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Death Valley Off-Road Adventures

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

  1. Mar 25, 2019 at 10:01 PM
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    nice photos Crom!
     
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  2. Mar 25, 2019 at 10:32 PM
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    Doesn't surprise me, tbh. Turning right to go left and vice versa is the last thing on someones mind that's never gone high speed on dirt lol.

    Where about did they wreck? That road looks flawless
     
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  3. Mar 26, 2019 at 9:10 AM
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    I’m no stranger to high speed, though more on pavement than dirt, but two things have made me really slow down. One is age (wisdom, responsibility, fear, slower reflexes? Or all of those). The other is, as I do more mountain biking, while it’s mostly single track, it’s sometimes unavoidable to bypass all forest or BLM multi-use dirt roads. If you’re going fast on a narrow curvy road, think about what you’d do if you encountered a bike. Obviously less of an issue on high speed straight sections in DV, but still. And not just bikes, there could be burros, deer, tortoises, wild horses etc. Or an LC80 on its roof, sideways in the road.
     
  4. Mar 26, 2019 at 9:34 AM
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    Definitely off-road, canyoneering fatality in DVNP
    https://www.nps.gov/deva/learn/news...xFI6skJ7yD2Xy6APTDdXKEpIUUg4WUuNwQ2wzijYoyXZM

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    DEATH VALLEY, CA – A man died on March 23, 2019 while canyoneering in Death Valley National Park. Matthew Yaussi (41), of Glendale, California, was rappelling down a 380-foot cliff when he fell to his death.

    Canyoneering is an activity that combines hiking, down-climbing, and rappelling down canyons. Canyoneering has been increasing in popularity in Death Valley, and there are now about 200 documented routes.

    Yaussi and his companion had hiked about 4,000 feet up a ridge before starting their descent of Bottomless Pit Canyon, the informal name of a canyon south of Titus Canyon in the Grapevine Mountains. According to an online description on ropewiki.com, this canyoneering route involves 19 rappels down cliffs or dry waterfalls. Bottomless Pit was first descended in 2012, and it is not a commonly done route.

    The two canyoneers planned to break the 380-foot rappel into stages by setting up an anchor on a ledge partway down. Yaussi’s companion had already rappelled to the ground when Yaussi fell to his death at approximately 8:30 p.m. His companion activated an emergency locator beacon and was extracted later that night by the U.S. Navy’s VX-31 helicopter, based in China Lake.

    Yaussi’s body was recovered the next day by an Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy and California Highway Patrol’s H-80 helicopter.


    -www.nps.gov/deva-
     
  5. Mar 26, 2019 at 10:32 AM
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    Oh man. Sad news for sure.
     
  6. Mar 26, 2019 at 2:34 PM
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  7. Mar 26, 2019 at 5:38 PM
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    Sad news on the fall. I've only done a bit of rock climbing and very minor mountaineering but I know from the various classes and workshops that I've done that rappels at the end of a long day are notorious for accidents. If they are correct on the time of 8:30p for the fall then that was an extremely long day since it sounds like it started with a 4000 ft climb. It was also dark by then.

    My family was actually in the park that day at the end of our trip but we would have been in a hotel in Vegas by the time of the fall and the rescue.
     
  8. Mar 26, 2019 at 5:50 PM
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    We were camped out in DV on Saturday. It was very windy...wouldn't want to be on the side of a mountain in it. There were some of the worst dust storms I've seen in Panamint Valley.

    Sad news indeed.
     
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  9. Mar 26, 2019 at 6:11 PM
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    Typical oversight is to forget a knot at the ends of the rope.
     
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    Some pretty cool high speed videos of kangaroo rats evading death by snake. Kangaroo rat reaction time as little as 40 ms (for reference human eye blink is 150 ms). Biologists had noted kangaroo rats somehow escaping rattle snakes even when apparently bitten but in lower speed video appeared as if rat was just randomly thrashing. Didn't understand how the rats also manged to just hop off without any apparent effects from the bites. Turns out it is an incredibly coordinated and ludicrously fast reaction by the rat and even when bitten they dislodge the fangs before they can be envenomated.

     
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    Very cool! Kangaroo rats are neat. always find them in Joshua Tree after dusk. they say they can live their entire life without drinking water, recycling moisture from things they eat, and what not, truly amazing creatures.
     
  13. Mar 30, 2019 at 8:19 AM
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    They make water from the carbs in the seeds they eat- we do that too but we sweat and pee it all out, they don’t. Anyone see tortoises out yet? We found this girl near JT, too bad she didn’t make it through the drought.

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    https://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectId=75590

    Environmental Assessment for a Modification to Keystone Mine Plan of Operations CACA-33965
    Death Valley National Park » Environmental Assessment for a Modification to Keystone Mine Plan of Operations CACA-33965 » Document List
    The National Park Service (NPS) has approved a plan of operations that includes diversion and use of up to 470 gallons of water per day from Sourdough Spring, within Death Valley National Park, for use at a mine outside the park.

    Sourdough Spring is located in Goler Wash in the Panamint Mountains. Bush Management Company (BMC) has a California State water license to divert and use up to 470 gallons per day from Sourdough Spring. This water right was established in 1941, before the area was added to Death Valley National Park. The NPS approved BMC's plan of operations, including the use and diversion of up to 470 gallons of water per day from Sourdough Spring.

    BMC plans to use the water at Keystone Mine, located about one mile west of Sourdough Spring on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). In a related decision, the BLM approved BMC's plan for exploratory drilling at Keystone Mine. That project includes drilling on existing unpatented lode mining claims with less than one acre of disturbance.

    The BLM prepared the Environmental Assessment analyzing the proposed modification to the Keystone Mine plan of operations. The National Park Service was a cooperating agency on the Environmental Assessment. However, each agency signed a separate decision document that applied only to lands under its jurisdiction.

    A 30-day public comment period ended on October 12, 2018. The Environmental Assessment and each agencies' Finding of No Significant Impact decision document can be viewed at this website.


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    Another trip report. This one is all repeat locations as it was mostly about entertaining my daughter.

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  17. Apr 2, 2019 at 5:36 PM
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    Sometimes I wish I lived closer, so I could have “another trip report with all repeat locations” in Death Valley. There are great places to visit out east, but I have really been watching this thread lately. I am really hoping for a long-term road trip summer of 2020.
     
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