valley -> Panamint Pass loop, plus day hikes

Fun! Looks steep down into the pass. The time I traversed the Sentinel ridge I was postholing in thigh deep snow, which surprised me quite a bit and certainly slowed me down, resulting in getting off the peak well after dark.
by MojaveGeek
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Request: Next person to Panamint City.....
Replies: 4
Views: 682

Re: Request: Next person to Panamint City.....

Wow, I'm impressed you got this info so quickly!
by MojaveGeek
Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Cyty's, Sidewinder and the Crack
Replies: 2
Views: 306

Re: Cyty's, Sidewinder and the Crack

Thanks for posting. Nice pix! The guy with the piano.. would have weirded me out :)

Reminds me that I never posted a TR from my trip this spring. Been busy just now, between mountain trips to Montana and Colorado.
by MojaveGeek
Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: May 10-20, 2019: Ballarat -> Butte Valley -> Panamint Pass loop, plus day hikes
Replies: 53
Views: 5162

Re: May 10-20, 2019: Ballarat -> Butte Valley -> Panamint Pass loop, plus day hikes

Nice pix. Been up there a couple of times. The views there, and along the ridge to Sentinel, are just amazing.