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13 hours ago
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Tunes about Anza Borrego

dsefcik
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I listened to the audio snippet...interesting...thanks for posting and sharing.
22 hours ago
Topic:
Tunes about Anza Borrego

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This is cool. Something to listen to while driving out there.

Marco Minnemann is releasing a CD that is about Anza Borrego, and it features guitar work from Alex Lifeson of Rush, and Joe Satriani.

http://lazybones.com/artists/marco-minnemann
1 days ago
Topic:
2017 Sheep Count info

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All of the sites are in the north end of the park, they do not count in the south end...not that they don't care about the "south" sheep, it is just a matter of staying consistent and I believe the DFG/DFW have their own method of tracking wildlife. I encourage anyone to volunteer that can tolerate 3 long days of sitting still scanning the landscape for BHS in 100+ temps, it can be a great experience or possibly the most boring and miserable thing you have ever done. Many people drop out after the orientation (REQUIRED for first time counters) and count site assignments shift around accordingly.

Hey, happy sheep counting to all the volunteers and thank you for your efforts..!!
1 days ago
Topic:
2017 Sheep Count info

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So for Borrego how is it divided up for the count ? Back it the late 70's I was coming back from Arizona took the S2 at Ocotillo. Theres a a guy afoot at the Carrizo Gorge entrance. His vehicle got stuck in the sand a few miles up. We went in and pulled him out. Said he was to join up with a group for a sheep count.
1 days ago
Topic:
2017 Sheep Count info

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Topic: 2017 Sheep Count info
As mentioned, the sheep don't need water until it gets hot. Also as it gets hot water holes dry up and there are fewer of them that need to be staked out. The count is also ideally before the monsoon rains later in summer.

The other reason is Lamb mortality. They want the count to be after the die off of lambs. Part of the count data compares ewe counts vs lamb and yearling counts to check survival rates since every ewe gives birth to a single lamb every spring.

I think the San Gabriel mountains do a sheep count at a different time of year.
1 days ago
Topic:
2017 Sheep Count info

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Thanks. I was going to sign up this year but thought there might be another time. Never done this. Perhaps next year.
2 days ago
Topic:
2017 Sheep Count info

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Britain wrote:
Question. Why would the count be at this time of year? Or are there other times also?


It's a waterhole count and unless temperatures are above 100, the sheep can get all the moisture they need just by eating plants. Once it gets hotter than the low 100s, they need to come down to the waterholes every few days. Makes for easier counting because animals have to congregate by the water at some point during the survey. So, you are simultaneously hoping for hot weather so you see some sheep, while dreading the potential for really hot weather. Others here have done numerous sheep counts and can speak about the conditions with more authority. I've done one 'unofficial' count in temperatures about 104 for a single day, the day seemed very long until the afternoon, when sheep appeared, and then, time flew by.
edited by ziphius on 6/21/2017
2 days ago
Topic:
2017 Sheep Count info

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Question. Why would the count be at this time of year? Or are there other times also?
3 days ago
Topic:
2017 Sheep Count info

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Hopefully it cools off a little, I mean a lot! It is predicted at 121 Deg. in Borrego Valley today! Look forward to doing it with you guys ( and gals) someday when the dust settles with moving and family issues.
4 days ago
Topic:
2017 Sheep Count info

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Topic: 2017 Sheep Count info
I'll be in upper Palm Canyon, currently looking like 4th grove. It looked like they might have to reshuffle us around as some people were not sure they could commit and might bail out.
4 days ago
Topic:
2017 Sheep Count info

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Topic: 2017 Sheep Count info
dsefcik wrote:
Good to see you counting this year ziphius, I will be at Rattlesnake as usual.
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4 days ago
Topic:
2017 Sheep Count info

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Good to see you counting this year ziphius, I will be at Rattlesnake as usual.
4 days ago
Topic:
2017 Sheep Count info

ziphius
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Topic: 2017 Sheep Count info
Ah, we probably saw each other at orientation.... maybe I'll see you at check-in. Are you counting at 3rd grove? I'm assigned Big Spring as of Sat.

Buford wrote:
ziphius wrote:
Looking forward to my 1st count. smile



Nice. Cool

I will be back for the third year. I think it is cool how some people have done it for 30+ years.

After orientation yesterday I hiked up to just before 3rd grove Palm Canyon. It was a little warm.
5 days ago
Topic:
2017 Sheep Count info

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Topic: 2017 Sheep Count info
ziphius wrote:
Looking forward to my 1st count. smile



Nice. Cool

I will be back for the third year. I think it is cool how some people have done it for 30+ years.

