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11/5/2013
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Did a 2 day backpack trip from Little Blair over to Alma Wash, one of my most favorite trips in ABDSP so far, awesome backcountry scenery. My son was able to go on this trip also which I am happy about, I enjoy having him go out with me on trips. It was two full days of remote desert hiking, very peaceful and enjoyable.

Here is the approximate route


In my quest to continue devolving as a photographer I brought a 1937 Zeiss Nettar 515/2 folding camera. It is actually a very good camera and has a nice sharp lens, I think it is my new favorite camera. This camera is a 6x9 format and uses 120 size film so I get 8 exposures per roll. Notice the light meter, leather case and focus chart sheet on the ground. This photo courtesy of Craig and his phone camera.


Double exposure prevention mechanism...not on this baby! Ooops....Star trails double exposed with rock art. Kodak Portra 160


This is looking at the Laguna Mountains on our way up Whale Peak. Kodak Portra 160


Spencer staying tough up Whale Peak. Kodak Portra 160


Christopher and Craig heading down the ridge towards Split Rock, Salton Sea way off in the distance. Kodak Portra 160


Sunset from our campsite near Split Rock. Kodak Portra 160


Somewhere in Hapaha Flat taking a break and checking the maps. I took this picture with my polarized sun glasses in front of the lens. Kodak Ektar 100


Looking down an unnamed drainage we hiked up from Hapaha Flat. Kodak Ektar 100


Craig and Christopher smile for the camera. Kodak Ektar 100


Christopher looking back at the ridge we came down the day before. Kodak Ektar 100


Dead Bighorn Ram, photo with digital camera (yeah, I brought my Canon S100 just in case)


Half way down the ridge into Starfish Cove. Kodak Ektar 100


Christopher and Craig at the mouth of Alma Wash, I think this photo sums up the trip, we were all beat by the end of day 2. Kodak Ektar 100


On our way home I had the pleasure of experiencing the red lights of the wind turbines in Ocotillo, can't say I enjoyed it. Photo from digital camera, I ran out of film.


Total Mylar Balloons this trip - 3 and a bonus Radiosonde Weather Balloon


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11/6/2013
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That is a lot of ground to cover in two days. That sheep body/skeleton is very cool but sad to see. Glad you finally got to do the trip. Nice old school camera. I can see doing some interesting double exposures on purpose with that set up.
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Looks like a great piece of country Daren. Glad you got to have your son with you. Congrats on finding another radiosonde, another field trip to the National Weather Service office, heh? That bighorn ram carcass is very cool. What general area was that in? Did you visit / photograph any petroglyphs? - Jim

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Looks like an amazing area of the park.
Bighorn skeleton is cool.

Looks like you have the old camera figured out pretty well.

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Jim (ziphius) wrote:
Congrats on finding another radiosonde, another field trip to the National Weather Service office, heh? That bighorn ram carcass is very cool. What general area was that in? Did you visit / photograph any petroglyphs? - Jim
Yeah, I will be dropping it off at the RB office next time I head north. If you look closely at the ram photo you will see hooves sticking up out of the sand, there was a second bhs buried, mountain lion cache. We followed nice big fresh kitty prints for about a mile in the wash and then we found the ram, we didn't stay around tto long. No petroglyphs.

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Jim (ziphius) wrote:
What general area was that in?
In the Vallecito mountains.

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awesome trip! I thought they didn't make film anymore :0 I have been eyeballing that unamed drainage hike up from hapaha flat for awhile. How tough is the boulder scrambling up the drainage? Do you think my kids could make it up? How much did you explore the small flat on top of the drainage? Looks very interested from the sky and maps.
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dsefcik wrote:
Jim (ziphius) wrote:
Congrats on finding another radiosonde, another field trip to the National Weather Service office, heh? That bighorn ram carcass is very cool. What general area was that in? Did you visit / photograph any petroglyphs? - Jim
Yeah, I will be dropping it off at the RB office next time I head north. If you look closely at the ram photo you will see hooves sticking up out of the sand, there was a second bhs buried, mountain lion cache. We followed nice big fresh kitty prints for about a mile in the wash and then we found the ram, we didn't stay around tto long. No petroglyphs.


