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8 hours ago
Topic:
Super steep or steep

deborah
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deborah
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Topic: Super steep or steep
I've only done it from the east following the route in Jerry Schad's book. It was fun, but I do remember that it felt longer than I was expecting. But then, that could have just been my perspective. smile
9 hours ago
Topic:
Granite Mountain West Approach

deborah
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Thanks for posting. It looks really interesting. I like the pictures and commentary. smile
9 hours ago
Topic:
PCT South from Scissors Crossing

deborah
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Oh I love this section of the PCT! I haven't been out there when it's so green though. It must be so pretty. I'm inspired to go check it out.

I've always liked Osprey packs. Glad yours is working out so far. Nice trip report!
10 hours ago
Topic:
Granite Mountain West Approach

tommy750
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Nice TR. Never been up Granite. BTW, who is Norman Glover??
12 hours ago
Topic:
Super steep or steep

Scooter
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Topic: Super steep or steep
Ok I did the Southwest route two years ago. Drive west on Mason Valley from S2, North on Rodriguez Canyon. If you have access to the Earthquake Valley Topo look for the dirt road in section 21 that goes up to the mine. Park near where the old mine road comes down to Rodriguez Canyon. Hike to the mine on the mine road. After exploring the mine gain the ridge to the East and follow it to the peak. A fire a few years back cleared out all the brush on the ridge. This way you bag Granite and tour an old mine. The mine shafts are above building foundations.
13 hours ago
Topic:
Super steep or steep

Britain
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Britain
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Topic: Super steep or steep
Some discussion on climbing Granite mountain. So we have going up, long and steep or really really steep but short. Whats the easiest way up?
16 hours ago
Topic:
PCT South from Scissors Crossing

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Had the day off and decided to head back down and hike the section of the PCT south of Scissors Crossing. It skirts the base of Granite on the north side, crosses Rodriguez Truck Trail and heads up the back of Chariot Mountain. Perfect weather for a long day about 45F at 7am. Wanted to try out new day pack-Osprey Talon 22. It’s a bit heavier than the REI Flash 22 but it has nice hip belts which make carrying more water much more comfortable. Carried 5L with other essentials with zero shoulder soreness.

After about a mile you go through this gate and head straight for Granite.


After about 1.5 miles the trail hugs the mountain and heads west.
Looking back towards the start and Grapevine Mountain.


About 4 miles in looking north west.

Everything out here is so lush. Fern and moss.


About 7 miles in it crosses Rodriguez Truck Trail.

There is a water spigot here. Turned it on and there was flow.


Headed up towards Chariot looking east.


At about the 10 mile mark I stopped for a break.

Looking west you can see the hay road I took a few weeks back.


Some great colors this time of year.


A pine tree on the side of the trail. Anyone know what kind?


A mortero just off the trail as well.


Plenty of campsites used on this section from all the PCT hikers. This one had it’s own hobo stove.


Made it back to the car just before 3. 20.3 miles, 3,320ft gain.


Saw one person on the way back. Good spot during the week to crank out some miles.
20 hours ago
Topic:
Granite Mountain West Approach

Rocko1
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rockhopper wrote:
I am guessing they were mining for Gold? Looks like the same schist formation found in Julian hard rock mining. Nice hike! I really enjoyed hiking all over Granite form the East, West and South. A North approach would be a challenge. Mainly a parking challenge. Where to park your rig? Granite side note: A geologist suggested the Granite mountain was part of the Laguna range and was detached as a fault block and slid away as part of the Salton sink pull apart basin tectonic plate movement, Wow!



I parked off S2 and drove up the Mason Valley Wash just a bit. 33.0104, -116.4605.

On Monday I did a long hike on the north side of Granite on the PCT headed towards Cuyamaca. Was looking for routes up that side but the brush is pretty substantial as are the boulders in the washes. Would have to be from north west-I thought I saw a couple of viable options although much steeper than where I went up.
20 hours ago
Topic:
Granite Mountain West Approach

ziphius
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Nice photos + trip. I bet you're the 1st person to carry a chair up to Granite. smile
20 hours ago
Topic:
Granite Mountain West Approach

rockhopper
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I am guessing they were mining for Gold? Looks like the same schist formation found in Julian hard rock mining. Nice hike! I really enjoyed hiking all over Granite form the East, West and South. A North approach would be a challenge. Mainly a parking challenge. Where to park your rig? Granite side note: A geologist suggested the Granite mountain was part of the Laguna range and was detached as a fault block and slid away as part of the Salton sink pull apart basin tectonic plate movement, Wow!
21 hours ago
Topic:
Sheep, Coyote & Rabbit

rockhopper
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Good to see healthy BHS roaming about. Fantastic photography. Thanks for sharing.
21 hours ago
Topic:
Granite Mountain West Approach

Rocko1
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Britain wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:
Britain wrote:
Nice! Found a firefighter burned handheld radio up near the ridgeline a while back. The Redmans mines are always fun to explore. Theres a Geocache next to the V shaped rock formation near the ridgeline also. That hike is a tough one for me.