After orientation yesterday I hiked up to just before 3rd grove Palm Canyon. It was a little warm.
5 days ago
Topic:
2017 Sheep Count info

ziphius
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Topic: 2017 Sheep Count info
Looking forward to my 1st count. smile
6 days ago
Topic:
Big Boy between hwy 8

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Topic: Big Boy between hwy 8
Another sweet photo!
6 days ago
Topic:
Rumorosa Baja

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Topic: Rumorosa Baja
There are many beautiful places in Mexico, but I don't really feel safe heading down there, even though I have friends that go there all the time.
7 days ago
Topic:
Rumorosa Baja

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Britain wrote:
Nice to see someone who still braves the Baja!


Haven't done too many trips down there recently but did drive to Los Cabos in 2010 and down to Bahia de Las Animas below LA Bay last fall. The roads are much improved compared to the "good 'ol days" with those legendary car eating potholes smile But those empty pristine beaches now have houses and fences everywhere. Progress?
7 days ago
Topic:
Rumorosa Baja

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Topic: Rumorosa Baja
BTY here's a list of books on the Baja explore. I've read a few. My dad always was looking for stuff to explore while he was down in the Baja.

http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=24136

One that I slightly remember was " Off The Beaten Track In Baja by Erle Stanley Gardner" I may go find it again to read.
7 days ago
Topic:
Rumorosa Baja

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Topic: Rumorosa Baja
Nice! I've been to the ones in the Rumerosa. An engineer who was working for me took us out one summer night in the Salada to show us a few in the Cucapas. All I remember of that trip was it was really hot. Nice to see someone who still braves the Baja!
7 days ago
Topic:
2017 Sheep Count info

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Orientation is tomorrow, June 17th, 9AM-1PM. Info at theABF.org.
8 days ago
Topic:
Rumorosa Baja

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Some serious Baja "Glory Days" posting going on!! Sounds like a lot of amazing stories. Was in Valle de Guadalupe on my honeymoon two weeks ago and definitely have to say lots of great memories new and old down there. Even able to convince the new bride to help me find a Kumeyaay rock art site which she easily found while I was bumbling around in the brush. Can't wait to get back.

P1020766_lrd by tomteske, on Flickr

P1020780_lrd by tomteske, on Flickr

Ruffo by tomteske, on Flickr
8 days ago
Topic:
Rumorosa Baja

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Yep, oh Baja! You guys must have great tales to tell. Britain, sounds like you're the guy to stick with. Rockhopper, your edits hint at stuff better left unwritten...haha.
I remember a two page National Geographic magazine picture years ago that showed a time-lapse pic of the earth from space that showed the lights of humanities presence and the only two dark places on the globe were Siberia and Baja.
8 days ago
Topic:
Rumorosa Baja

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Haha I've spent a little time in a Mexicali jail and Tijuana mostly because of being a gringo. But I do have a permanent residence card now. They now have to give me a ticket. But I do know a lot of folk down there. My wife is/was a Mexican national and our son is an attorney in Mexicali. So I think I got some bases covered!
8 days ago
Topic:
Rumorosa Baja

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Oh Baja, Used to go all over Baja back in the day 1970'- 1990's. My Wife wants nothing to do with it. Too bad, I've gone down with a few of my buddies in the last few years. Man, the stories from Baja. Probably pulled over by Mexican Federaldes over a dozen times over 20 years. Surfboards on the roof or in a van. ( There was a big drug bust back in the 70's with surf boards filled with MJ ) So all surfers were targets for a long time. Great hiking and exploring for sure. It's like going back in time when you leave the populated areas. BE CAREFUL . Lot's of private land. I've been in the Rosarita Jail, Been chased by Mexicans, Almost arrested in Mulege, Paid off the Federaldes multiple times, Had a friend walk off a cliff at night going to take a leak, Too much stuff happened down there to repeat. But I can say 99% of the time was fantastic. I loved Baja.
edited by rockhopper on 6/15/2017
edited by rockhopper on 6/15/2017
9 days ago
Topic:
Volcano Graffiti

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That's Cerro Prieto, the other reason Ancient Lake Cahuilla ever existed at least at the 40 ft. max level. Nearby lava flows presumably acted as a spillway preventing the lake's only outflow from quickly eroding down to sea level which still would have been a huge lake. Anyway, agree nice find.
9 days ago
Topic:
Rumorosa Baja