Ok, I think I've counted 4 sets of hooves on the main animal, is the extra hoof above and to the right of the animals right horn? That's a beautiful carcass.
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Nolan (anutami) wrote:
awesome trip! I thought they didn't make film anymore :0 I have been eyeballing that unamed drainage hike up from hapaha flat for awhile. How tough is the boulder scrambling up the drainage? Do you think my kids could make it up? How much did you explore the small flat on top of the drainage? Looks very interested from the sky and maps.
It was pretty big boulders requiring both hands and feet, your kids may have some trouble in certain areas but you may be able to find different routes around, we just went straight up. Film is alive!

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Jim (ziphius) wrote:
Ok, I think I've counted 4 sets of hooves on the main animal, is the extra hoof above and to the right of the animals right horn? That's a beautiful carcass.
Try these...but yes...




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Nolan (anutami) wrote:
How much did you explore the small flat on top of the drainage? Looks very interested from the sky and maps.
Sorry Nolan, I did not answer that...we did poke around a bit, did not see much, just a big wide open sandy flat that was gorgeous...that was where I found the radiosonde. Spencer found a huge mylar balloon that had some kind of music player and everytime he walkd a certain way it would go off and start playing, pretty funny....

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11/7/2013
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Pretty easy to see the 2nd carcass now! Lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky bast*rd!! Most mountain lion researchers have to examine an abundance of radio signals from collared cats to find out where the mountain lion is caching its food. Then...they have to crawl on hands and knees through thick brush to actually get to the cache. This is one of the coolest things that you could ever hope to find in AB. smile

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11/8/2013
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dsefcik wrote:
Nolan (anutami) wrote:
awesome trip! I thought they didn't make film anymore :0 I have been eyeballing that unamed drainage hike up from hapaha flat for awhile. How tough is the boulder scrambling up the drainage? Do you think my kids could make it up? How much did you explore the small flat on top of the drainage? Looks very interested from the sky and maps.
It was pretty big boulders requiring both hands and feet, your kids may have some trouble in certain areas but you may be able to find different routes around, we just went straight up. Film is alive!
Nolan, here is a pic of my son and I (from Craig) showing the boulders going up, some were quite large.


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Jim (ziphius) wrote:
Pretty easy to see the 2nd carcass now! Lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky bast*rd!! Most mountain lion researchers have to examine an abundance of radio signals from collared cats to find out where the mountain lion is caching its food. Then...they have to crawl on hands and knees through thick brush to actually get to the cache. This is one of the coolest things that you could ever hope to find in AB. smile
Just FYI, I did report it to the F&G person who tracks the peninsular range. For others who find this kind of thing, F&G like having GPS points of the location and good detailed pictures.

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I found the DStretch version of my double exposure more interesting


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dsefcik wrote:
dsefcik wrote:
Nolan (anutami) wrote:
awesome trip! I thought they didn't make film anymore :0 I have been eyeballing that unamed drainage hike up from hapaha flat for awhile. How tough is the boulder scrambling up the drainage? Do you think my kids could make it up? How much did you explore the small flat on top of the drainage? Looks very interested from the sky and maps.
It was pretty big boulders requiring both hands and feet, your kids may have some trouble in certain areas but you may be able to find different routes around, we just went straight up. Film is alive!
Nolan, here is a pic of my son and I (from Craig) showing the boulders going up, some were quite large.


Thanks much appreciated smile I think that is doable for the kids, but need to keep them close as the real danger appears to be a resident mountain lion.
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11/10/2013
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Nice trip Daren. How many miles was it? That sheep cache is pretty amazing. Tom
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tommy750 wrote:
Nice trip Daren. How many miles was it? That sheep cache is pretty amazing. Tom
Not exactly sure, Craig was tracking it but he lost his GPS coming down into Alma Wash somewhere, probably about 10/11 miles each day...long, tough days.

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