Interesting. There are quite a few decent camp spots as you move up the ridge. Would be a good 2 day hike as well. It would be nice to see the sunrise from that ridge.



I did my hike when I was 61. I got to the ridgeline and at the base of the rocky final and ran out of steam. I should have just finished it.

This is a photo about 1/4 mile past the old bed.



Gus is buried in the Julian cemetery.
Geo next to this formation at the bottom

Its a fun place would be good for a 2 dayer



I missed that rock! Very cool area. Such great views from that ridge.
21 hours ago
Topic:
Granite Mountain West Approach

Britain
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Rocko1 wrote:
Britain wrote:
Nice! Found a firefighter burned handheld radio up near the ridgeline a while back. The Redmans mines are always fun to explore. Theres a Geocache next to the V shaped rock formation near the ridgeline also. That hike is a tough one for me.



Interesting. There are quite a few decent camp spots as you move up the ridge. Would be a good 2 day hike as well. It would be nice to see the sunrise from that ridge.



I did my hike when I was 61. I got to the ridgeline and at the base of the rocky final and ran out of steam. I should have just finished it.

This is a photo about 1/4 mile past the old bed.



Gus is buried in the Julian cemetery.
Geo next to this formation at the bottom

Its a fun place would be good for a 2 dayer
22 hours ago
Topic:
Granite Mountain West Approach

Rocko1
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Britain wrote:
Nice! Found a firefighter burned handheld radio up near the ridgeline a while back. The Redmans mines are always fun to explore. Theres a Geocache next to the V shaped rock formation near the ridgeline also. That hike is a tough one for me.



Interesting. There are quite a few decent camp spots as you move up the ridge. Would be a good 2 day hike as well. It would be nice to see the sunrise from that ridge.
22 hours ago
Topic:
Granite Mountain West Approach

Britain
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Nice! Found a firefighter burned handheld radio up near the ridgeline a while back. The Redmans mines are always fun to explore. Theres a Geocache next to the V shaped rock formation near the ridgeline also. That hike is a tough one for me.
22 hours ago
Topic:
Granite Mountain West Approach

Rocko1
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Buford wrote:
That's looks like a fun way to do Grapevine. Thanks for putting up the pictures of the scenery along the way. I can't believe you packed a chair all the way up.



Thanks. After I sat in it a total of 5 minutes I thought the same thing! Just wanted to try it out. I usually just take a sit pad made from a Z-Lite sleeping pad. Weighs 2oz.
1 days ago
Topic:
Sheep, Coyote & Rabbit

Buford
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Topic: Sheep, Coyote & Rabbit
I don't have any real new content from the trip. Just more variations on the pictures already posted.

A palm grove that requires some work to visit:







I know some people on this forum like taking photos of animal scat they find. I don't think anyone has posted it being created, yet.




Loo Flush
1 days ago
Topic:
Granite Mountain West Approach

Buford
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That's looks like a fun way to do Grapevine. Thanks for putting up the pictures of the scenery along the way. I can't believe you packed a chair all the way up.
1 days ago
Topic:
Granite Mountain West Approach

Rocko1
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Had a couple days off and decided to finish my west approach of Granite. I parked a little bit off S2 and took the old mining road up-this time following it all the way to the mines. It had rained the day before. Everything smelled great. Was about 48f when I started, and a bit cooler than that at the top.

Lots of left over metal/trash from the operation.


From what I can tell looks like a 40-60’s era oil can?



This is at the below the mines looking south.


The first most open mine. I was not peaking in for a look.


Second one had a large boulder blocking the entrance. Not sure if it was intentional or not.


On top of the first ridge looking to the east at Whale in the background.


About 3 miles in you hit a pretty dense cactus garden.

Video of how that section looks.- https://youtu.be/s7m0T4cfkVQ



Looking up the ridge. Only obstacle is the dike.




Past that it’s a pretty easy navigation to the peak. A bit of scrambling to get on top of the peak.


Three makers.



Sadly the register that was in the red coffee cans was missing. It was there when I was here in the beginning of the year. I looked around thinking it fell off but no luck.
Good view of Toro with snow.

360 View
https://youtu.be/ABSpjUu5X78
Found a good spot to take a break and try out the new chair. REI Flexlite Air. 16oz. Pretty comfortable!


Down the ridge I go.


Healthy pine tree . Love to see these trees in AB.


More ‘gear’ near the mine. Vintage tall boy?


Sleeping accommodations.


Followed the mine road back to Rodriguez Canyon Rd and then back to the car. It’s pretty good hike.
11.5 miles, 3,400ft gain.



I like this route better than the east side as there is less scrambling. I would be interested to know what they were mining and when the operation was active.
edited by Rocko1 on 12/11/2019
2 days ago
Topic:
Sheep, Coyote & Rabbit

dsefcik
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Topic: Sheep, Coyote & Rabbit
Nice photos..keep them coming...
2 days ago
Topic:
Sheep, Coyote & Rabbit

deborah
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Very nice! Thanks for sharing these.
2 days ago
Topic:
Sheep, Coyote & Rabbit

ziphius
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ziphius
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Topic: Sheep, Coyote & Rabbit
Nice photos! I looked for the coyote for about 15 seconds, figured the rabbit would be all-but-invisible...... fun times. wink
2 days ago
Topic:
Sheep, Coyote & Rabbit

Buford
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Topic: Sheep, Coyote & Rabbit
dsefcik wrote:
Buford wrote:
A sheep, coyote and rabbit all in one picture:

hehe


I couldn't help myself on that one. One more picture, this time with two sheep, coyote and rabbit. I couldn't fit a villager in the frame.



