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by kwalsh
Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Major Fee Increase at other parks
Replies: 11
Views: 4540

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: 8159

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: 31175

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: 31175

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: 22060

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: 22060

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: 2497

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: 7929

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: 7929

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...
by kwalsh
Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:47 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Werewolf found dead at Zabriske (H.P. Actor Dies)...
Replies: 0
Views: 2223

Werewolf found dead at Zabriske (H.P. Actor Dies)...

More unfortunate news from this summer - another hiker has died. This time it was a British actor who portrayed the werewolf Fenrir Grayback in the Harry Potter movies: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-harry-potter-actor-found-dead-death-valley-20140711-story.html EDIT: As usual the Inyo ...
by kwalsh
Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:44 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 2014 Spring
Replies: 17
Views: 14867

Pictograph Cave report finished: http://dvexplore.blogspot.com/2014/05/death-valley-pictographs-1.html Wow, I walked out to that basin about ten years ago but had no idea there were pictographs on the rim of it. It is a neat spot even without the rock art. When I did the hike there was an occupied ...
by kwalsh
Sun Oct 13, 2013 7:16 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: 2 Deaths While Searching for U2's Joshua Tree
Replies: 2
Views: 2230

Yeah I saw the incident in the papers when it happened two years ago, but I hadn't heard they were looking for the tree. A common theme in many of the EU deaths every summer in the Mojave is atrociously bad guide books and online material available in the EU. Apparently many don't include any common...
by kwalsh
Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:19 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: McElvoy Canyon flash flood?
Replies: 13
Views: 10839

I wonder what the status is of McElvoy now after the July and September storms? Probably even more devastated by the recent pounding Saline Valley received. I wonder if Beveridge was also hammered now. That's a good question. I hope to be at the springs in early November for most of a week. I might...
by kwalsh
Tue May 21, 2013 7:35 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Should I visit in June?
Replies: 20
Views: 11029

I hadn't thought about military air traffic. Do they really pay attention to smoke signals? All that said, I think Farabee's does give you a SPOT tracker and they ask you to check in every day. I still don't think that should be a "license" to venture too far off the beaten path in one vehicle thou...
by kwalsh
Sun May 19, 2013 3:10 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Should I visit in June?
Replies: 20
Views: 11029

I don't want to start an argument but I'm going to strongly disagree with Morrie. Never try to hike out from a broken down vehicle in the summer. You will likely die. Make sure you have water and food to last a few days in the vehicle and stay with it - that is enough to last until some one comes to...