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May 10-20, 2019: Ballarat -> Butte Valley -> Panamint Pass loop, plus day hikes

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Re: May 10-20, 2019: Ballarat -> Butte Valley -> Panamint Pass loop, plus day hikes

Post by MojaveGeek » Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:07 am

I am enjoying seeing these as installments :)
Thanks!

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Re: May 10-20, 2019: Ballarat -> Butte Valley -> Panamint Pass loop, plus day hikes

Post by wbdeford » Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:06 pm

:) Doing it this way helps me keep track of things better....not well, but better :)

Shots from Porter Peaks. Tons of great views from up there.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/168127823 ... 9268254038

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Re: May 10-20, 2019: Ballarat -> Butte Valley -> Panamint Pass loop, plus day hikes

Post by MojaveGeek » Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:42 pm

Nice pix. Been up there a couple of times. The views there, and along the ridge to Sentinel, are just amazing.

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Re: May 10-20, 2019: Ballarat -> Butte Valley -> Panamint Pass loop, plus day hikes

Post by MojaveGeek » Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:47 pm

3237 and 3238 the crest north of Panamint Pass?

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Re: May 10-20, 2019: Ballarat -> Butte Valley -> Panamint Pass loop, plus day hikes

Post by John Morrow » Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:19 pm

Wow, in some ways Porter has better views than Telescope. Thanks for the look!

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Re: May 10-20, 2019: Ballarat -> Butte Valley -> Panamint Pass loop, plus day hikes

Post by wbdeford » Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:40 am

MojaveGeek wrote:
Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:47 pm
3237 and 3238 the crest north of Panamint Pass?
I assume you mean 2327 and 2328 :) Yes....just above where you have to bypass the cliffs. There will be some betters shots of that and the cliff bypass further along.

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Re: May 10-20, 2019: Ballarat -> Butte Valley -> Panamint Pass loop, plus day hikes

Post by wbdeford » Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:44 am

John Morrow wrote:
Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:19 pm
Wow, in some ways Porter has better views than Telescope. Thanks for the look!
You definitely get an appreciation from Porter, vs, say, Rogers or Bennett, that the southern upper Panamints are way more rugged than the northern.

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Re: May 10-20, 2019: Ballarat -> Butte Valley -> Panamint Pass loop, plus day hikes

Post by bbb » Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:22 pm

Agree, that these are nice to see in installments.

Is that a relay station in the center of the picture...?


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Re: May 10-20, 2019: Ballarat -> Butte Valley -> Panamint Pass loop, plus day hikes

Post by wbdeford » Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:41 am

bbb wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:22 pm
Agree, that these are nice to see in installments.

Is that a relay station in the center of the picture...?
According to this article, it is a microwave tower owned by AT&T.

"The Mormon Peak Tower carries all phone communications from the Furnace Creek area of Death Valley
both for the NPS and for the resorts that operate as businesses on private inholdings within the park. "

http://wildernesswatch.org/pdf/Mormon_P ... _19_13.pdf

From the Rogers Pass to Mormon Peak album (that is Porter in the distance):

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Re: May 10-20, 2019: Ballarat -> Butte Valley -> Panamint Pass loop, plus day hikes

Post by wbdeford » Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:45 pm

Porter Peak to Sentinel Peak....awesome views along the way.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/168127823 ... 9456133751

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Re: May 10-20, 2019: Ballarat -> Butte Valley -> Panamint Pass loop, plus day hikes

Post by wbdeford » Mon Jul 29, 2019 3:27 pm

Sentinel Peak and down toward Panamint Pass:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/168127823 ... 9971996721

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Re: May 10-20, 2019: Ballarat -> Butte Valley -> Panamint Pass loop, plus day hikes

Post by MojaveGeek » Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:57 pm

Fun! Looks steep down into the pass. The time I traversed the Sentinel ridge I was postholing in thigh deep snow, which surprised me quite a bit and certainly slowed me down, resulting in getting off the peak well after dark.

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Re: May 10-20, 2019: Ballarat -> Butte Valley -> Panamint Pass loop, plus day hikes

Post by wbdeford » Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:29 am

MojaveGeek wrote:
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:57 pm
Fun! Looks steep down into the pass. The time I traversed the Sentinel ridge I was postholing in thigh deep snow, which surprised me quite a bit and certainly slowed me down, resulting in getting off the peak well after dark.
Yes, quite steep. Once you get past the boulder field to where the ridge itself is doable, it isn't so bad, though still very steep. I nearly got darked out--made it to the pass just in time....didn't want to sleep on the steep ridge.

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Re: May 10-20, 2019: Ballarat -> Butte Valley -> Panamint Pass loop, plus day hikes

Post by Aedwards27 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:34 pm

MojaveGeek wrote:
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:57 pm
Fun! Looks steep down into the pass. The time I traversed the Sentinel ridge I was postholing in thigh deep snow, which surprised me quite a bit and certainly slowed me down, resulting in getting off the peak well after dark.
I did Telescope on my first trip back in 2006 and luckily there wasn't any snow on the trail. But plenty in the shade!

I don't know if I could handle thigh deep snow.

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Re: May 10-20, 2019: Ballarat -> Butte Valley -> Panamint Pass loop, plus day hikes

Post by wbdeford » Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:27 am

Panamint Pass to Panamint City, via Frenchman's Canyon and Thompson Camp.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/168127823 ... 0028503052

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