I am struggling with the white balance, ISO noise and colors of the sheep pictures in the shade or backlit. Ms. Lucky 13/722 didn't seem thrilled to wearing the scientist ordered tracking and identification devices:


I got photos of Ms. 619 over the summer a couple miles away from where I found her this weekend:


Ms. 620 wondering why only the females are tagged:



I saw them knock some softball size rocks onto the road below:


Most people drove by and never saw anything.

Playing around with the moonlit landscape:
3 days ago
Topic:
Sheep, Coyote & Rabbit

dsefcik
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Topic: Sheep, Coyote & Rabbit
Buford wrote:
A sheep, coyote and rabbit all in one picture:

hehe
3 days ago
Topic:
Sheep, Coyote & Rabbit

Britain
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Britain
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Topic: Sheep, Coyote & Rabbit
Nice captures!
3 days ago
Topic:
Sheep, Coyote & Rabbit

Buford
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Buford
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Topic: Sheep, Coyote & Rabbit
A sheep, coyote and rabbit all in one picture:



Kind of anyway.


Rain has reached the desert floor. The grass is green in the alluvial fans on the east side of the Ysidro range. Last year at this time the badlands were already in bloom from the fall rain.


Other random pics from exploring:






Hanging out on a power pole just outside of town:


I decided to explore one of the less visited canyons. It was not conducive to hiking with a camera readily available so I missed some wild life shots. I did find some signs of past life:






I wasn't even looking for the sheep, but saw them on the drive home and had to stop for a thousand pictures:







I might post more pics after I go through all of them.
3 days ago
Topic:
Jacumba Mountains

deborah
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deborah
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Topic: Jacumba Mountains
Great photos and post! Love the raindrops in the water.

Yes, it's added to my list! smile It was raining steadily at Kitchen Creek on Saturday. And then in Jojoba Wash on Sunday, only a few drops with great views of the weather coming down on the surrounding mountains.
3 days ago
Topic:
Daughter Shows interest in some hiking

deborah
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That's great! What a fun vehicle for her to learn with.
4 days ago
Topic:
Jacumba Mountains

tommy750
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Topic: Jacumba Mountains
Britain wrote:
Awesome! If that's the hill up the blocked off road north of Montero Palms been up there a while back.. Crossed over to Puff and down.if not cool hike!

Was south of that road and headed more toward Moan but similar area. Really like it up there.


Ziphius, don't mind the rain either, just don't like wind!

Daren, you would have like it since there was a lot of ascending/descending steep rocky slidy stuff smile
edited by tommy750 on 12/8/2019
4 days ago
Topic:
Jacumba Mountains

dsefcik
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Oh..and I guess Deborah can add that area to her list of rainy day trips....Thumbs Up
4 days ago
Topic:
Jacumba Mountains

dsefcik
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Beautiful out there, glad you made it out....of course since it was raining I didn't go...Cool
4 days ago
Topic:
Jacumba Mountains

ziphius
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ziphius
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Topic: Jacumba Mountains
Nice trip + photos Tommy. Never regret getting out during the rain.
4 days ago
Topic:
Jacumba Mountains

Britain
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Topic: Jacumba Mountains
Awesome! If that's the hill up the blocked off road north of Montero Palms been up there a while back.. Crossed over to Puff and down.if not cool hike!
4 days ago
Topic:
Jacumba Mountains

Scooter
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Topic: Jacumba Mountains
Great trip report ! Some really interesting finds thanks for sharing
4 days ago
Topic:
Jacumba Mountains

tommy750
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Topic: Jacumba Mountains
Haven't been able to get out much lately but rain or shine decided to head out yesterday for hike in the Jacumba Mountains. Rained intermittently all day but never enough to put on rain gear.

Rain by tomteske, on Flickr

One of many granitic domes in the area.

Granitic Dome by tomteske, on Flickr

Nice drilled rim sherd.

Drilled Rim Sherd by tomteske, on Flickr

Piece of burnt bone presumably from a burial site.

Burnt Bone by tomteske, on Flickr

View toward Dos Cabezas

Toward Dos Cabezas by tomteske, on Flickr

Tinaja

Tinaja by tomteske, on Flickr

No obvious migrant trails but someone left their cobija.

Cobija by tomteske, on Flickr

Nice pot drop.

Pot Drop by tomteske, on Flickr

Pot Drop 2 by tomteske, on Flickr

Hilltop by tomteske, on Flickr

Agave by tomteske, on Flickr

View looking north with a peek of sunlight.

Looking North by tomteske, on Flickr

Large cairn in the middle of nowhere.

