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by Rockhopper
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Badwater to Dantes Peak and back March 26th
Replies: 11
Views: 404

Re: Badwater to Dantes Peak and back March 26th

Fantastic hike, and what a challenging one! 5500 feet elevation up and then down is damned impressive. At mid-sixties myself, I can vouch for other challenges -- muscles can be trained, heart and lungs too, but DANG, the joints, tendons, and fascia can be troublesome. I doubt that I'll do the Badwat...
by Rockhopper
Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: All aboard The Blue Mountain Express
Replies: 15
Views: 1044

Re: All aboard The Blue Mountain Express

Just a quick note -- I was back in the area a few weeks later, and there IS quartz there as well as the other minerals. With a sample in hand, it's easy to tell quartz -- you can't scratch it with a knife. (The steel might leave a little gray streak of metal on the quartz, though.) Crystalline gypsu...
by Rockhopper
Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: March 2019 trip
Replies: 16
Views: 517

Re: March 2019 trip

Those are fantastic photos! You balanced the dynamic range in the Fall Canyon shots beautifully. It's one of my favorite canyons too. We did Palmer, the next canyon north of Fall, this time around. Never done it; nice enough narrows but not as majestic as Fall. Nobody else was there, though there we...
by Rockhopper
Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Hello from Death Valley - Thursday Night 3-28
Replies: 9
Views: 570

Re: Hello from Death Valley - Thursday Night 3-28

Nice pictures! I was north of the Keane Wonder area at the beginning of March, but saw no sheep -- only trails and droppings. I believe I read that the Mosaic road will be closed until fall. 20 Mule Team road was also closed, due to flood damage. Both ends of the road are badly washed out where it c...
by Rockhopper
Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Death Valley Death
Replies: 4
Views: 503

Re: Death Valley Death

Sad, and not only for the deceased but no doubt for his climbing partner too. Heavy psychological weight. My wife and I both did some simple rock climbing in our day, mostly top-roped and nothing much harder than 5.7 I guess. Since hiking canyons regularly, though, I consider taking a pair of climbi...
by Rockhopper
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Painful! Dry-nose desert syndrome?
Replies: 3
Views: 380

Re: Painful! Dry-nose desert syndrome?

Thanks for the thoughts. We'll be taking neosporin and Q-tips for sure!

Leaving tomorrow (Thursday), hope to be the Valley by mid-afternoon on Friday. Weather forecast looks good.
by Rockhopper
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Painful! Dry-nose desert syndrome?
Replies: 3
Views: 380

Painful! Dry-nose desert syndrome?

Last year in DV I convinced my wife to go for a hike on one of those windy, dusty days. We hail from Oregon, where moisture is everywhere, and you're more likely to mold or grow mossy than to desiccate. But that day in DV, something inside her nose dried out and (I think) cracked. It hurt like heck....
by Rockhopper
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: All aboard The Blue Mountain Express
Replies: 15
Views: 1044

Re: All aboard The Blue Mountain Express

I hadn't considered wreckage. I remember finding a jettisoned fuel pod in a canyon once. Could be! The reflection was surprisingly bright -- like a very smooth, glassy surface. In my experience, desert varnish tens to be somewhat irregular. Could be an exception, though... I did find some palm-sized...
by Rockhopper
Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Second canyon south of Monarch: finding the marbles
Replies: 2
Views: 250

Re: Second canyon south of Monarch: finding the marbles

Glad you enjoy the report... if I ever go back at least I'll have some clues for myself! I don't know if it's like this for you, but -- I grew up poking around creeks and brushpiles and little rocks, and now, decades later, I'm still that darned kid, poking round in the outdoors. One guy I know, a w...
by Rockhopper
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: All aboard The Blue Mountain Express
Replies: 15
Views: 1044

Re: All aboard The Blue Mountain Express

Thanks for the video, and for the Corkscrew / 20 Mule Team pictures. Beautiful stuff! I went up 20 Mule Team on my last trip. That area is certainly special. I had thought I might backpack in and camp up beyond the head of the wash, but darn that pack (with 3 gallons of water) was heavy. Then a boul...
by Rockhopper
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Second canyon south of Monarch: finding the marbles
Replies: 2
Views: 250

Second canyon south of Monarch: finding the marbles

Second canyon south of Monarch Canyon: Finding the marbles This is the longest and most scenic of the three minor canyons immediately south of Monarch Canyon. In the middle section, between the two big dryfalls, there are “marbles” – beautiful marble ledges and chutes. It is also the most challengi...
by Rockhopper
Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Don't aggravate the magma!
Replies: 2
Views: 333

Don't aggravate the magma!

A new report from the USGS ( https://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2018/5159/sir20185159.pdf , PDF) lists the volcanic field at Ubehebe as one of California's eight areas to watch for eruption hazard. From the report: "The craters formed during a series of explosions about 2,100 years ago that were triggered as...
by Rockhopper
Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Flooding and Lake Manly today?
Replies: 32
Views: 1910

Re: Flooding and Lake Manly today?

Me too: those are beautiful pictures. I love shots with that sense of great distance and a wash of light.

Also glad you're posting more often! Thanks.
by Rockhopper
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mining trail loop: first canyon south of Monarch canyon
Replies: 2
Views: 207

Re: Mining trail loop: first canyon south of Monarch canyon

Kauri, no, I did not get to King Midas or as far south as the drainages immediately north of Cyty's mill. I had backpacked to a base camp in one of the lower canyons, and did hikes near there. I have one more trip to report on from that area -- a longer, more scenic canyon than the other two. But it...
by Rockhopper
Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mining trail loop: first canyon south of Monarch canyon
Replies: 2
Views: 207

Mining trail loop: first canyon south of Monarch canyon

Mining trail loop: First canyon south of Monarch Canyon (Note: there is one even smaller canyon between this and Monarch, so this could possibly be counted as the second canyon south. Oh, never mind.) This canyon itself is not extremely noteworthy, but on the south side of the canyon, miners dug a ...