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Death Valley Off-Road Adventures

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

  1. Feb 10, 2014 at 9:18 AM
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    Ian, Great pics and awesome trip you had. I envy that much time you had spent in the area. Thanks for sharing the pics! I'm having to live vicariously these days!
     
  2. Feb 10, 2014 at 2:34 PM
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    amazing photos, makes me want to get back out there soon!
     
  3. Feb 10, 2014 at 2:40 PM
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    I think the ringtail is far more rare than the bighorn. I headed up to Briggs this past Thanksgiving. A small group was down at Stone after we arrived and they were treated to a nighttime visit from the ringtail. On our way out I did see my first bighorn. What an epic gift nature brought.
     
  5. Feb 23, 2014 at 4:29 PM
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    Backpacked to Panamint city last week, got to see a Bighorn on the way down to Ballerrat.

    Just got baack from Saline Valley today, went down the north pass and camped at willow creek, just past where the road had washed out. made our way to the salt lake and saw the old salt tramway that went over the mountain 100 years ago, cant imagine how hard it was to build that:
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    Headed back up to the south pass and stopped off at the lower warm springs for a dip (yes this guy was nude, waited for him to leave)

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    Made it down the steps to the Dunes and camped there last night. amazing place!
     
  6. Feb 24, 2014 at 10:17 AM
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    What was Panamint City like. Any pictures.
     
  7. Feb 25, 2014 at 6:30 AM
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    Awesome! Backpacking is the best! I once planned on backpacking to Manly peak but ran out of daylight.
     
  8. Feb 25, 2014 at 7:03 AM
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    The trail up to Panamint is a difficult one, 7 miles and 3k elevation gain up a river bed, lots of bushwacking waterfall climbing and loose rocks. but the ghost town is one of the best. The last time the road washed out everything was just abandoned.

    this is a pic from last year:
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    this is from this year, the trail up:
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    the cabin we stayed in:
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    there are more pics in this thread:
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/of...0991-weird-cool-stuff-you-found-woods-17.html
     
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    Thanks, I wondered what it look like today.
     
  10. Mar 2, 2014 at 8:00 AM
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    Isn't there a trail leading to Panamint from the opposite direction ?
     
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    There are a few ways in, none of them easy. We take the high adventure scouts this way because of the challenge of the trail, and it is fun.
     
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    I think I need to do a backpacking trip up to Panamint City.
     
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    How do you get that from the brief account? Looks like it could've been a typical deer strike in the dark. Sucks for the animal, but I see no proof of dickery. :notsure:
     
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    Last weeks camping in Cottonwood Canyon, Death Valley. Perfect weather and not another camper for miles!
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  16. Mar 28, 2014 at 6:36 AM
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    ^Awesome!
     
  17. Mar 28, 2014 at 8:09 AM
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    I've been on the Titus Canyon road several times, and that section is a one-lane, narrow, winding, gravel road with large rocks just off the shoulder everywhere. Its not a desert race course. Any responsible driver shouldn't be going over 25 mph. Those animals are very quick and wary. The observation was made at 7:30pm and the estimated time of the incident was around 5:30pm, so it wasn't dark.

    Thats enough circumstantial evidence for 'dickery' for me. :mad:
     
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    Ok, sounds a little more dickish. I don't like seeing animals needlessly suffer from mortal injuries, either. It could've been a bad combination of poor visibility and it jumping right in front of the vehicle, but then I'd wonder why they didn't put it down immediately after impact, or called someone that would.
     
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    Call to the Ranger was made at 6:30 (18:30), not 7:30. Rangers arrived and photographed it at 7:30 (their "observation" in the report).
    They didn't put it out of its misery until 7:55.

    Whoever hit it MAY have been the one to call it in.
     
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    I too have driven that road. If you are driving it at a responsible pace even if a bighorn jumped out you would be able to slow/stop without causing mortal harm.
     
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