Large Cairn by tomteske, on Flickr

Stumbled on this practice bomb a long way away from the nearest bombing range. This is the tail fins section but not a good view. The rest of the bomb was a few yards away. Interesting find on Pearl Harbor Day.

Tail Fins by tomteske, on Flickr

Practice Bomb by tomteske, on Flickr

Heading home. The truck is parked at the bump just past Palm Canyon Wash. About ten miles and 2.5K g/l and another nice day in the desert. Enjoy! Tom

Heading Home by tomteske, on Flickr
4 days ago
Topic:
Daughter Shows interest in some hiking

tekewin
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Nice!
4 days ago
Topic:
Daughter Shows interest in some hiking

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Thumbs Up !
4 days ago
Topic:
Good places for rainy days

Britain
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Yup dont like hiking in the rain. But the day after is perfect! Winter rains in the desert are usually more on the mild side.
4 days ago
Topic:
Daughter Shows interest in some hiking

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Got here some boots and jeep driving in. Here clutch works needs improvement. But by the end of the day she could drive it but not in the rocks.

I took her on some bunny rabbit trails and one narrow canyon where I had to get her out of. Did a short mile hike to some Indian circles to test the boots. She said they were fine. Probably pack her out on some low impact trails to start perhaps Indian Hill to Powder house.
4 days ago
Topic:
Death Valley 9 Days Trip Report

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deborah wrote:
Nice pictures on your other site too. That's a serious vehicle by the Trona Pinnacles. Do you happen to know what it was for? Looks like someone was on a serious mission. smile
Was just one guy who just bought it and was cruising around. Said some place in Montana builds them off of military vehicles. Pretty interesting for sure.
4 days ago
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Death Valley 9 Days Trip Report

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Topic: Death Valley 9 Days Trip Report
Rocko1 wrote:
Did you make it out to Devils Hole?
Not this trip....years ago with my son however yes.
4 days ago
Topic:
Lower Carrizo Creek

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Topic: Lower Carrizo Creek
Very nice photos...! yes, snow everywhere...Gary and I were out in Pine Valley area, looking towards Cuyamaca
5 days ago
Topic:
Lower Carrizo Creek

Britain
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Topic: Lower Carrizo Creek
tommy750 wrote:
Nice trip Britain. Was out there five years ago (how time flies) in the midst of the tamarisk abatement ( http://www.anzaborrego.net/AnzaBorrego/Forum/topic948-carrizo-badlands.aspx ). Looks like Leckie gained a few rocks and a soda can since I was there. So how much water did you see in Carrizo at "flood stage?"


On another note, I notice your Leckie marker was above ground ours was at ground level.
5 days ago
Topic:
Lower Carrizo Creek

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Topic: Lower Carrizo Creek
tommy750 wrote:
Nice trip Britain. Was out there five years ago (how time flies) in the midst of the tamarisk abatement ( http://www.anzaborrego.net/AnzaBorrego/Forum/topic948-carrizo-badlands.aspx ). Looks like Leckie gained a few rocks and a soda can since I was there. So how much water did you see in Carrizo at "flood stage?"

I remember your trip I think Thanksgiving? If we got an earlier start I would have found a place east to cross. I would guess how deep the flood stage would be how washed out it was in that area. Mud was only about 2 inches deep though some area per trek pole was much deeper. Ill go back later but with an earlier start.
6 days ago
Topic:
Death Valley 9 Days Trip Report

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deborah wrote:
Nice pictures on your other site too. That's a serious vehicle by the Trona Pinnacles. Do you happen to know what it was for? Looks like someone was on a serious mission. smile



That's one of those expedition vehicles that can go anywhere as long as it's open terrain with a city block to turn around and your mechanic and accountant are on speed dial. Mercedes' Unimog and MAN are popular platforms. Big in Europe. Can probably pick up a nice used one for under $500K.
6 days ago
Topic:
Lower Carrizo Creek

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Topic: Lower Carrizo Creek
Nice trip Britain. Was out there five years ago (how time flies) in the midst of the tamarisk abatement ( http://www.anzaborrego.net/AnzaBorrego/Forum/topic948-carrizo-badlands.aspx ). Looks like Leckie gained a few rocks and a soda can since I was there. So how much water did you see in Carrizo at "flood stage?"
6 days ago
Topic:
Lower Carrizo Creek

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Topic: Lower Carrizo Creek
Rocko1 wrote:
What camera/lens did you use?


Haha I pack an assorted of lenses. The camera is a Canon 7D2. I have a quick release system mounted on the pack shoulder strap so I can get to it quickly and it keeps it from dangling. The lenses I use are 18-135mm 10-18mm,, 100mm macro and 100-400mm.. Most of these were with the 18-135mm. Weight of the lenses comes in at about 10lbs.
7 days ago
Topic:
Lower Carrizo Creek

Rocko1
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Topic: Lower Carrizo Creek
What camera/lens did you use?
7 days ago
Topic:
Lower Carrizo Creek

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deborah wrote:
Great pictures! It sounds like it took some work to get around the mud and vegetation in places. On the ridge it looks nice and open. Thanks for sharing.