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Thanks. I envy you the many experiences you must've had down there. Remarkable land to those of us that appreciate desert.
9 days ago
Topic:
Volcano Graffiti

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Went into it in 2000 at that time there was 2 aliens and a space ship, just checked to see if the aliens were still there and now a bird.
9 days ago
Topic:
Rumorosa Baja

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@ImpatientHiker Sorry to hear about your bug. I also have an expensive rig that I take down and worry about it. When my dad retired from the Navy in the late 60's he got some beach property about 200 miles south of Ensenada. I used to bring him down buckets of old spark plugs for fishing weights. Fell in love with the Baja from that time. From 1990 to 2014 worked in the Baja and lived there for about 10 years.
9 days ago
Topic:
Volcano Graffiti

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Nice find!
10 days ago
Topic:
Volcano Graffiti

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I like how we use Google earth to check out circles and things. This is in the Volcano thats about 20 miles south east of Mexicali ( more south than east)
10 days ago
Topic:
Rumorosa Baja

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All those canyons to the east are so beautiful and remote with water, granite, and palm groves. I really miss those times and still dream of the pre-drought azure streams and deep pools that were a result of the early 70's hurricanes. I've heard that most are chocked up or shallow now. Last time I went was up Canyon Carrizo and walked right into a massive, multi-grove, pot grow. They burned my car and I haven't been down there since. As a young man, that bug took me two years to build and really meant a lot to me. Funny how material things mean less and less once you have kids and get older...
10 days ago
Topic:
Rumorosa Baja

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The ranches run those cows everywhere that's for sure. There's even some wild ones roaming about. I've also camped on the east side, wheeled down to Mikes ranch then off to San Felipe. It is a nice area.
10 days ago
Topic:
Rumorosa Baja

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i spent last weekend down there, camped south of el topo. it's a magical place virtually untouched, aside from cow dung everywhere. i loved seeing the profusion of baja fairy dusters (in bloom!) and made a nice loop out of it, returning home via the 3 and ojos negros. of course we made the obligatory stop at marcellos to feast on cheese and an amazing lunch! i highly recommend it!
11 days ago
Topic:
Your Go To AB Book?

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Topic: Your Go To AB Book?
Although I am brand new to this forum, I'm going to step up and recommend a new book you might not have heard of yet. While it is no guide book it is an excellent book on the rock art in the region. Don Liponi and Daren Sefcik did the photography in the book. A lot of the photography is done in a process called DStretch. DStretch brings out pictographs that may no longer be visible to the naked eye. I was a skeptic at first but found there was an app for the iPhone you could use so I tried it out on several trips I have made into the AB and surrounding area and was surprised at the results. If you might be interested in the book, you can find it at the La Rumorosa website. (A disclaimer: I designed the book for Don but that makes me no less a passionate advocate for the quality of the material within the book.)
11 days ago
Topic:
Big Boy between hwy 8

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sheep are common in that area, there is water at the spring (trough) and vehicle collisions do occur....nice photo
11 days ago
Topic:
Big Boy between hwy 8

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"Island" sheep, nice. Makes me wonder how often vehicle collisions occur. What is the 'DC' refer to?
edited by ziphius on 6/12/2017
12 days ago
Topic:
Big Boy between hwy 8

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Wow!
12 days ago
Topic:
Big Boy between hwy 8

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Always like hiking between the 8, this is where the freeway splits going in and out of the desert. Some old mines, the DC marker on the peak and lots of big horn. This one had his eye on me. 100-400mm lens @400mm .
16 days ago
Topic:
Rumorosa Baja

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Yes thats the area, one time there was a lot of campers climbing the tower. Used to camp an canyon de guadalupe, the canyon up to the tower is about a 1/2 mile or so north. Never got out of the canyon, got to the base. Easier to come in from the Rumerosa.
16 days ago
Topic:
Rumorosa Baja

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I used to climb a feature I knew as the "Great White Throne" at the upper reaches of Canyon Tahoe between the late 80's and the mid 90's and this looks like the area behind it. I've always wanted to go back and spend more time exploring that plateau.
17 days ago
Topic:
Rumorosa Baja

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Anyone hike south of the La Rumerosa? Did some hiking in the La Milla area ( El Topo) . Theres a large granite out cropping that's really pretty cool. Some of the area is a national park. Snows in the winter . Has pine trees pretty cool area.
17 days ago
Topic:
Palm Grove Jacumba wilderness

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Never thought about going up the mountain ( at my age prob wouldnt get all the way). Did come down from VOM to Mountain springs. I'll go up to the second palm grove. Ya I carry a head lamp and extra bats for those times you just cant get back before sundown.

