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by seanR
Wed Mar 02, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mid February Hikes
Replies: 3
Views: 4317

Mid February Hikes

https://goo.gl/photos/NN25BF94NEzrLCQNA (Red Wall Canyon) I appreciate the hiking ideas I’ve gotten from this site over the last several years. It is now easier for me to share images than it was previously, so I’ll finally post some. In mid to late February we had a full seven days to fill with hik...
by seanR
Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:27 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Trail Canyon Springs
Replies: 34
Views: 20053

:lol: I'm sitting here with two black big toe-nails waiting for them to fall off again. I went for cooler conditions and snow after all. There was some on the PCT from Walker Pass-Owens Peak a week ago and some along the PCT over 10,000 feet on my way up Olancha Peak. It is melted now. That area of ...
by seanR
Sat Apr 04, 2015 7:44 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Panamints
Replies: 47
Views: 28620

Well, my mind has been on other places, so I'm still figuring out what is really calling my name... there are countless possibilities in and near DVNP! I like to take my kids to the tourist canyons (Golden & Mosaic especially) and we head off the main trails if things start seeming too familiar. We ...
by seanR
Fri Apr 03, 2015 4:08 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Panamints
Replies: 47
Views: 28620

This discussion became very interesting! Wbdeford, cool trip idea! I hope it turns out fun. You're right about the weather finally changing for this first week in April and that it may continue in spurts after you get here. http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=36.16994643400045&lon=-117.0892...
by seanR
Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:26 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Death Valley April conditions
Replies: 10
Views: 5588

Wbdeford, yeah I don't count on Accuweather for much, but when contemplating weather predictions beyond a week or two out, especially in spring, I wouldn't rely on other weather sites to be worth much more than entertainment either. As far as precipitation, yes, Death Valley and some nearby places g...
by seanR
Wed Mar 25, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Death Valley April conditions
Replies: 10
Views: 5588

I've been researching weather and conditions to figure out my early to mid-April options this year. Some of you may be out on adventures a week or so after me. I agree with all of the above; highs could be anywhere from 70's to over 100, it may be windy and dusty, you can generally head higher, lowe...
by seanR
Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:52 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Panamints
Replies: 47
Views: 28620

If snow doesn't dump in April, nor fall during your trip, you'll be lucky to find patches of snow a month from now.
by seanR
Tue Mar 10, 2015 7:04 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Food in Beatty?
Replies: 8
Views: 4527

KC's Outpost has substantial amounts of positive reviews on various review sites. My family has enjoyed dinner there a few times. The sandwiches, bread, pizza, cakes, and specials are all fresh and decent. If anywhere near Daylight Pass and looking for a sit down meal, it will easily beat what is av...
by seanR
Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:44 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: DV Feb 2014-- Nova area, Buckwheat Dunes, Fall 1SC
Replies: 50
Views: 36230

Steve, I'm glad for you that (as usual) your visit unearthed lightly visited/undocumented treasures. I've enjoyed coming across interesting desert plants while hiking off the beaten path in DVNP. I'm not sure if you've been, and it would be easier once/if you get back into camping mode, but Mojave N...
by seanR
Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:04 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: DV Trip in 2 weeks - Suggestions?
Replies: 19
Views: 8553

As first time visitors, your picks look great and I'll add that you generally can't go wrong with these suggestions on the NPS website: http://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/places-to-go.htm What you can do depends on how early y'all rise in the morning, how much y'all want to hike, and how much y'a...
by seanR
Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:21 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Wildrose/Thorndike/Mahogany Closure -- Extent of damage
Replies: 23
Views: 11282

MojaveGeek, indeed I encouraged my four-year-old son to hike farther and longer than ever before and was pleased that he performed much like his sister, who has long been known to hike pretty far. The timing is good with another still to carry a lot for a couple years. My son's strategy seemed to be...
by seanR
Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:30 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Wildrose/Thorndike/Mahogany Closure -- Extent of damage
Replies: 23
Views: 11282

^^^^When I drove Panamint Valley Road last Tuesday and on Saturday evening (February 22), Lower Wildrose Road was heavily signed as closed at its junction with Panamint Valley Road. A barrier somewhat blocked the road. The status of the road has not changed on the Death Valley Roads Facebook page. A...
by seanR
Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:55 pm
Forum: Western Places
Topic: Mojave NP Compounds
Replies: 3
Views: 4055

There are a few private homes in the Pinto Valley area. Yes, I've driven by some of them. I have a map that shows lots of private land in the eastern and northeastern portions of the preserve, including a handful of mines in the New York Mountains. By the way, the New York Mountains are an interest...
by seanR
Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:05 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Telescope Peak
Replies: 21
Views: 13746

Gowergulch42 wrote:Update: mostly devoid of snow, passable. Probably snow on north facing slopes
Thanks, Gowergulch! It'll be interesting to see if late winter brings any relief from the dry conditions, but the lack of storms does make for easy driving and hiking.
by seanR
Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:57 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Telescope Peak
Replies: 21
Views: 13746

I understand trying to avoid hiking in the heat. One tip I didn't mention above would be to start hiking at or before first light of day. Then you'll likely complete the portion of the hike requiring the most exertion before the hottest part of the day, possibly negating all the fretting over heat i...