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October Trip Planning

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:09 pm
by Aedwards27
Well, I just purchased my flight to Vegas for October. This will be trip # 35 since 2006. :D :D :D :D

Those of you familiar with my activities know that I am always careful about what I reveal in public. So here comes some extreme vagueness.

I get in early (before 9AM), which means I will be in the MNP by noon where I plan to check out a petroglyph cave along Kelbaker Road. Total mileage is going to be short, around 6 miles. After that I will head for DVNP and set up camp for the next four full days.

Day 1- I always start with someplace familiar and easy to get warmed up. Jayhawker Canyon will serve that purpose this trip. I haven't been in three years and I have something I need to confirm in the canyon. This will be followed bya hike on the Darwin Plateau to a "new" petroglyph site. Total est. mileage is around 13 miles.

Day 2- A loop hike in the Grapevine Mountains between two petroglyph sites (there is a trail system I am going to follow). Total est. mileage is around 18 miles. This hike will involve 80% new areas for me.

Day 3- A nice hike to a spring which no longer appears on maps where I intend to document some rock alignments and pictographs. Total est. mileage is around 18-20 miles. This hike will put me in a 100% new area.

Day 4- The first half of the day will involve tracking down a geoglyph. This will be followed by a return trip to one of my favorite petroglyph sites to follow a trail I didn't have time to check out in March. Total est. mileage is around 15-16 miles (an easy day). 50% new terrain for me.

Re: October Trip Planning

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:32 pm
by MojaveGeek
15-16 miles is an "easy day" You're quite the walker.

Your 35 trips... I'm at 33 but my first was in 1990 :)

Re: October Trip Planning

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:02 pm
by Aedwards27
MojaveGeek wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:32 pm
15-16 miles is an "easy day" You're quite the walker.

Your 35 trips... I'm at 33 but my first was in 1990 :)
:D :D :D :D

I am also completely nuts, so walking that far to me is fun. After walking that far I basically have enough energy to make my food eat and go to sleep.

Re: October Trip Planning

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:36 pm
by MojaveGeek
And of course to get up early again the next day and repeat!

I know the drill I need to recover after my "vacations", starting with sleeping for the entire flight home. Play hard :)

Re: October Trip Planning

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:32 am
by wbdeford
Wow, I thought I was up to a lot of trips for someone who has to fly in (planning a brief #14, since 2008) in August.

Re: October Trip Planning

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:11 am
by TrailHound
I added up our trips. I didn't realize that we have been in DV 20 times in 19 years. Where did those 19 years go?

When we were last in Jayhawker Canyon in 2010, someone had marked the easiest path from the road into the canyon by building cairns and rock linings. It was a pretty substantial effort to mark the path this way. I emailed now retired ranger Charlie Callagan about it. He said that the park had removed these markers once before. I would be curious to know if they are still there.

Re: October Trip Planning

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:58 am
by Aedwards27
TrailHound wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:11 am
I added up our trips. I didn't realize that we have been in DV 20 times in 19 years. Where did those 19 years go?

When we were last in Jayhawker Canyon in 2010, someone had marked the easiest path from the road into the canyon by building cairns and rock linings. It was a pretty substantial effort to mark the path this way. I emailed now retired ranger Charlie Callagan about it. He said that the park had removed these markers once before. I would be curious to know if they are still there.


I noticed that when I was last there. Thankfully, there is still no vandalism in the canyon from the recent photos I have seen. I think it is probably too far for most people to go to just to cause destruction.

Re: October Trip Planning

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:00 pm
by Aedwards27
wbdeford wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:32 am
Wow, I thought I was up to a lot of trips for someone who has to fly in (planning a brief #14, since 2008) in August.
McCarran is such a mess :lol: :lol: . But it is a small price to pay for Death Valley!

Re: October Trip Planning

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:00 pm
by Aedwards27
MojaveGeek wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:36 pm
And of course to get up early again the next day and repeat!

I know the drill I need to recover after my "vacations", starting with sleeping for the entire flight home. Play hard :)
When I got back home in March I slept 14 hours the first night, I was goooooooooooone.

Re: October Trip Planning

Posted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:27 pm
by Candace_66
It never occurred to me to keep track of how many times I've visited the Park! :biggrin:

Re: October Trip Planning

Posted: Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:17 pm
by Aedwards27
Candace_66 wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:27 pm
It never occurred to me to keep track of how many times I've visited the Park! :biggrin:
I started saving my entrance fee receipts about 5 years ago, so I use that, plus my photos. I wanna make it to over 200 :D