So they can looked burnt from the drought? Interesting I thought perhaps a lighting strike. Its been 17 years so lets see whats changed next year.
edited by Britain on 6/6/2017
18 days ago
Topic:
Palm Grove Jacumba wilderness

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A filabusta hybrid, heh? A better answer could not have been hoped for. Thanks for the map / info. smile
19 days ago
Topic:
Palm Grove Jacumba wilderness

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ziphius wrote:
Interesting (if true) that the number of palm oases north of the border are increasing, while the SW region has apparently gotten drier and water tables have fallen. Maybe there has been less browsing of palm seedlings in recent years, as burros, cattle, and other invasive herbivores have been eliminated from the backcountry. I'll have to check out that book by Cornett. - Jim



Something is making the climate farther north more favorable. Apparently the same thing is happening with the Sabal palm in Florida. Hmmm, could it possibly be the unmentionable change??

Wonder as to the source of the new oases. Seed dispersion from landscape palms or from existing palm oases? Maybe DNA could answer that since it's my understanding a lot Washingtonia filifera landscape palms are heavily hybridized with W. robusta making a "filibusta." N.B., not by any means a palm expert but my brother worked for years at a exotic palm nursery so a modicum of trickle down.

Cornett Page 71 by tomteske, on Flickr
19 days ago
Topic:
Palm Grove Jacumba wilderness

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Interesting (if true) that the number of palm oases north of the border are increasing, while the SW region has apparently gotten drier and water tables have fallen. Maybe there has been less browsing of palm seedlings in recent years, as burros, cattle, and other invasive herbivores have been eliminated from the backcountry. I'll have to check out that book by Cornett. - Jim
19 days ago
Topic:
Palm Grove Jacumba wilderness

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The Native Americans did set fires below the Oaks in the higher elevations to rid the trees of insect infestations but not the Palm trees down in the desert. Lighting and wild fires are responsible for the burnt palm trunks we see today. Back a hundred to thousands of years ago the natives used to cut out the low hanging palm frons for shade from the desert sun. ( Imagine the dead palm frons below the crown extending all the way to the ground) Basically a untrimmed palm. The palms also indicated a local water source. Near these palm fron "Rooms" there would be a dug out or walk in well. These wells were buried when word of "strangers" entering the tribes territory.
21 days ago
Topic:
Palm Grove Jacumba wilderness

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Regarding the palms, Washingtonia filifera, they're the only endemic palm in the area. The tall skinny Washingtonia robusta (think Beverly Hills) is found in Baja alone and both are the most popular landscape palms in the world. There's a few ideas about how the palms catch on fire but the only documented ones are lightning and humans. The number of palm oases appears to be increasing and new ones are being discovered father and farther north of the border. There's a neat book on the subject entitled "Desert Palm Oasis" by James Cornett that I highly recommend. Tom
21 days ago
Topic:
Palm Grove Jacumba wilderness

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If you keep climbing another 300 ft up, you'll find another palm grove and if you continue climbing to the top and then head south a couple miles, you'll get to Peak 4004 (a great vista) or make it to Valley of the Moon. Have done it a couple times as a day hike from Old Hwy 80 in the island and it's a great trek through a very desolate area. Was before I had much hiking experience and I did the 10ish mile trip with a couple liters of fiz water and returned in the dark aided with only a tiny flashlight. Had the usual nocturnal meet and greet with BP who thought I was semi-insane. Here's a few pics from 2006:

The upper grove

pictures 007 by tomteske, on Flickr

Heading south

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Atop Peak 4004

pictures 013 by tomteske, on Flickr
21 days ago
Topic:
How Accessible is Coyote Canyon Rd?

