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by Gowergulch42
Fri May 15, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Death Valley Environment
Topic: M6.5 Earthquake outside Tonopah
Replies: 4
Views: 239

M6.5 Earthquake outside Tonopah

Early this morning a 6.5 Earthquake struck the empty desert west of Tonopah, in the Monte Cristo Mountains. The fault appears to be unmapped, though some aftershocks are occurring on the mapped E-W aligned fault zone that runs through Candelaria ghost town. This is normal earthquake activity, even t...
by Gowergulch42
Sat May 09, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Western Places
Topic: Crystal Peak Sparkles At Sunrise And Sunset
Replies: 6
Views: 387

Re: Crystal Peak Sparkles At Sunrise And Sunset

It's a volcanic unit called the Tunnel Spring Tuff, erupted from the nearby Tunnel Spring Caldera 35.4 million years ago, as determined by potassium-argon dating. Crystal Mountain appears to be the largest outcrop of this rock that I can find. Very cool!
by Gowergulch42
Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Fatal accident at Manly Beacon
Replies: 5
Views: 192

Re: Fatal accident at Manly Beacon

No, looks like there's been some erosion since I was last there. This is a few hundred yards above the big waterfall at the mouth, if I'm correct.
by Gowergulch42
Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Death Valley National Park is CLOSED – April 4, 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 797

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

Depending on what kind of car you're driving, Hunter Mountain and the high country around it are wonderful places to be. There's a surprising amount of stuff to see up there, but you have to do your research.
by Gowergulch42
Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Mysterious Steel Rebar North of Mesquite Dunes - Details
Replies: 44
Views: 21692

Re: Mysterious Steel Rebar North of Mesquite Dunes - Details

Interesting! I've been digging and haven't found anything published (in the last few years) on erosion rates/dune migration in Mesquite Flat or greater Death Valley. That means it could be part of a greater research project that hasn't been completed, or they were marking an anthropological site, or...
by Gowergulch42
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Weather Balloon ID?
Replies: 2
Views: 1038

Re: Weather Balloon ID?

You're right on all counts. I found one while doing field work in the Cascades this past October, and it had detailed instructions all over it saying things like "HARMLESS WEATHER INSTRUMENT" and "FOR SCIENTIFIC PURPOSES" and "PLEASE MAIL BACK TO (address)." It was launched from Salem, so it didn't ...
by Gowergulch42
Sat Jan 25, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Christmas 2019: Sand, Sun, and Snow (Pic Heavy)
Replies: 9
Views: 2056

Re: Christmas 2019: Sand, Sun, and Snow (Pic Heavy)

Nice! Thanks for the lovely, detailed report. Did you remain camped in the same location for all your nights in the park? How cold was it at night? Thanks Yes we remained at our traditional (13 years) campsite at Lemoigne Canyon all 2 nights. Most we’ve spent was 4. It wasn’t too cold at night, may...
by Gowergulch42
Sat Jan 25, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Christmas 2019: Sand, Sun, and Snow (Pic Heavy)
Replies: 9
Views: 2056

Re: Christmas 2019: Sand, Sun, and Snow (Pic Heavy)

I guess about 8 feet of material was removed. Must have been some flood!
by Gowergulch42
Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Christmas 2019: Sand, Sun, and Snow (Pic Heavy)
Replies: 9
Views: 2056

Christmas 2019: Sand, Sun, and Snow (Pic Heavy)

For the first time since 2016, we were able to take a family trip to the Valley. It's a long drive from Bend, where we convene, out Highway 20, down Highway 95, and about 11 hours to Tonopah for the night. The drive through Eastern Oregon and down through Nevada is spectacular in winter. https://liv...
by Gowergulch42
Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Upcoming Trips
Topic: Jets at Star Wars canyon
Replies: 16
Views: 4115

Re: Jets at Star Wars canyon

is it ok to go in the water at Darwin Falls? Are there any other places to go in the water in Death Valley? There's a couple small ponds along the stream there. Those are THE WATER SOURCE for Panamint Springs village. They have a small chlorination and filter system, but it's best if we don't go in...
by Gowergulch42
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Stovepipe Wells to Racetrack Playa (via Marble Canyon) - Feb. 22-26
Replies: 16
Views: 5653

Re: Stovepipe Wells to Racetrack Playa (via Marble Canyon) - Feb. 22-26

Snow line was about 4500' as of yesterday, so make sure to be prepared for cold!
by Gowergulch42
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 9
Views: 2194

Re: Winter weather

Hey all--- Just returned from the Valley. On Christmas Day, some power and telecomm issues caused the internet for SPW resort/gas station to accept cash only. By the time we left on Dec. 28, they had solved the issue and were accepting electronic payments as well. When we came into the valley on Dec...
by Gowergulch42
Sat Nov 23, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Bighorn Gorge
Replies: 8
Views: 7451

Re: Bighorn Gorge

Don't count on surface water at either.
by Gowergulch42
Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Upcoming Trips
Topic: Jets at Star Wars canyon
Replies: 16
Views: 4115

Re: Jets at Star Wars canyon

Any sights you want to see in Death Valley depend entirely on your physical ability and desires and the vehicle you are driving. If you're on a motorcycle, then you probably don't want to do things with long gravel/sand roads. The stuff in the tourist core like Golden Canyon, Artist Palette, Badwate...
by Gowergulch42
Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Upcoming Trips
Topic: Jets at Star Wars canyon
Replies: 16
Views: 4115

Re: Jets at Star Wars canyon

They have stopped all flights through that canyon (called Rainbow Canyon) after a crash there a few months ago killed a pilot and injured bystanders. It was a shortcut on a training loop that pilots fly to gather flight hours, called the JEDI transition (it crossed from section DE to IJ) so they so ...