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by kwalsh
Tue Oct 29, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Scotty's Castle road repairs in progress
Replies: 19
Views: 2568

Re: Scotty's Castle road repairs in progress

Going to be a race between NPS opening Scotty's and NASA finally launching JWST. They both keep slipping more and more...
by kwalsh
Sat Oct 26, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: A jet crashes in the DV area, several onlookers injured
Replies: 50
Views: 4299

Re: A jet crashes in the DV area, several onlookers injured

FWIW when I was eating at PSR last week I overheard some of the staff talking about the crash and saying that at this point aircraft are still not flying down Rainbow Canyon. They are taking a different route these days but it wasn't clear to me if that was just doing the larger loop that goes throu...
by kwalsh
Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: RIP Death Valley pay phones
Replies: 25
Views: 3968

Re: RIP Death Valley pay phones

@MuleQueen - I completely agree and would prefer there not be much cell coverage at all for the reasons you stated. But the NPS seems to have taken the position that having more coverage is likely to save lives and I tend to agree with their logic. There have been a lot of SAR calls originated by ce...
by kwalsh
Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Strange music on 89.9 FM Driving east from Lone Pine to Death Valley
Replies: 10
Views: 900

Re: Strange music on 89.9 FM Driving east from Lone Pine to Death Valley

Can’t listen to the clip, Flickr wants me to log in and I don’t have an account. It’s possible someone is using the FM band to transmit something over a short range. There are cheap low power devices that transmit in the FM band meant to connect a CD player, phone or whatever to the FM radio in a ca...
by kwalsh
Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Desert Survival
Topic: A few beginner's question
Replies: 11
Views: 1353

Re: A few beginner's question

Ah, yeah Irvine is much more of a hassle. Harder to sneak out of the basin before traffic on a Friday from there as you need to get over the Cajon Pass on the 15 pretty early and you have a bit of a drive before you even get there. Folks up by Glendale, Pasadena and even downtown LA have the option ...
by kwalsh
Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: RIP Death Valley pay phones
Replies: 25
Views: 3968

Re: RIP Death Valley pay phones

There should be a way the NPS can designate this a public safety necessity and require that the land-line pay phones be kept. The NPS has taken the approach of trying to increase cell coverage instead which is much more useful and has been quite successful so far. The landlines have really been of ...
by kwalsh
Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Desert Survival
Topic: A few beginner's question
Replies: 11
Views: 1353

Re: A few beginner's question

Glad your first trip was a success! Don’t rule out exploring DV while in Grad school in LA. Depending on how your classes and potential lab/research schedules work out you can into the Panamints and even Stovepipe for the weekend by leaving Friday afternoon and coming back late Sunday. Depending whe...
by kwalsh
Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Desert Survival
Topic: A few beginner's question
Replies: 11
Views: 1353

Re: A few beginner's question

Crackers, chips or anything like that is plenty of salt. Sports drinks don’t need to be that much of the mix. Say 1/4 would be plenty. The real risk is that if you were to actually be exercising in that much heat you’d need to drink lots of water. If you ate nothing salty and drank only water all da...
by kwalsh
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: Literature & Research
Topic: 1911 Topo Map of DV and Ballarat - 100 year perspective
Replies: 7
Views: 1946

Re: 1911 Topo Map of DV and Ballarat - 100 year perspective

2. The toll road over Towne pass was built in the mid-1920s so indeed did not exist at this time. 3. Big Four Mine wasn’t developed until 1940s though there were undeveloped claims in the area before that. 5. Baldy is Rogers. It is south of Wildrose Canyon so cant be Wildrose. The peak unnamed on th...
by kwalsh
Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: A jet crashes in the DV area, several onlookers injured
Replies: 50
Views: 4299

Re: A jet crashes in the DV area, several onlookers injured

@Wingman if you are going to fight back at things the I’d recommend fighting for the backcountry - e.g. Butte and Racetrack. It is easy to reduce visitation there - stop grading the dang roads and problem will quickly resolve itself. Completely within the control of the NPS to do this (unlike SV roa...
by kwalsh
Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: A jet crashes in the DV area, several onlookers injured
Replies: 50
Views: 4299

Re: A jet crashes in the DV area, several onlookers injured

That highway and rest area have been there a long time. Plus it's a National Park! I've driven that road dozens of times over the last 40 years. I didn't start seeing significant use by the Navy til 4 or 5 years ago. We have watched with concern in recent seasons as whole new parking areas and use ...
by kwalsh
Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: A jet crashes in the DV area, several onlookers injured
Replies: 50
Views: 4299

Re: A jet crashes in the DV area, several onlookers injured

I haven’t seen any official report on the cause of injuries but one article claimed they were minor burns. Which sounds like the result of a post impact fireball as the same article claimed impact was directly below the viewpoint. You’d just need to be nearby to get a minor burn if that is what happ...
by kwalsh
Sat May 18, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Scotty's Castle road repairs in progress
Replies: 19
Views: 2568

Re: Scotty's Castle road repairs in progress

Interesting, thanks for posting! I saw a lot of activity at the southwest end a few weeks ago when I was up around Ubehebe - but of course not clear if they were working on the road or the castle.
by kwalsh
Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Tandem Jets Skywriting Panamint Valley
Replies: 3
Views: 1093

Re: Tandem Jets Skywriting Panamint Valley

Wow, you got some great footage - thanks for sharing it. By the way, why is it "the Jedi Transition"? Low level training route for military aircraft that goes from the Owens Valley to the Panamint Valley roughly following the 190 and entering Panamint Valley via Rainbow Canyon. Pilots refer to Rain...
by kwalsh
Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Inside DV - report from 1-19-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 1666

Re: Inside DV - report from 1-19-2019

MojaveGeek wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:59 pm
BTW, where those road closures due to conditions or staffing issues with the government shutdown?
The status page says West Side closed due to mud.