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Just went up Coyote Canyon yesterday doing our last Adopt a Wash of the season. Went up to Monkey Hill. Bypass Rd is easy, but annoyingly bumpy. Salvador Canyon had some big rocks to slow you down!
6 fire pits to cleanup along the length of the trip. A couple were burning Ocotillo, one even had stacked up some for the next people that wanted to use his illegal ground fire ring. Everything is cleaned up and gone. Next to that, it was not bad after the crowds of flowergeddon.
22 days ago
Topic:
Palm Grove Jacumba wilderness

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There are quite a few pockets of palms in the Myer/Boulder Creek area. While I have not found anything to confirm, a ranger once told me that palms can look burnt like that after a long drought or absence of water.
22 days ago
Topic:
Palm Grove Jacumba wilderness

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In 2000 spent a lot of time backpacking the Myers area of the wilderness. On the western side up against the mountains to the VOM theres a palm grove. I understand the Indians used to periodically burn them. Must be some Indian ghosts laying about. Location is about 2 miles east of the freeway tunnel at Mountain springs. Anyone else been there> Are these original palms? Plan on going back in next year to poke around a bit more.


23 days ago
Topic:
Desert Sentry

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Next time through time permitting I may go out to see if I can put his hat back on smile
23 days ago
Topic:
Desert Sentry

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Went through yesterday, was still there
23 days ago
Topic:
Desert Sentry

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Britain, when was the last time you can confirm it was still there?
23 days ago
Topic:
Desert Sentry

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A friend of mine said he took his kids to look at it. Said the hat was cement ( no longer on the sentry but was when theses photos were taken.). I would guess Rick and his kids seen it in the 80's. Haven't found anything else about it.
24 days ago
Topic:
Desert Sentry

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Have not seen that one. I have seen similar sentries along old Highway 80 in Boulevard.
24 days ago
Topic:
Desert Sentry

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Haven't seen it, will have to look for it next time....thanks for mentioning it.
24 days ago
Topic:
Desert Sentry

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Anyone seen this? Located off hwy 8. When leaving the desert, and about 1/4 mile from the first Devils canyon bridge, its on the north side about 1000 ft off the freeway. He lost his hat now so he's a bit harder to find. Heard he's been up there for a while.

25 days ago
Topic:
Coyote Mountain crazy wind

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The winds can vary a lot depending on where you are in the valley. I live in the Deep Well area (near the junction of Yaqui Pass and Borrego Springs Roads) and it's usually a lot windier here than in town. I've left home with a 40mph wind blowing to go to the market and over there it's barely more than a pleasant breeze.

A fun alternate way down Coyote Mountain is to hike down the crest of the ridge running east down to Clark Valley. Sounds like it would be much further to get back to your car but it only adds about 1.5 miles. Some really dramatic views into the canyon south of the ridge. A few times it'll look like the ridge ahead of you is about to drop off into space but just keep going. When you get closer to it you'll see it's not insanely steep. You'll pick up a faint trail now and then but it's hard to go wrong even without it. The ridge falls off almost straight down to your left and right so you can only go forward!
25 days ago
Topic:
Coyote Mountain crazy wind

tekewin
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Rockhopper, I think it would have been a different outcome if sand and cactus were airborne. I always ignored those high wind warning signs, until now.
25 days ago
Topic:
Coyote Mountain crazy wind

rockhopper
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Looks like we hiked the exact same path up Coyote Mtn. Great views all the way up. Your kinda in the middle of my favorite desert hiking area. Santa Rosas, Rock house valley, Borrego valley, etc. The winds are always a issue in the spring time. Weather patterns transition from Winter to Summer can bring some darn strong winds to the desert regions. Fortunately you were on rock. Talk to the locals down near Palm desert about san blasted paint jobs on their cars. Lucky you didn't get tagged by the "flying" cactus balls. I been there done that. Tents taking off in a stong gust, foam pads lifting-off, Dome tents rolling across the desert at 40mph with full gear inside! Heck one time I was in a camper shell with huge wind gusts. I normally toss out my stinky walk around camp shoes out side as I climb in the camper shell for the night. In the morning. Gone! blown away.
edited by rockhopper on 5/29/2017
25 days ago
Topic:
Coyote Mountain crazy wind

tekewin
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What a huge bloom just a couple of months ago! I'll check the NOAA site to see if I can figure out the wind forecast. I wonder if Coyote gets stronger wind due to its isolation between higher mountain ranges and wide valleys. I spent some time Friday afternoon off trail around upper Hellhole Canyon and the wind was no more than a breeze.
26 days ago
Topic:
Coyote Mountain crazy wind

MarkG
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It was definitely windy out here on Friday! I've found the wind predictions on NOAA to be reasonably trustworthy and worth checking before planning a hike. But the wind forecast only seems to go about 3 days out.

