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Death Valley December 2017 Trip Reports

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:21 pm
by Kauri
I have just posted the first two trip reports from our December 2017 Death Valley trip:

1. "Balancing Rock Canyon" (canyon just south of Artists Drive First Dip Canyon, and north of Brimstone Canyon), in the Black Mountains.

http://kaurijacobphotography.yolasite.c ... ePart1.pdf
http://kaurijacobphotography.yolasite.c ... ePart2.pdf

2. Minor drainage two north of Artists Palette (just south of Desolation Canyon), in the Black Mountains.

http://kaurijacobphotography.yolasite.c ... alette.pdf

Due to a busy graduate school schedule, I probably won't have time to write up the other five reports until next summer:

3. Lower King Midas Canyon (below the old mule trail), in the Funeral Mountains.
4. Views from north of Borax Benchmark, in the Black Mountains.
5. Upper part of the canyon just north of Echo Canyon, in the Funeral Mountains.
6. Keane Wonder Bridge and Cyty's Mill, in the Funeral Mountains.
7. Hellfire Canyon, in the Black Mountains (in more detail).

Re: Death Valley December 2017 Trip Reports

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:37 pm
by MojaveGeek
I always enjoy your reports, Kauri, and often find myself following in your footsteps!

Re: Death Valley December 2017 Trip Reports

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:31 pm
by Kauri
Glad you like the reports!

If you check out the trip reports page of my website, you'll also see some reports from last summer. I'm hoping to have time to finish the remaining reports from those summer trips in the next month or so (they're almost done and just need proofreading).

Re: Death Valley December 2017 Trip Reports

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:51 pm
by Kauri
I'm finally getting to some of these reports, and (much-needed) updates on my website...

Here are links to the two parts of my report on some small peaks just north of Borax Benchmark.

http://kaurijacobphotography.yolasite.c ... aPart1.pdf

http://kaurijacobphotography.yolasite.c ... aPart2.pdf

Re: Death Valley December 2017 Trip Reports

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:47 am
by MojaveGeek
Interesting routes in a very cool area that I like a lot. Thanks for posting them!

Re: Death Valley December 2017 Trip Reports

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:52 am
by TrailHound
Thanks for posting these reports. They are a great read and a guide for future trips.

Re: Death Valley December 2017 Trip Reports

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:18 pm
by Kauri
I've completed one more report from this trip, visiting a formation in the upper part of the canyon just north of Echo. As expected, it turned out to not be a natural bridge, but the upper part of the canyon is very nice and is worth exploring further (when the days are longer than they are in January!).

http://kaurijacobphotography.yolasite.c ... oPart1.pdf

http://kaurijacobphotography.yolasite.c ... oPart2.pdf

Re: Death Valley December 2017 Trip Reports

Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:26 am
by Death Valley Dazed
Thanks for your detailed trip reports. My favorite parts were those dark tunnels requiring a flashlight, the balancing rocks, the panorama shots and that "interesting rock" that you had not seen before.

The area above Twenty Mule Team, around Corkscrew Canyon, towards Borax BM and Artist Palette drainage is just fun to explore. This may be the closest I'll ever get to Mars. LOL

What a great way to spend time in Death Valley enjoying the endless variety.

Re: Death Valley December 2017 Trip Reports

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:00 pm
by Kauri
I've uploaded another trip report, on Hellfire Canyon, which is the major canyon just north of Natural Bridge Canyon. I think this is an unofficial name for the canyon, assigned by canyoneers, and it seems to accurately describe the red colors occasionally appearing on the canyon walls!

The first southern side canyon and the first northern side canyon of Hellfire Canyon are worth exploring further. I'm not aware of any info on either of these side canyons, and both have the potential for excellent narrows. If anyone has knowledge of what is in these side canyons, I would greatly appreciate any info.

http://kaurijacobphotography.yolasite.c ... dPart1.pdf

http://kaurijacobphotography.yolasite.c ... dPart2.pdf

http://kaurijacobphotography.yolasite.c ... dPart3.pdf

Re: Death Valley December 2017 Trip Reports

Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:48 am
by MojaveGeek
This looks like a pleasant canyon to hike, without any serious obstacles. Thanks for posting, Kauri. I'll have to check it out.

Re: Death Valley December 2017 Trip Reports

Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:57 pm
by Kauri
I think you would definitely enjoy hiking this canyon, especially since it is so photogenic!

Also, congrats on your upcoming retirement which I recall you posting about in another thread. Does that mean more time for vacations? :)

Re: Death Valley December 2017 Trip Reports

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:25 am
by MojaveGeek
Thanks, Kauri!

More time? Indeed! I'm already semi-retired as my work winds down. Spent 2 weeks hiking in Montana this summer, 2 weeks in the Eastern Sierra (all around Tioga Pass as it was the least smoky area, and getting on the trail with the sun as it got real bad in the afternoons) and recently came back from two delightful weeks in Washington state, Olympic Peninsula one week and Mt. Rainier (fewer people as it's not the summer) the next.

Oh, and I have plans :)

Re: Death Valley December 2017 Trip Reports

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:23 pm
by Kauri
I've uploaded one more trip report, on King Midas Canyon:

http://kaurijacobphotography.yolasite.c ... nPart1.pdf

http://kaurijacobphotography.yolasite.c ... nPart2.pdf

There will be one more report from this trip, also from the Keane Wonder Mine area, on Keane Wonder Bridge, Cyty's Mill, and a nearby colorful small canyon.

Then, I'll work on finishing three reports from a Colorado/Utah/Nevada trip back in 2017 (!), and five reports from hikes in Point Reyes earlier this fall.

Re: Death Valley December 2017 Trip Reports

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:21 pm
by Kauri
I've uploaded the last report from this trip, which covers Keane Wonder Bridge, a small drainage north of Cyty's Mill, and the nearby area:

http://kaurijacobphotography.yolasite.c ... lPart1.pdf

http://kaurijacobphotography.yolasite.c ... lPart2.pdf

Re: Death Valley December 2017 Trip Reports

Posted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:15 pm
by MojaveGeek
Nice.

Yes those are motion-sensitive game cameras. Used for all sorts of things. I've seen them used at trailheads marked "no dogs" presumably to detect exactly that. There's a couple in Navel Spring as well.