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by bbb
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Caching supplies east of Saline Valley Area
Replies: 9
Views: 1549

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: 16
Views: 3004

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: 2866

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: 4981

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: 1707

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: 3287

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: 1736

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: 2013

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: 3287

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: 4321

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: 2013

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: 25696

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.
by bbb
Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Changes afoot in DV Junction, Furnace Creek (pics)
Replies: 16
Views: 6436

Re: Changes afoot in DV Junction, Furnace Creek (pics)

Finally, these "no drones!" signs are being posted in various places throughout the park: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v408/csskalet/2017%20uploads/P4090154_zpsdf4c3v8b.jpg http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d23/urbandispute/14019022-No-UFO-sign-Stock-Vector-alien-ufo_zpsx9mupico.jpg ;-)
by bbb
Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: March 2017 Trip Report
Replies: 8
Views: 2697

Great shots. I've never seen a view of the crater like that. The wind is always the wild card. I've had nights in DV where I thought my tent was being attacked and woken up to everything being blown away that wasn't nailed down.
by bbb
Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Upper Big Fall Canyon backpacking trip
Replies: 9
Views: 3432

wow, great job on pulling off that hike. the 5 mile rock route is cake compared to the one you took. that must have been a real slog heading back to the car across the dry bone fan :lol: Down hill was easier but I'm not a big fan of heat plus backpack. :cool: Also, I think 5 Mile Rock is the route ...