Here's what it looked like up on Coyote Mountain back in March when the flowers were in bloom:

26 days ago
Topic:
Coyote Mountain crazy wind

tekewin
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I drove down to Borrego Springs Friday morning to hike Coyote Mountain from the normal southeast ridge route. It started out calmly until I hit the second bump when the wind blasted me head on. My guess is it was a steady 30mph, but gusts to 60mph+. I've never experienced wind like that. Hard to move and it knocked me down once. I thought about turning back, but decided to tough it out. The wind didn't stop all the up, though I got some relief below the larger bumps on the ridge. I had a friend driven out of the Mojave for a couple of days in March by strong winds, and I guess I got a small of taste of it. Really awesome views on the way up and from the top. Guess I better start checking the wind forecast. wink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dlp8dJnI3r4











edited by tekewin on 5/28/2017
27 days ago
Topic:
Sleeping with Snakes?

dsefcik
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Amazon, Ebay or GI Joes in El Cajon....
28 days ago
Topic:
Sleeping with Snakes?

sddarkman619
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where does one acquire a bivy like that?
29 days ago
Topic:
Hapaha or Hahapa Flat?

MarkG
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MarkG
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Topic: Hapaha or Hahapa Flat?
Ahh... Indeed I see now that the rest of the book uses the correct spelling. Probably just a typesetter's error on the map.
29 days ago
Topic:
Hapaha or Hahapa Flat?

dsefcik
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Topic: Hapaha or Hahapa Flat?
I think the map in the book is just a mistake, everywhere else in the book it is referenced as Hapaha. People looking at the map probably just propagate the mistaken name.
29 days ago
Topic:
Hapaha or Hahapa Flat?

MarkG
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Topic: Hapaha or Hahapa Flat?
The Wilderness Press "Anza-Borrego Desert Region" map (the one that comes in the Lindays' guide book and is also sold by itself in lots of places) shows it as Hahapa. I have two, both 2006 copyrights, most recent is a 2014 3rd printing, and they're both the same. I think I've seen that spelling elsewhere too but don't recall specifically where now.
29 days ago
Topic:
Hapaha or Hahapa Flat?

dsefcik
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Topic: Hapaha or Hahapa Flat?
I have always known it as Hapaha...old maps show "carriso" gorge and "borego" spring/valley...where are you seeing it as Hahapa?
5/24/2017
Topic:
Hapaha or Hahapa Flat?

MarkG
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Topic: Hapaha or Hahapa Flat?
It always bugs me to see the name showing up different ways on different maps! The state park sign as you enter the flat from Fish Creek says Hapaha. Curious if there's any consensus which is right and which is wrong?
5/23/2017
Topic:
Sleeping with Snakes?

dsefcik
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Topic: Sleeping with Snakes?
GoLite poncho tarp, versatile, lightweight, adaptable, still gets put in my pack for many trips




Tarp tent, rarely used, nice idea but not really practical


BugHut, a good idea, covers sleeping bag and keeps critters out mostly...has a place I suppose for some people, not used much anymore, will probably put on ebay


Bughut pro, too much orange filter on the camera, Turtle mtns


BugHut Pro WITH Tarp Tent in the freezing rain, yeah I was cold, yeah I didn't use this combo again


Ultimately I still stand (well really lay down) behind my military goretex bivy, it has proven itself over and over again in the rain, the wind and the cactus. It weighs as much as a light weight tent but is so simple to pack, setup & breakdown I can do it drunk, hung over and in the dark....curl up and sleep worry free...it is my sleep system for years so far..
5/23/2017
Topic:
Sleeping with Snakes?

rockhopper
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Short Cot story. A buddy and I did a two week trip down Baja in his Toyota pick up with a camper shell. Since it was his truck he slept in the back and I got to sleep out side for two weeks. I brought a cot. No tent. Just a cot and sleeping bag. Star gazing was terrific! But man, hearing all of the wild life running around at night kept me up more than once. Freakyest time was camping near the beach was hearing hundreds of crabs crawling all around and underneath me.
edited by rockhopper on 5/23/2017
5/23/2017
Topic:
Sleeping with Snakes?

cercidium
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have you considered a cot? i've been using the same cot since 2003 and wouldn't trade it for anything. the only drawback—if i struggled to find one—is you're a little cooler in winter when cold air surrounds you. summer, on the other hand, keeps you a bit cooler for the same reason. comfort-wise they're somewhere between a hammock and a bed. backpacking with a cot? forget about it!
5/23/2017
Topic:
Sleeping with Snakes?