Well, there was an opening on the west side I'm sure if time allowed Id find one on the east side. Its a low impact hiking area so I plan a couple more trips through the area. The daughter wants to take up hiking so it will be a good start for her.
7 days ago
Topic:
Death Valley 9 Days Trip Report

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Did you make it out to Devils Hole?
8 days ago
Topic:
Death Valley 9 Days Trip Report

deborah
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Nice pictures on your other site too. That's a serious vehicle by the Trona Pinnacles. Do you happen to know what it was for? Looks like someone was on a serious mission. smile
8 days ago
Topic:
Lower Carrizo Creek

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Topic: Lower Carrizo Creek
Great pictures! It sounds like it took some work to get around the mud and vegetation in places. On the ridge it looks nice and open. Thanks for sharing.
8 days ago
Topic:
Lower Carrizo Creek

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Britain wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:
Great pictures. Granite looks fantastic with snow!


Seemed like everything had snow on it.

Whale Peak

Looking over at the entrance to Indian Gorge

Those are great too. What a storm that was.
8 days ago
Topic:
Lower Carrizo Creek

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Rocko1 wrote:
Great pictures. Granite looks fantastic with snow!


Seemed like everything had snow on it.

Whale Peak

Looking over at the entrance to Indian Gorge
8 days ago
Topic:
Lower Carrizo Creek

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Topic: Lower Carrizo Creek
Great pictures. Granite looks fantastic with snow!
8 days ago
Topic:
Lower Carrizo Creek

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rockhopper wrote:
Glad you getting out there and your ankle is getting stronger. Looking at those photos ,I am imaging the thousands and thousands of travelers which for thousands of years took that same route from the Colorado river toward the coast and points beyond. More recently ( past 400 years or so ) Settlers, immigrants and dreamers followed the same trails from Fort Yuma toward San Francisco and other destinations to the North, South and West. Great Granite peak photo too!
edited by rockhopper on 12/4/2019


Someone told me near the station theres a grave of Frank Fox. Need to read up on him. Had 25 lbs in the pack felt good. Yes its good to get out!
8 days ago
Topic:
Lower Carrizo Creek

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Topic: Lower Carrizo Creek
Glad you getting out there and your ankle is getting stronger. Looking at those photos ,I am imaging the thousands and thousands of travelers which for thousands of years took that same route from the Colorado river toward the coast and points beyond. More recently ( past 400 years or so ) Settlers, immigrants and dreamers followed the same trails from Fort Yuma toward San Francisco and other destinations to the North, South and West. Great Granite peak photo too!
edited by rockhopper on 12/4/2019
8 days ago
Topic:
Lower Carrizo Creek

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Topic: Lower Carrizo Creek
Day after Thanksgiving wife and I went out to the creek. My goal was to follow the ridgeline on the south side then drop down head across to the stage station ruins and then up the hill just north where the square ground item is. Probably wasn't a great idea to do this after a winter storm. But fun nevertheless.
Wife getting the first of 6 mylars. We probably could have ended up with around 12 of them.

Some pictures of the creek area from the ridgeline.


Wife never gives up a Geo Marker. So as we passed Leckie she had to go up and get it.


We will go a bit east then cross over the station. Well, that was the plan. About 3/4 of a mile we hit the wash area a 6 foot drop into a mess of
Tamarisk. I didnt have any cutting tools so we headed east a bit and gave up crossing.


Turned around and west along the creek until we found an area to cross. Some of the tamarisk came back with revenge and some didn't. But we found the raging carrizo creek at flood stage. Crossed it found the jeep trail. Late in the day so we headed back to the jeep we parked in canyon sin nombre. The jeep trail soon was underwater. Most of the mud was about 2 inches deep some much deeper. Both sides of the trail clogged with either tamarisk or catsclaw. We crossed back over the jeep trail headed south. Found a loan pair of boot tracks headed east. Ended up at the corner of the ridge just north of Leckie and proceded west along the bottom of it. That was clogged in areas now with catsclaw so at time we were back in the swampbog.


On the way out snapped a picture of Granite off in the distance. It was a fun hike. Got in over 6 miles and the mended ankle did well. Ready for more.
9 days ago
Topic:
Good places for rainy days

Buford
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Desert snow is always awesome. Thanks for the pics.
9 days ago
Topic:
Good places for rainy days

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Desert snow is always awesome. Thanks for the pics.
9 days ago
Topic:
Good places for rainy days

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Awesome pics! Hoping to get out there this week.
10 days ago
Topic:
Good places for rainy days

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Great pictures thanks for posting. Rain and snow really changes the desert landscape.
10 days ago
Topic:
Good places for rainy days

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A few pictures from the weekend. I apologize for the poor photo quality. I was just so fascinated by snow in the desert.

From the ridge above Alcoholic Pass, looking across the north end of Clark Lake at the Santa Rosas.






Pinyon Ridge above Old Culp Valley road.


10 days ago
Topic:
Death Valley 9 Days Trip Report

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Thanks for posting! Great pictures. I love Telescope Peak. The flowers can be amazing in the spring.
10 days ago
Topic:
Good places for rainy days

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rockhopper wrote:
Back in the day before weather forecasting was as good as it is now, we got caught in rain, mud, hail, lighting,and snow. I avoid bad weather hiking if at all possible. Now, hiking right after a storm passes through. Sign me up!



