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by kwalsh
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Ghost Towns & Mining Camps
Topic: Cerro Gord0 SOLD!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 2956

Re: Cerro Gord0 SOLD!!!

Well if someone doesn't maintain the place it will in not too long become a pile of kindling...

NY Times article with a bit more detail:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/18/us/c ... ornia.html
by kwalsh
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Owlshead Microwave Tower and DV phone service
Replies: 8
Views: 2641

Re: Owlshead Microwave Tower and DV phone service

My understanding is "American Tower" finds the location,procures the land, builds access, brings in the utilities, builds up the structures and then leases the backbone access to anybody to install equipment. They also manage the complex. In this case it was AT&T that found the location, procured t...
by kwalsh
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Owlshead Microwave Tower and DV phone service
Replies: 8
Views: 2641

Re: Owlshead Microwave Tower and DV phone service

Thanks for the link to that video! As to the Owlshead tower the only info on potential removal I could find with a quick search was in the Wilderness and Backcountry Stewardship Plan from 2012: "An abandoned microwave repeater and associated buildings at the end of the Owlshead Mountains road will b...
by kwalsh
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Bugs right now?
Replies: 1
Views: 1052

Bugs right now?

Anyone been up around 4000-6000 ft in the park recently? How are the bugs? I'm usually not a springtime visitor so don't have a lot of experience in the buggier time of the year. Going to be up around White Top Mtn Rd in the Cottonwoods. Thanks!
by kwalsh
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Hiking Death Valley - Second Edition
Replies: 12
Views: 3573

Re: Hiking Death Valley - Second Edition

Added to 2nd edition: Moonlight cyn, Wahguyhe Peak, Thimble Peak, Funeral Slot, Mount Perry, Ubehebe crater, Towne peak, Butte Valley, Needle Peak, Telescope Peak, section on the Owlsheads (Contact cyn, Sand cyn, Manganese Ridge, Lost Lake, Owl Peak, Crystal Hills) Subtracted from 1st edition: Neva...
by kwalsh
Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Mesquite Springs CG
Replies: 2
Views: 1873

Re: Mesquite Springs CG

It is closed due to storm damage from this past September (after the TripAdvisor reviews you found).

http://pvtimes.com/news/strong-winds-da ... ath-valley
by kwalsh
Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Major Fee Increase at other parks
Replies: 11
Views: 3817

The "per vehicle" fee system has never made much sense to me. A van with 12 people comes in for the same price as a car with 1 person. To be fair in many parks it is in fact vehicles and not people that are having the biggest impact. That's why many parks have banned vehicles entirely and gone with...
by kwalsh
Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: KEANE WONDER MINE IS REOPENING
Replies: 19
Views: 6966

I'll be curious to see what they have changed. The NPS has gone semi-insane with closing off mine entrances in some places. A lot of dollars spent on closing some really remote stuff and making it very unsightly in the process. In other spots they have done a good job of maintaining the character of...
by kwalsh
Sun Dec 07, 2014 1:44 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Panamints
Replies: 47
Views: 28249

Found another useful source: http://modis-snow-ice.gsfc.nasa.gov/snow_cover/ From there you can grab a smaller more detailed quad of the region of interest. You can then click on that image and download higher resolution files of both reflectance and snow cover and then overlay them in an image proc...
by kwalsh
Sun Dec 07, 2014 1:27 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Panamints
Replies: 47
Views: 28249

THat's a great image but I'm not quite sure how to interpret it. How do you see snow vs. clouds? One hint is clouds have shadows and snow doesn't. High altitude clouds won't correlate with high terrain and upslopes, snow will. Low altitude clouds can form from orographic lift which can confuse this...
by kwalsh
Thu Dec 04, 2014 2:25 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Winter Backcountry Camping Spots
Replies: 30
Views: 20069

One question, I'm having trouble figuring out the mud hills just west of the Saratoga Spring turn off you mentioned. Are you referencing the very final turnoff to the Spring that's about 1 mile from where they are, or the turnoff from Harry Wade Road? Just trying to get that figured out. Turn off I...
by kwalsh
Wed Dec 03, 2014 1:18 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Winter Backcountry Camping Spots
Replies: 30
Views: 20069

So elevation makes a big deal in how cold it gets at night in the winter, so valley bottoms at lower elevations like Panamint or Saline Valley are your best bets I suspect. Give Racetrack and Hidden Valley the skip. And Eureka as well, about 3000 ft and further north it seems to get very cold there....
by kwalsh
Fri Nov 28, 2014 8:35 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: New CA Desert Protection Bill
Replies: 2
Views: 2233

New CA Desert Protection Bill

There is a draft of a new CA Desert Protection Bill that makes some additions and modifications to the original CDPA of 1994. Few new wilderness areas, some new National Monuments under BLM control instead of NPS control. Looks like there might be a few road closures, hard to tell, but most existing...
by kwalsh
Sun Aug 03, 2014 7:28 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Thanks for divulging site info. Kwalsh Much Appreciated
Replies: 12
Views: 7178

Telling your friends, taking them there and sharing locations by PM or email to people you know or have developed some trust with is exactly the right way to share your knowledge and excitement of these special places. Publicly posting coordinates on something Google crawls at least once a day not w...
by kwalsh
Sat Aug 02, 2014 9:25 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Thanks for divulging site info. Kwalsh Much Appreciated
Replies: 12
Views: 7178

The issue is not common tourists. The issue is people steal the panels to sell on the black market. The reality is people who have been visiting and studying these sites all their lives and care for their continued existence for future generations have determined the best practice is to not publicly...