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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: 2015

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: 13909

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: 1979

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: 10047

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: 9986

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: 9986

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...
by kwalsh
Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:27 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: McElvoy Canyon flash flood?
Replies: 13
Views: 10047

Thanks George! I was guessing it was this past summer based on all the thunderstorms that occurred but great to have confirmation. These debris flows are impressive. I've seen the results from burn areas sliding in the So. Cal. area and it does look like some sort of paste. You can get the sense of ...
by kwalsh
Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:58 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: McElvoy Canyon flash flood?
Replies: 13
Views: 10047

McElvoy Canyon flash flood?

Last week hiked a bit up McElvoy Canyon (Saline Valley, one mile south of the turn to the springs). Mentioned this in my recently posted trip report. The canyon appears to have suffered a major debris flow between the first and second falls. Mud splatter about 10 feet up the canyon walls in the wide...
by kwalsh
Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:39 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Racetrack, Saline, Eureka three night trip...
Replies: 3
Views: 3131

I would expect no snow on Hunter. There wasn't even a hint of snow anywhere on North Pass. We stopped near the top for lunch and it was over 60F outside. Not only was there no snow but the roads were bone dry as well. No snow in the shade of trees either. So I'm guessing all the snow is gone from Hu...
by kwalsh
Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:43 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Racetrack, Saline, Eureka three night trip...
Replies: 3
Views: 3131

Racetrack, Saline, Eureka three night trip...

A quick report on this way too short trip last week. http://www.kenandchristine.com/Trips/Death-Valley/Death-Valley-2013/i-3RFwJmn/1/XL/130311_DV2013_IP00068-58-Edit-XL.jpg People: Me, my brother, my nephew Vehicles: 1992 Toyota 4WD Pickup, 2003 Excursion Coordinating our schedules was nearly imposs...
by kwalsh
Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:04 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Northern loop
Replies: 13
Views: 7111

I just did this loop last week, although instead of Hunter and South Pass we did Lippencott. Washboard is horrible in some spots but otherwise all was in decent condition. I believe South Pass through Grapevine is in bad shape and in all honesty Lippencott *might* be better. Slow will reduce flats f...