Yes, and I guess it feels different getting caught in "weather" in Anza Borrego versus other places like the Eastern Sierras. It seems a bit tamer, maybe.
10 days ago
Topic:
Good places for rainy days

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tekewin wrote:
Kinda late, but I don't have any suggestions for rainy days other than wait until it stops. I like getting wet as much as a bobcat. The rain hikes I've done were not really planned, just took a chance and the weather did not cooperate. I would avoid gullys and canyons and places your vehicle might get stick.



Oh it's not too late. And I like that expression, "as much as a bobcat". I have a similar feeling about being cold. I like the rain, but if it gets cold too then I'm heading for cover as quickly as possible. smile
10 days ago
Topic:
Elder North first ascent

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Buford wrote:
When I did Collins BM, we came down into the mouth of Salvador canyon to exit. The canyon itself looked some it was worth exploring too.


Yes, Salvador looks interesting. If you go far enough, there is definitely a palm oasis and what looks like a lot of catclaw.
10 days ago
Topic:
Death Valley 9 Days Trip Report

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Great pictures! Looks like a nice trip.
11 days ago
Topic:
Death Valley 9 Days Trip Report

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Looks like a great trip Daren. Nice pics. I like those new K02s.
12 days ago
Topic:
The ABF 2020 ABDSP Photo Contest

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My entries are in. Not sure I made the right choices in what to enter. Not 100% happy with my processing on a couple. Some of my entries have been posted here, others have not been posted before.

All pictures in this post are B sides that were not entered. Hopefully none of these are repeats from previous posts.

This would have been an entry if the action was closer. I was following them for a while hoping they would fly nearer to me. Had to be a huge crop as is. Talons up:




I got a whole sequence of 40 hawk images that were almost good but not sharp enough. I think I posted some already. Here are some more:




One of my earlier pictures. Never got the colors right with the flowers in the foreground and the sun setting on the mountains:


Stereotypical badlands shot:


Never got the caked mud in the foreground the way I wanted it:


I culled through many BHS to come up with just a couple to enter:


















Before I got a real camera I always took cell phone shots on trips. Here are some I almost entered in the cell phone category

Why I hike in potentially bad weather sometimes. Chasing the rainbow off Collins BM into Salvador Canyon:


Chasing rainbows up Ode BM, Kay BM, Sirens, Webo BM and Ted BM all day.



One of the best sunrises I have seen:
12 days ago
Topic:
Death Valley 9 Days Trip Report

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Looks like a great trip Daren, thanks for posting. - Jim
13 days ago
Topic:
Death Valley 9 Days Trip Report

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Buford wrote:
Nice. Death Valley is awesome. Was it crowded leading up to the holiday? I assume the Owlhead area had few if any people?

Lucky the road was open to the Telescope trailhead. We spent Thanksgiving at Mahogany Flats a couple years ago and I did Telescope and Wildrose Peaks.

Those b+w pictures are one style I am trying to replicate digitally and not getting there yet.


More crowded than I expected...but only at Trona and Telescope...everywhere else we saw one car or none. Wildrose was fine while we were there, it snowed the day after we left..pity the couple of cars and hikers that headed up that day, it was windy and miserable. Owlhead mtns road was full of military contractor trucks to the Fort Irwin gate but after that I only saw one other person, I don't think many people go past Saratoga Springs. Death Valley is just vast, the road to the Crystal Camp parking spot was 40 miles one way on dirt roads.
13 days ago
Topic:
Death Valley 9 Days Trip Report

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rockhopper wrote:
Telescope is a nice steady hike. It is between the highest and lowest points of the continental United States with great views in all directions. Glad you missed the big storms rolling trough. Photos are excellent. Glad you had a great trip. Our last week long trip in Death Valley my friends dog fell down a vertical mine shaft as we were walking in a horizontal mine in the Panamints. The dog survived! Even though he fell down about 80 feet, he landed in a soft giant cone of dust. Retrieving the dog was a chore. Went on 6 more days with the dog camping in the snow.
That is sad about the dog but am glad he was fine. My son and I stopped at Minietta on a trip many years ago and he tried to get me to go down some of those shafts but no way would I go down them, just way too sketchy.
13 days ago
Topic:
Good places for rainy days

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Back in the day before weather forecasting was as good as it is now, we got caught in rain, mud, hail, lighting,and snow. I avoid bad weather hiking if at all possible. Now, hiking right after a storm passes through. Sign me up!
13 days ago
Topic:
Death Valley 9 Days Trip Report

rockhopper
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Telescope is a nice steady hike. It is between the highest and lowest points of the continental United States with great views in all directions. Glad you missed the big storms rolling trough. Photos are excellent. Glad you had a great trip. Our last week long trip in Death Valley my friends dog fell down a vertical mine shaft as we were walking in a horizontal mine in the Panamints. The dog survived! Even though he fell down about 80 feet, he landed in a soft giant cone of dust. Retrieving the dog was a chore. Went on 6 more days with the dog camping in the snow.
13 days ago
Topic:
Anyone seen any rodents?

