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by bbb
Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: The Park may be getting bigger
Replies: 6
Views: 263

Re: The Park may be getting bigger

A couple of odds and ends in the bill: SEC. 604. MORMON PEAK MICROWAVE FACILITY - The designation of the Death Valley National Park Wilderness by section 601(a)(1) shall not preclude the operation and maintenance of the Mormon Peak Microwave Facility. I don't know anything about the Mormon Peak Micr...
by bbb
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Upcoming Trips
Topic: Water at Goldbelt Spring?
Replies: 0
Views: 20

Water at Goldbelt Spring?

I am likely headed to Death Valley for my annual winter backpack trek this week. One of the routes I am looking at is heading up Marble Canyon towards Goldbelt Spring. It looks like water can be hit or miss in Marble Canyon. Given the namesake of Goldbelt Spring which is slightly beyond Marble, I wa...
by bbb
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: The Park may be getting bigger
Replies: 6
Views: 263

The Park may be getting bigger

The U.S. Senate just passed the Natural Resources Management Act by a 92 to 8, largely bipartisan vote. It would grow several wilderness areas and make Death Valley larger. I don't know when the House plans to vote on it. You can read the bill here: https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/s47/BILLS-116s4...
by bbb
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Caching supplies east of Saline Valley Area
Replies: 9
Views: 1996

Re: Caching supplies east of Saline Valley Area

I've cached water on out-and-back backpack trips. I usually pick a prominent landmark that I can spot from a couple hundred yards away. And set a GPS app waypoint for it too, of course, as a backup. The time between cache dropoff and pickup was only a matter of days, though. Longer treks would obvio...
by bbb
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: May 2018 trip
Replies: 17
Views: 4032

Re: May 2018 trip

Those are some really great sharp photos. Thanks for taking the time to post!
by bbb
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Death Valley Strava Map
Replies: 10
Views: 3372

Death Valley Strava Map

There's been a little bit in the news recently about the Strava Global Heatmap. Apparently some armed forces stationed at unacknowledged U.S. military installations have been wearing their Fitbits and other related GPS-enabled fitness gear and uploading location data to Strava. This, in the aggregat...
by bbb
Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Field Trip--Fossils In The Tin Mountain Limestone
Replies: 15
Views: 5761

Re: Field Trip--Fossils In The Tin Mountain Limestone

Thanks for sharing, Gower and Inyo. I know nothing about geology but find the vids and info fascinating.
by bbb
Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Middle and Upper Hidden Bridge Canyon Loop Hike
Replies: 4
Views: 2079

Middle and Upper Hidden Bridge Canyon Loop Hike

A couple of weeks ago, I went on solstice backpack trek to Hidden Bridge Canyon. I had previously hiked to the lower canyon to see the eponymous bridge . That had been part of a long out-and-back hike from the paved road. By way of background, Hidden Bridge Canyon can be divided into a lower, middle...
by bbb
Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:27 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Blow'n in Beatty, NV - more than just a gas stop?
Replies: 13
Views: 3813

Re: Blow'n in Beatty, NV - more than just a gas stop?

The rebel station is now an Arco......so the breakfast sandwiches may be gone I'm happy to report that they still had the breakfast sandwiches on Monday. :biggrin: But since it's Arco, they of course demanded a debit card (no credit cards) at the pump and added a surcharge. Credit cards accepted fo...
by bbb
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Very windy today in the Valley
Replies: 5
Views: 2025

Very windy today in the Valley

I wrapped my winter solstice backpack trip this afternoon just as the winds were picking up in the valley. And they were seriously gusty. Mesquite dunes and Stovepipe were completely obscured. It was tough to stand up straight and not get blown over at certain points. When I reached my car and set m...
by bbb
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Hidden Bridge Canyon - Winter Solstice Trip
Replies: 6
Views: 2349

Re: Hidden Bridge Canyon - Winter Solstice Trip

I was thinking about trying to reach Middle Hidden Bridge from the place where people camp at the mouth of Cottonwood, before the road drops in and turns rough. Almost did it last spring but we hit weather that was way too hot for a trip of that distance. Crazy? If you're talking about the spot I t...
by bbb
Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Blow'n in Beatty, NV - more than just a gas stop?
Replies: 13
Views: 3813

Re: Blow'n in Beatty, NV - more than just a gas stop?

I usually use Beatty as a stepping off point before heading into the park. I think I've stayed at every hotel in Beatty, and I like the character of the Atomic Inn the best. However, Motel 6 is so easy to book and cancel (including cancelling the day of the reservation) that I stay there now. Anothe...
by bbb
Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Death Valley's competition
Replies: 11
Views: 4981

Re: Death Valley's competition

Great pics, especially the volcanic ones. It does make me wonder how many other terrific deserts are out there.
by bbb
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Hidden Bridge Canyon - Winter Solstice Trip
Replies: 6
Views: 2349

Hidden Bridge Canyon - Winter Solstice Trip

I did a few hikes into the Cottonwoods last winter. I started each at the paved road and crossed the valley floor to reach the mountains and canyons. One hike was right around the winter solstice, which meant a lot of time hiking by starlight and moonlight. And one of the places I visited on that hi...
by bbb
Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Coming soon to Stovepipe Wells Village...cell service!
Replies: 52
Views: 27390

I had Verizon service (voice, text, some data) from the Cottonwoods whenever I had a line of sight to Stovepipe in December. I also had it from the valley floor a few miles north of the dunes. No luck with Sprint prepaid.