RobMay
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Topic: Sleeping with Snakes?
I recently bought an Big Agnes HV UL2 ultralight 2 man tent that weighs under 3 lbs. has doors on both sides and a rain fly. Its light and easy to set up. I haven't been in a heavy rain storm yet because I avoid bad weather when possible. It has good air flow especially when the rainfly is off. Also you can set it up with just the rainfly if you just need shelter from the sun. I just hiked Section A on the PCT with it and it's been great. It cost about $340 on Moosejaw.com.
5/22/2017
Topic:
Sleeping with Snakes?

sddarkman619
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I have the rei minimalist bivy they don't make anymore, no support rod for the chest area though, works great. but I think I am going to get a lightweight tent.
5/22/2017
Topic:
Another Desert Iguana...last one of the season.

Britain
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When I was younger I hung around a group where every summer we were in the sierras. We packed steel weights into the packs in winter hikes to build up the legs for the weight required for a 5 day trip. Recently I hooked up with one of those friends to do Jacumba from Montero. He had the steel weighs. I told him this was going to rather steep. I on the other hand started using freezer zip bags full of sand. Needless to say near the ridge line he died. Were both mid 60's. now, me I just dumped the sand out. I still pack some weight. When on the longer hikes I only pack one extra lens 10-17 wide. Here in the desert most of my weight on an over nighter is water. My daily backpack is a 60ltr a large pack stuffed full of things but I hold the weight to 30lbs.
5/22/2017
Topic:
Another Desert Iguana...last one of the season.

surfponto
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I agree , great picture.
5/22/2017
Topic:
Another Desert Iguana...last one of the season.

tekewin
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Your photos are incredible. I appreciate everyone who lugs around an SLR and gets superior results like this. As much as I'd love to take these kinds of shots, I can't get myself to spend the money or carry the extra weight.
5/21/2017
Topic:
Burrowing Owls

Britain
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Topic: Burrowing Owls
That works. Almost picked up the same a while back. Here's mine sort of. But mounts to the strap. Selfie wife and I.

edited by Britain on 5/21/2017
5/21/2017
Topic:
Burrowing Owls

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This is my usual DSLR carry system...right on the sternum strap.



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5/21/2017
Topic:
Burrowing Owls

Britain
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Topic: Burrowing Owls
Carrying a camera sometimes can be a pain. I use the Capture pro. Mounts onto your backpack harness. Has a quick release to remove and snap away. Keeps camera from swaying back and forth and keeps it out of the way. For me, holds my full size SLR and a medium zoom (17-105). Other lens go in backpack. Before I got the clip, camera stayed in backpack or at home.. If you don't have quick access to camera the good stuff gets away.
https://www.peakdesign.com/capturepro
edited by Britain on 5/21/2017
5/21/2017
Topic:
Sleeping with Snakes?

dsefcik
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I use the military Gore-Tex bivy usually but recently bought an OR Helium Bivy for longer trips since it is much lighter weight and packs smaller and it has worked well and keeps the bugs off.
5/21/2017
Topic:
Sleeping with Snakes?

dsefcik
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Another option for fair weather is just an open air bug tent, I have the old version of one of these Bug Hut shelters and used it a few times in the past.

There is also a full length Bug Bivy, I have an older version that I don't use anymmore.
5/21/2017
Topic:
Burrowing Owls

dsefcik
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Very nice, I have never actually seen one out in the field. I need to start taking my digital camera and zoom lens out again, you have given me a little motivation.
5/20/2017
Topic:
Burrowing Owls

Britain
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Britain
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Topic: Burrowing Owls
Really like photographing these. @ the desert museum near Ocotilllo there will be an "Evening with the Expert" May go to this.
“Evening with an Expert” is on June 17th. This one will feature Marie Barret, a local wildlife biologist with over 20 years experience working with birds of the Imperial Valley. She will be talking about her work with the burrowing owl. RSVPs are required, and the suggested
http://www.ivdesertmuseum.org/index.php/ceramic-art-program/


5/20/2017
Topic:
Another Desert Iguana...last one of the season.