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Topic: Anyone seen any rodents?
dsefcik wrote:
Beautiful..!

One of my favorite places to photograph raptors was the San Dieguito River Valley area on the east side of the freeway from Lake Hodges. Had a redtail gnab a rabbit in front of me once.



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Nice hawk picture.

I have been meaning to check out San Dieguito River Valley and Ramona Grasslands. I want to find a closer and reliable place for raptor pictures. I’ve been practicing on birds at the coast since they are plentiful, but pelicans and gulls aren’t the same as birds of prey. I still miss way more shots than hit and want to improve so I don’t miss out on capturing something like a successful hunt.
edited by Buford on 11/29/2019
13 days ago
Topic:
Elder North first ascent

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Topic: Elder North first ascent
tekewin wrote:
Buford wrote:
Nice work. Must be a real adventure if the Monday Maniacs have not been there yet.



Pretty remote, but not that far from Salvador Canyon. Monday Maniacs turn up everywhere, so it's only a matter of time until they get there.


When I did Collins BM, we came down into the mouth of Salvador canyon to exit. The canyon itself looked some it was worth exploring too.
13 days ago
Topic:
Sunrise Hwy to Granite Mountain

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Rereading the report, I need to explore that area more. Add it to the long list.

Mason Valley Truck Trail was passable last year when I drove up it. It was just slow and bumpy from the rocks but not technical. Thankfully I did not meet any traffic coming down.
13 days ago
Topic:
Good places for rainy days

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Two different trips.

I find the weather forecast for the mountain desert peaks unreliable sometimes. For Indianhead and Sawtooth/Redtop we lost. Other times the forecast has been rain or snow and the storm breaks over the mountains and misses the desert peaks. These have been some of the best and most memorable trips.
13 days ago
Topic:
Death Valley 9 Days Trip Report

Buford
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Nice. Death Valley is awesome. Was it crowded leading up to the holiday? I assume the Owlhead area had few if any people?

Lucky the road was open to the Telescope trailhead. We spent Thanksgiving at Mahogany Flats a couple years ago and I did Telescope and Wildrose Peaks.

Those b+w pictures are one style I am trying to replicate digitally and not getting there yet.
13 days ago
Topic:
Elder North first ascent

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dsefcik wrote:
bow

Nice work....!



Thanks, Darren.
13 days ago
Topic:
Elder North first ascent

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Buford wrote:
Nice work. Must be a real adventure if the Monday Maniacs have not been there yet.



Pretty remote, but not that far from Salvador Canyon. Monday Maniacs turn up everywhere, so it's only a matter of time until they get there.
13 days ago
Topic:
Anyone seen any rodents?

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Beautiful..!

One of my favorite places to photograph raptors was the San Dieguito River Valley area on the east side of the freeway from Lake Hodges. Had a redtail gnab a rabbit in front of me once.



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13 days ago
Topic:
Sunrise Hwy to Granite Mountain

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Very Nice...that is one good day hike!
13 days ago
Topic:
Elder North first ascent

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bow

Nice work....!
13 days ago
Topic:
Good places for rainy days

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meh....I don't like hiking in the rain, I stay home....Cool

@Buford....really? RedTop / Indianhead / Sawtooth? Bit Wonky..
13 days ago
Topic:
Death Valley 9 Days Trip Report

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Scooter wrote:
Had a week long trip planned last spring. All the dirt roads were washed out so postponed until this March. Was able to locate numerous rock art site locations on the internet prior to our trip. Spent the night on top Telescope Peak two years ago, everyone should put that on their bucket list. Thanks for the trip report.

Gary and I ran into one of the park volunteers (206) who asked if we could carry up a new register, the old one was full. The register that is there is new from my 2010 trip and all of the logs have been archived at Cow Creek. I think I have been up Telescope 4 times now.

Turns out a new register was already put in a couple weeks beforehand....we left our Nov dated register also.

13 days ago
Topic:
Death Valley 9 Days Trip Report

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tekewin wrote:
Love the burros! Nice shot of the kilns, too.

How was Telescope? Is there a lot of snow on it right now?

Probably snow now....we hiked the peak the day before all the rain/snow moved in. The hike is easy enough but there is some climbing to do for sure.

13 days ago
Topic:
Death Valley 9 Days Trip Report

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Had a week long trip planned last spring. All the dirt roads were washed out so postponed until this March. Was able to locate numerous rock art site locations on the internet prior to our trip. Spent the night on top Telescope Peak two years ago, everyone should put that on their bucket list. Thanks for the trip report.
13 days ago
Topic:
Death Valley 9 Days Trip Report

tekewin
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Love the burros! Nice shot of the kilns, too.

How was Telescope? Is there a lot of snow on it right now?

