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by blackturtle.us
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Park Closure
Replies: 32
Views: 1123

Re: Park Closure

I have a friend who works for the park service at the Grand Canyon. His job is fully funded through the shut down since his job is considered essential. However, interestingly, he told me that the state of AZ keeps the park open through the duration of shut downs because it makes a big difference to...
by blackturtle.us
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Water Source info?
Replies: 7
Views: 351

Re: Water Source info?

Regarding water near the Weston Cabin: I have an eight mile loop which I've done about six times which I haven't done since 2013 which starts at the saddle between Happy and Pleasant. It heads down to the Weston Cabin and then it goes up the MIDDLE fork of Happy. Basically the Weston Cabin is locate...
by blackturtle.us
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Weird GPS Error
Replies: 15
Views: 2909

Re: Weird GPS Error

So, at this point I'm of the opinion that the anomaly was caused by some kind of experimentation going on at the base. The odd thing is that this was late on a Sunday afternoon and I would have thought that experimentation would be done mostly during the work week. My GPS unit worked fine last week ...
by blackturtle.us
Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Ghost Towns & Mining Camps
Topic: Panamint City backpack.
Replies: 16
Views: 8188

Re: Panamint City backpack.

The graffiti I was talking about is visible here:
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by blackturtle.us
Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Weird GPS Error
Replies: 15
Views: 2909

Re: Weird GPS Error

Late to this discussion. I think it would take some powerful juju to corrupt the data in the unit once it had been logged. Causing a local or wider area disruption of the GPS signals such that position is erroneous, erratic, or just won't get a fix is what I would expect from GPS jamming. The annte...
by blackturtle.us
Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Ghost Towns & Mining Camps
Topic: Panamint City backpack.
Replies: 16
Views: 8188

Re: Panamint City backpack.

I just got back from a quick dayhike up to PC. Lots of graffiti. I don't recall seeing any graffiti on my last trip up there four years ago. Anyone know how recent the graffiti appeared? The worst item was a large banner painted up right below the chimney. Otherwise there were lots of small items al...
by blackturtle.us
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Weird GPS Error
Replies: 15
Views: 2909

Re: Weird GPS Error

Cleared the memory on the GPS and tested it out this evening. Works fine. So, it must have been something to do with a signal received during the hike, which really makes me curious about what happened. Unusual readings I've encountered before, but I've never had the data corrupted to the point wher...
by blackturtle.us
Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Weird GPS Error
Replies: 15
Views: 2909

Weird GPS Error

So, I'm a little ways into the return leg of an eleven mile hike and I notice that my Garmin Foretrex 401 display is malfunctioning. The current time and time of sunset fields are normal, but my elevation reads "------" and my distance says 100. The last I checked I was at about 5200' and about 6.8 ...
by blackturtle.us
Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: B2T2B, R2R2R, and Surprise Canyon comparsions
Replies: 11
Views: 1512

Re: B2T2B, R2R2R, and Surprise Canyon comparsions

I've done Charleston, Whitney, and White as dayhikes. Whitney would be the only one that would be difficult for me currently at age 57. I could do it, but it would be a bit beyond my comfort zone. A couple of years ago I did Langley as an over-nighter. Again that's one that could be done as a dayhik...
by blackturtle.us
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Caching supplies east of Saline Valley Area
Replies: 9
Views: 1790

Re: Caching supplies east of Saline Valley Area

Depending on where you're going springs might be of some use. I know in the Argus Range there are springs in pretty much every canyon. The same goes for the Panamint Range. It seems that there are lots of springs within DVNP and that it might be possible to create a hiking route that is like a conne...
by blackturtle.us
Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Panamint Butte Fatality in DV
Replies: 13
Views: 2226

Re: Panamint Butte Fatality in DV

I poked around the canyon above the Big Four Mine back in 2006. The terrain was steep and when I climbed out of the canyon I recall the surface of the ground having extremely poor traction. I didn't even consider using that route to get to Panamint Butte. Getting up would be difficult, but the way d...
by blackturtle.us
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Pinto Peak
Replies: 6
Views: 1958

Re: Pinto Peak

The one thing I'll recommend if you take the shortcut is not to wear shorts. My shins got pretty scraped up, which is not unusual for me as I do a lot of bushwacking, but if you don't want to have all sorts of scrapes and scratches on your shins, wear long pants! I'm pretty sure the main scrub growi...
by blackturtle.us
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Pinto Peak
Replies: 6
Views: 1958

Pinto Peak

I hiked to the top of Pinto Peak via Emigrant Pass on Sunday (June 17). I attempted to make it to the summit the previous Sunday (June 10), but the hike went a little long(*). Following the road/trail to the peak is about 15.5 miles, but a strategic shortcut reduces the mileage to about 14 miles eve...
by blackturtle.us
Sun May 20, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Hiking Options in June Heat
Replies: 11
Views: 1377

Re: Hiking Options in June Heat

How is Keynot this time of year? Looking around I don't see a "recommended" season. Summitpost doesn't say anything about early June. Looks fun. You said that 4x4 roads would be a problem. Although the road to New York Butte (where the route from the south to Keynot would start) is not super rough,...
by blackturtle.us
Sun May 20, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Canyon Hopping Upper Western Panamints
Replies: 2
Views: 894

Re: Canyon Hopping Upper Western Panamints

Interesting route idea, but it sounds like a lot of up and down and up and down and up and down to me. Is your plan to enter from Hummingbird Spring or from the bottom of Tuber Canyon? Is this a long one-day thing or a over-nighter? Upper Hall Canyon is neat, but hard to get to now that the road has...