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by MojaveGeek
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Western Places
Topic: Reports from Colorado/Utah/Nevada, July 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 449

Re: Reports from Colorado/Utah/Nevada, July 2017

This looks like a fun and varied trip. Somehow I missed this post, I guess because I was off hiking south of Tucson for a couple of weeks around the time it got posted. Thanks for posting, you always have good ideas for places to go!
by MojaveGeek
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Snow on Telescope Peak
Replies: 22
Views: 755

Re: Snow on Telescope Peak

I note the ice axe on your pack in the banner pic on FB :)

I take a lot of pix too, and it's sometimes really useful to go back and refer to them for conditions and route planning some other time in the future.
by MojaveGeek
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Park Closure
Replies: 32
Views: 1198

Re: Park Closure

Joshua Tree is closing completely tomorrow. Now it is used a lot more than Death Valley. We were there this time last year and figured you could compare visitation by the number of vault toilets at each park - many more in Joshua Tree. The park was open despite that government shutdown, and indeed w...
by MojaveGeek
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Water Source info?
Replies: 7
Views: 370

Re: Water Source info?

The lower spring that I mentioned is the one by the old mining ruins and structure that Steve shows in that TR It looked pretty overgrown in there, but I don't know if it is worse than it was in 95 and 96 time frame when I went up. Yes I went up a second time - it was not really horrible as Steve de...
by MojaveGeek
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Snow on Telescope Peak
Replies: 22
Views: 755

Re: Snow on Telescope Peak

A couple of comments. First, as I've been told (have not been up there myself with a lot of snow) the issue with the trail route to the summit is a cornice at the top. A cornice is a snow cliff overhang, often with a bit of hollow at the bottom. This is very difficult to ascend (and if you stand on ...
by MojaveGeek
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Water Source info?
Replies: 7
Views: 370

Re: Water Source info?

I haven't been up Happy in 20 years, but on two trips, both those springs were quite impressive sources of water. The lower one had a flowing stream. The upper one had a lot of vegetation and plastic pipe bringing the water out to the Weston's cabin. That area burned some years ago, in a fire origin...
by MojaveGeek
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Snow on Telescope Peak
Replies: 22
Views: 755

Re: Snow on Telescope Peak

The snow depth is so variable from year to year. It's really a question of what happens with the Pacific weather systems, El Nino (though the last one was a bust) and the overall California drought situation. Two years ago I was up there in March and simply no snow. It was also really really hot dow...
by MojaveGeek
Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Racetrack Roast
Replies: 14
Views: 548

Re: Racetrack Roast

Indeed, my friend had been hiking north to south, and said he got to one point where he made a leap of faith and went down some rocks he thought he might not be able to ascend if he got cliffed out below. Nice that you have a pic of it, very good for route planning! If you need a Plan B, consider go...
by MojaveGeek
Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Racetrack Roast
Replies: 14
Views: 548

Re: Racetrack Roast

Interestingly enough, looking at the sat images it looks like a clean ridge run, except for some weird and steep stuff at around the 8800 foot level (which seems to be mis-labeled as 7000 on the standard topo). If you have a stove and there's snow up there, which is likely... you win the water lotte...
by MojaveGeek
Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Camping in Panamint Valley/along Wildrose Road January 2nd?
Replies: 6
Views: 240

Re: Camping in Panamint Valley/along Wildrose Road January 2nd?

You probably know this already but you can make a nice loop over Rogers Peak. Of course you can take the Telescope Peak trail and hop up Rogers at Arcane Meadows, and then down the access road. But from Rogers it is nicer to just head down the ridge to the east. Halfway down you'll hit the road at a...
by MojaveGeek
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Racetrack Roast
Replies: 14
Views: 548

Re: Racetrack Roast

Wow that would be a pretty stunning ridge walk!!! The pieces I've done were all fine (Porter - Sentinel, point 10460 - Wildrose, and up on the Bald ridge) have all been fine for travel. There was a cute little dry camp shelter right on the ridge line somewhere on the north side of 10460 if you need....
by MojaveGeek
Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Racetrack Roast
Replies: 14
Views: 548

Re: Racetrack Roast

Where are you thinking of going? May is getting pretty hot unless you're pretty high, but you know that.
by MojaveGeek
Wed Dec 26, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Conversation with Jane Lakeman - DV Curator
Replies: 7
Views: 485

Re: Conversation with Jane Lakeman - DV Curator

Yes, as Candace says, standard protocol for law enforcement rangers I'm sure. Frankly if someone is going to carry a gun, I'd rather they had good aim than not. And when I was up there, it was all hand guns that I heard going off.
by MojaveGeek
Wed Dec 26, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Racetrack Roast
Replies: 14
Views: 548

Re: Racetrack Roast

You've got too much DV on your mind :)

Hope the roast was good though!

Looking forward to my next trip in a few months; have to start to think about where to go now!
by MojaveGeek
Mon Dec 24, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Conversation with Jane Lakeman - DV Curator
Replies: 7
Views: 485

Re: Conversation with Jane Lakeman - DV Curator

Years ago I walked in the road from Cow Creek and hung out at the Nevares cabin for a while. I'd read (in Diconett) that you had to walk in from 190, but when I mentioned that at the VC the ranger behind the desk said we could park at that upper gate on the Cow Creek road if they were not using the ...