Britain
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5/20/2017
Topic:
Sleeping with Snakes?

rockhopper
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I always use my North Face tent now. I used to bivy on the ground until I got tick bites once, got rained on once, and heard critters running around my head at nite. I don't mind carrying the extra few pounds even on an over nighter. All in all the lower elevation you go the lessand less you need a tent. ( No ticks, snow, etc.) IMHO
5/20/2017
Topic:
Sleeping with Snakes?

sddarkman619
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hahaha...lesser of 3 evils?
So they crawls into your bivy or when you aren't using a bivy? I have a bivy but I don't always close it.
5/20/2017
Topic:
Oriflame to Cottonwood Canyon 3 day BP

sddarkman619
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So that shelter in the photos is the altaplex? Yeah I like tents too because they keep the bugs and snakes out. but just thinking lighter and adventurous. smile
5/20/2017
Topic:
Oriflame to Cottonwood Canyon 3 day BP

tommy750
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sddarkman619 wrote:
what shelter is that? a Tarptent? Looking for a shelter.
where did you park vehicles so they weren't messed with?
Nice writeup thanks for sharing!
edited by sddarkman619 on 5/20/2017


Got an altaplex tent from zpacks.com last year and really like it. It weighs in at 18 oz making it lighter than a lot of bivy sacks. If you're not too tall, their solplex is less than a pound. I like tents because they keep bugs away but obviously there's pros and cons.

We left our vehicles at the Camp Hark ruins. Never have had any problems leaving a vehicle at local sites but not sure about others' experiences.
5/20/2017
Topic:
Sleeping with Snakes?

dsefcik
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Been sleeping on the ground for years, never had a problem with snakes. Mosquitoes can be a problem more than anything else but you can use a flip out net or get a bivy with a built in net. I use a military bivy that the top does not seal up closed, only just flips over. I use and like it mostly for wind protection and to keep cactus off my expensive sleeping bag. I have had several occasions though were I will wake up and find a scorpion or tarantula between my bag and sleep pad.



5/20/2017
Topic:
Sleeping with Snakes?

sddarkman619
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I've been thinking about camping in the desert and what about shelters or snake sin the sleeping bag?
If you use a bivy or just a tarp type shelter what's to stop the snakes from cuddling up with you at night and you waking up to a kiss from one?
My thoughts were having an enclosed tent/shelter so they can't get in, but what if you don't want to be in a tent? Close your bivy? but that gets hot too.
Your thoughts/suggestions?
5/20/2017
Topic:
Oriflame to Cottonwood Canyon 3 day BP

sddarkman619
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what shelter is that? a Tarptent? Looking for a shelter.
where did you park vehicles so they weren't messed with?
Nice writeup thanks for sharing!
edited by sddarkman619 on 5/20/2017
5/19/2017
Topic:
Your Go To AB Book?

Britain
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Topic: Your Go To AB Book?
dsefcik wrote:
I may have gotten a blooper edition, my cover (same as in that link I posted) says "Fourth Edition" but inside it says "Third Edition"


Just received my copy, Cover Fourth Edition..Inside "Thrid" haha edition. Chris signed it for me. Now have this and All the Wild and Lonely Places. Will start digging in now.
5/17/2017
Topic:
How Accessible is Coyote Canyon Rd?

RobMay
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I didn't have any trouble getting through. High clearance and four wheel drive are mandatory. The road towards Alder Canyon was faster than Coyote Creek wash if your heading towards Bailey's Cabin. Drove up Horse Canyon and Alder Canyon as well without issue. We cleaned up a shopping bag worth of trash around the cabin including clay pigeon fragments. Someone shot the no camping sign entering Upper Willows wash with a shotgun. Is shooting allowed in the park? Also, there is a breach in the fence into Upper Willows. A jeep came driving down the wash but they turned around after I told them they weren't supposed to be there. The weather was nice and as always I wished I had more time to explore.
edited by RobMay on 5/17/2017
5/16/2017
Topic:
How Accessible is Coyote Canyon Rd?

Borregolinda
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Been heavily traveled this season. Haven't been in a while but friends tell us is accessible.
5/15/2017
Topic:
What footwear do you use for desert hiking?

dsefcik
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Topic: What footwear do you use for desert hiking?
I have been using Asolo boots for years, I like them and usually get them cheap on Sierra Trading Post. I prefer heavy boots though with Vibram type soles to keep cactus out, I have had cactus go right thru the sole of light weight trail hiking type shoes/boots but much of my travel in the desert is cross country and bush whacking. If I do wear some low cut shoes and shorts Dirty Girl Gaiters are wrapped around my ankles.
edited by dsefcik on 5/15/2017
5/15/2017
Topic:
What footwear do you use for desert hiking?

RobMay
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I wear Vasque hiking boots too. As Buford stated previously, they are durable and I like the protection. As for weight slowing you down, there are few maintained trails so your speed is already going to be slow because of sand, rocks, cactus, and yucca.




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