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Death Valley Off-Road Adventures

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by Crom, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. Mar 23, 2019 at 9:18 PM
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    dman100

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    Yes, it was near Basin Rd. I was returning from a week in Utah and Nevada mountain biking, after spending 4 days in Saline and Panamint Valleys. We had steady but not hard rain, and a bit of snow Wednesday night in Lovell Canyon, west of Vegas. No winds, but a section of serious mud. Thought about heading home through Pahrump and DV, but it would have been a long drive and then I heard sections of Badwater Rd and 178 were closed, so the easy I-15/CA58/I-5/US99/CA46/US101 route worked out for the better.
     
  2. Mar 25, 2019 at 3:49 PM
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    Be careful you don't drive too fast...
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  3. Mar 25, 2019 at 3:59 PM
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    But you don't understand, that could never happen to me....
     
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  4. Mar 25, 2019 at 5:55 PM
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    ..oh shit oh shit...i'm sticking at or below the speed limit from now on..for sure
    and besides...my GF don't drive my rig
     
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  5. Mar 25, 2019 at 6:32 PM
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    I noticed a FB post from the Park Service advising visitors to check road conditions given the recent rains.

    On a side note, they've been discussing the crushing number of folks visiting the traditional flower spots-like DV, Carrizo, and so one . The Tread Lightly message is lost on many and today, I heard a report about folks visiting Iceland and specifically, The Beeb's music video shoot sites, being overrun to the point of closure. I know it's not here, but I don't want to see our places closed because a few cannot be bothered to adult like adults.

    edit: Sad to hear of the recent fatality.
     
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  6. Mar 25, 2019 at 7:46 PM
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  7. Mar 25, 2019 at 7:59 PM
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    Was it a case of speed unsafe for conditions? That's just so strange-almost like LoC followed by over-correction.
     
  8. Mar 25, 2019 at 8:03 PM
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    Yeah, that was a bad deal. My buddy and I spent over an hour chasing their dog Reno around the desert. I read later that they finally got the dog back. Before we split we offered to roll the Cruiser back over but the owner was kinda shell-shocked and maybe a little confused (understandably). They are super lucky that nobody got hurt.
     
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  9. Mar 25, 2019 at 8:05 PM
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    Inexperience with driving fast on dirt, but could've happened to even an experienced driver.

    Girlfriend behind the wheel encountered a sweeping left turn with a rise at the apex of the turn. Suspension unweighted and caused the LC to fish tail out of control.
     
  10. Mar 25, 2019 at 8:11 PM
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    My buddy and I were on the salt flat south of the wreck site and watched three trucks zip by headed north, one of them being the Cruiser. Look at the tire tracks from the Cruiser and decide for yourself if speed was a factor...

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    It was just past midnight when they found Reno.
     
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  12. Mar 25, 2019 at 8:15 PM
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    Speed, inexperience, and high center of gravity with the items on top off the roof all played a factor. The Road was just recently groomed, and there was a fairly longish straight section right up to the sweeping left turn.
     
  13. Mar 25, 2019 at 8:17 PM
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    Damn. Definitely a little faster than they should have been going. Lucky no one is dead.
     
  14. Mar 25, 2019 at 8:17 PM
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    Yep, I agree. Additionally, I believe it was an avoidable event.
     
  15. Mar 25, 2019 at 8:24 PM
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    I'll admit that coming from North pass there were a few sections where I would be at near triple digit numbers, but after helping with that recovery and seeing first hand how lucky that they were not killed or seriously injured . And the other 2 rollovers prior to that one. I have slowed my roll down CONSIDERABLY.
     
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  16. Mar 25, 2019 at 8:48 PM
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    :rofl:were you nearing triple digits when you crushed that spindle?
     
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  17. Mar 25, 2019 at 8:55 PM
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    That happened on a side trip on our way up Mazuarka Peak. And may have gotten a little worse coming down North Pass from Papoose Flats :cool:
     
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  18. Mar 25, 2019 at 9:18 PM
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    As I’ve mentioned before in this thread, these days I tend to set a limit of 40-45 on any dirt surface - even very familiar ones. On even broad turns I now slow down a fair bit from that as well. Regardless of driver skill or vehicle safety systems the risk of rollover is just unacceptably high. I’ve had two scares that made me realize how quickly a minor wobble could convert into a total loss of the vehicle.

    Add to that the consequences of a rollover are far more extreme than say when commuting. In civilization an EMT is on you in about 10 minutes. Out in DV it is hours. And apart from my body if my daily driver gets totaled I don’t care. My truck on the other hand has a whole bunch of my time and sweat in it that insurance doesn’t cover.

    Lastly every road in DV has amazing views. No need to rush through them.
     
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  19. Mar 25, 2019 at 9:28 PM
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    Well said. Go to Death Valley, come back alive, and rig right side up. :D
     
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