I've only been to Death Valley once so most of it is new stuff to me.
13 days ago
Topic:
Good places for rainy days

tekewin
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Kinda late, but I don't have any suggestions for rainy days other than wait until it stops. I like getting wet as much as a bobcat. The rain hikes I've done were not really planned, just took a chance and the weather did not cooperate. I would avoid gullys and canyons and places your vehicle might get stick.
13 days ago
Topic:
Death Valley 9 Days Trip Report

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Gary and I spent about 9 days roaming around Death Valley the week before Thanksgiving, no real plan other than hike around in the desert a bit. Drove out via Trona and hit up Telescope Peak the first day. After that we just kinda picked some locations each night looking at the map. Rogers Peak radio towers, Charcoal Kilns, Jayhawker Cyn, Greene-Denner-Drake Mill Site, Greenwater, Saratoga Springs, Crystal Camp, Skidoo Mill Site, Owlhead Mtns and a few more along the way. I really like the whole Greenwater Valley area and the Saratoga Springs / Crystal Camp area has amazing colors, I totally recommend the Owlhead Mtns area. The Skidoo Mill Site was very cool also but you need to spend some time hiking around to find everything. We got perfect weather and went home just before the big storm rolled in.

I am losing energy these days to write up long trip reports so am just gonna post up a few pics here and you can see more of the trip photos here.

These are all B/W film using a very contrasty Rollie Retro 80s film, I kinda like it personally. Developed with Rodinal. Shot with an Olympus OM-4 and a 30-105mm Zuiko lens.

My last Trip Report for Death Valley was back in 2010, you can read that long trip report here.

Funeral Peak early morning


Saratoga Springs Mill Site, this was a great place to hike around for half a day


Owl Dry Lake, we found several 50 caliber and 20mm casings and the machine gun "belt" clips out on the dry lake.


Black Magic Mine is another great place to explore, here is Gary looking out towards Owl Dry Lake from one of the viewpoints


Greenwater Valley early morning


The feral burros have really taken over many areas of the park and surrounding BLM lands. They have a whole network of deep rutted paths all over out there.


If you like these photos, you can see the rest of them from our trip here https://www.darensefcik.com/Photography/Death-Valley/Death-Valley-11-2019/

I may add color photos also if the mood strikes me.

Total mylar balloons this trip: 5 (color photos on my phone)

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13 days ago
Topic:
Texas trip

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Beautiful country, thanks for sharing, always good to see other areas and wildlife...Thumbs Up
14 days ago
Topic:
Good places for rainy days

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So, I did get out today. I went up Alcoholic Pass and then headed towards Coyote Mountain. The rain was steady for a few hours, then the winds picked up, visibility dropped, and it started raining harder. I decided to turn around before the summit. My toes were getting cold, and I had no real reason to make it a suffer-fest. After the heaviest part of the rain and wind had passed, I warmed up a bit and had a nice walk back. The Santa Rosas and Toro Peak had some snow! They were hidden most of the day by low clouds, but I got a peek at them for a few minutes. I don't know how long the snow might last, but it was pretty cool to see. smile
14 days ago
Topic:
Good places for rainy days

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Buford wrote:
I’ve actually done all the ones I joked about in the rain and hail. Not recommended smile

Rain for hiking is ok in some circumstances. Coarse granite and no mud or clay help, hence Indian Gorge or Inner Pasture recommendations.



Sounds like quite the adventures, especially being out in hail. It's no fun getting pelted when there's no place to take cover. smile
14 days ago
Topic:
Good places for rainy days

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ziphius wrote:
Inner Pasture is always a nice place and the walking investment usually means you have it to yourself. Red Top is no rainy day stroll and my perspective comes from having done El Cajon Mountain 103 times.



Inner Pasture is now on my list. So many places to see...

El Cajon Mountain 103 times! Nice!! smile
14 days ago
Topic:
Good places for rainy days

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I’ve actually done all the ones I joked about in the rain and hail. Not recommended smile

Rain for hiking is ok in some circumstances. Coarse granite and no mud or clay help, hence Indian Gorge or Inner Pasture recommendations.
14 days ago
Topic:
Good places for rainy days

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Inner Pasture is always a nice place and the walking investment usually means you have it to yourself. Red Top is no rainy day stroll and my perspective comes from having done El Cajon Mountain 103 times.
15 days ago
Topic:
Good places for rainy days

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Buford wrote:
Sawtooth and Redtop. Indianhead via Henderson canyon. Those are all possible in pouring rain.

In all seriousness, I would stay out of Coyote Canyon, Fish Creek, Calcite mine road, Arroyo Seco Diablo or Tapiado. Too much potential flowing water, mud or clay. Not good for vehicles or hiking or both.

The driving route into Indian Gorge is fine in rain. Hiking into Inner Pasture via the easy canyon near Stage BM should be good.

Maidenhair is actually a good suggestion. I remember doing it immediately after a rain years ago. The stream started coming out of the ground before our eyes which was cool.


Let's see, Sawtooth, Red Top, and Indianhead Peak in the rain. Maybe throw in Rabbit Peak too just for funsies. wink

And yes, the areas you mentioned sound like good places to avoid in the rain. I really like the Palo Verde Wash / Vista del Malpais area for mellow days, but rain could make it tricky... But Inner Pasture is another place I haven't been to yet.

Thanks for the input!
15 days ago
Topic:
Elder North first ascent

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Nice work. Must be a real adventure if the Monday Maniacs have not been there yet.




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