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by sonyhome
Thu May 21, 2020 1:48 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Death Valley National Park is CLOSED – April 4, 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 1048

Re: Death Valley National Park is CLOSED – April 4, 2020

Oh nice... As expected the two areas are not crazy exiting, though the summit has nice vantage that might be worth the effort someday. I'll have access to my Digonnet books tomorrow, i hope so i can look up stuff more but my buddy's now pushing for sierras :/
by sonyhome
Mon May 18, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: The next best thing to Star Wars Canyon
Replies: 10
Views: 656

Re: The next best thing to Star Wars Canyon

The needles lookout was great. The guard was making cookies for climbers every week and it had the rare guiding topo of the area fully annotated with decades of beta from all the climbers. That topo was also a big loss. I doubt anyone took photos of every page of it.
by sonyhome
Mon May 18, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Death Valley National Park is CLOSED – April 4, 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 1048

Re: Death Valley National Park is CLOSED – April 4, 2020

Hello all. * Is road from big pine to Saline Valley legally open and currently passable (aka usual washboard) or did any part get washed out? * Anyone know of the status about camping and hiking Saline Valley? Looks like the springs are officially closed since NPS land but what about at the canyons ...
by sonyhome
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Rattlesnake season?
Replies: 14
Views: 5592

Re: Rattlesnake season?

So no firm answer. But that song! :) That was fun. I've seen a bunch from being dumb with car wrecks - they hide inside, to the babies darting out of bushes on our way to remote sand dunes, to on the road. Way more frequent than cool lizards. I've seen crested ones only once... I'm coming back till ...
by sonyhome
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Rattlesnake season?
Replies: 14
Views: 5592

Rattlesnake season?

When is the rattlesnake season? I remember I've had trips where baby snakes were very aggressive and saw quite a few.

I would expect now, like April/May is the season when you see them the most. Can I get confirmation by someone more savvy about that?
by sonyhome
Thu Mar 03, 2011 3:43 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Recent report on Lippincott road condition?
Replies: 5
Views: 5356

Don't get too crazy if Ur exploring alone. :shock: Have fun...
by sonyhome
Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:56 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Recent report on Lippincott road condition?
Replies: 5
Views: 5356

Finally, you're starting to plan your next few weeks? :)
Are you gonna retreat there for a week or 2, or shorter like we usually did?

Get a new pump!
by sonyhome
Fri Feb 25, 2011 6:55 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Search for Death Valley Cave System: Giants in Those Days?
Replies: 11
Views: 15823

Very cool! It's indiana jones adventures.

If it's really steep, you might want to bring pitons and climbing gear, maybe a power drill and long bolts. If the rock is crap, that might be the safest.
by sonyhome
Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:35 am
Forum: Photography Forum
Topic: November'2010 selection with DesertChimp.
Replies: 1
Views: 3657

November'2010 selection with DesertChimp.

I'll let DesertChimp write up a trip report on his own time. Meanwhile I'll drop some pics here that I think came out OK. Comments welcome, especially if there's one you like or hate more than the others. I'm purposedly not posting any captions. http://rock-climbing.kicks-ass.net/Climbing/2010-11-24...
by sonyhome
Sat Jan 22, 2011 2:09 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Drinking water
Replies: 13
Views: 7681

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_water_purification The lifesaver I mention removes all viruses, unlike regular filters. It's used in disaster areas like Haiti earthquake, flooded regions, where all water sources become foul. For disinfection, use iodine, boiling long enough which depends on al...
by sonyhome
Sat Jan 22, 2011 2:40 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Drinking water
Replies: 13
Views: 7681

You can find filtration systems that will filter water out of anything short of radioactive mud. Definitely handles sewer water.

I love this talk/product:
Lifesaver bottle
by sonyhome
Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:59 am
Forum: Ghost Towns & Mining Camps
Topic: Open Mines
Replies: 2
Views: 5117

There's some infos in the DV litterature/guides, then with a GPS and some luck. But yeah, it can be a bit sketchy to explore something unmaintained for 50 years that wasn't very well built in the first place. http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs995.snc4/76892_1624286999387_1002842503_31703...
by sonyhome
Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Strange coyote behavior?
Replies: 26
Views: 38768

Got a little sweat from a coyote once: Dislocated my finger, and minor flesh wounds, and noticed it was tracking me hidden on a ridge above me. Made sure he knew I saw him and kept going towards open flat space. Then I didn't see it anymore. It's a weird feeling to feel for a minute you might be a p...
by sonyhome
Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Science of Washboarding...
Replies: 3
Views: 6327

I thought wind had a role in this phenomenon...

It doesn't provide the answer of how far appart are the ridges depending on speed and suspension quality. Why is the washboard so bad in saline valley? Ridges are really far appart and tall.
by sonyhome
Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: missing or replaced stones at racetrack playa
Replies: 26
Views: 24200

Why would you carry a heavy rock hundreds of yards to your car, knowing once it's out of the playa it is just a dumb rock? I would see some tourists lifting them and moving them a few feet to play around, but not just remove them. Also what happens to the rocks that fall on the playa? Over decades t...