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11/5/2014
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A 2 day backpack trip out into Indian Valley and the In-Koh-Pah mountains area with a couple friends. Great weather, saw some wildlife and enjoyed the great outdoors, also tried out my new Fujifilm XE-1 camera. My back is still messed up but I have acquired mostly all ultra light weight stuff now and can keep my pack down to about 20lbs with 2 liters of water, food and some booze....that is about my limit for now. I also carried another 2 liters of water in my hands, so 4 liters total, 2 each day.

Tom and Joel putting on their more than 20lbs backpacks...I know how that goes....


We came across an old cow carcass and Tom was quick to start pointing out how my back was messed up using the cow spine as a visual aid. Apparently this cow had a pretty screwed up back also



Gorgeous views of the desert floor and the surrounding Laguna Mountains. Clouds and light drizzle were moving in.


This was an old runway/airstrip back in the day, you can see the old winsock pipe and harness still standing


A panorama of Indian Valley


Lots of bony scat along the way and many morteros full of scat, what did the native americans do to keep animals from crapping in their grinding holes?



With the drizzle and dark clouds in the sky I picked out a nice boulder overhang to setup for the night


Tom had a real nice tent setup


Joel had a visitor snooping around his tent and backpack...Foxy Loxy had no fear....




Found a few pictos along the way



Whale Peak


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Total Mylar Balloons This Trip - 6


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11/6/2014
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Good-looking fox. How far south into the In-Koh-Pah range did you guys go? I look at the topo lines of that area and get inspired to really get back into the nooks and crannies of the region. Future trip for sure. Looks like some of your scats might have some reptile parts in there, heh? Were those pictos a new find for you?
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I second the cool looking fox comment.
Great find on the pictos also.
Can't believe your back is still messed up, sorry.

Sucks you have to end the trip with a drive thru wind farm hell. upset

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11/6/2014
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Jim (ziphius) wrote:
Good-looking fox. How far south into the In-Koh-Pah range did you guys go? I look at the topo lines of that area and get inspired to really get back into the nooks and crannies of the region. Future trip for sure. Looks like some of your scats might have some reptile parts in there, heh? Were those pictos a new find for you?
edited by ziphius on 11/6/2014

we did kinda farted around the most northern area. I did find new pictos this trip but hey are not much to look at. If you are interested in a trip out contact me via email, I may be going back out tomorrow or Sat.

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11/6/2014
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surfponto wrote:
I second the cool looking fox comment.
Great find on the pictos also.
Can't believe your back is still messed up, sorry.

Sucks you have to end the trip with a drive thru wind farm hell. upset
Yeah, the wind farm...what a mess....

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11/7/2014
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Great fox pics, Daren. Was busy preparing my tent for the deluge that hit Jim (we got a few drops only) so I missed Foxy Loxy.
I can attest my pack was way over 20lbs! Great trip.
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11/7/2014
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Sorry your back is still hurtin. Glad you are still out there. Looked like a great trip.
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11/7/2014
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hikerdmb wrote:
Sorry your back is still hurtin. Glad you are still out there. Looked like a great trip.

Thanks David, hope to see some TR's from you soon.

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11/8/2014
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Great TR. and pics. The foxy fox photos are great!
Sorry your back is still hurting.
This helped eliminate my back pain
http://www.thebackbubble.com/
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11/9/2014
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The picture of Whale mtn is very familiar to me. I often camp along the road very near when the picture was taken from. Beautiful.

I've always wanted to hike into the valley above Canebrake.

-Florian
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Florian wrote:
The picture of Whale mtn is very familiar to me. I often camp along the road very near when the picture was taken from. Beautiful.

I've always wanted to hike into the valley above Canebrake.

-Florian
edited by Florian on 11/9/2014
My son and I have camped in that area many times with that view, a couple times with snow on Whale Peak while we were warm down below. You should hike into Canebrake, it is an amazing remote area and you can get in there via Indian Valley. If you are into lots of hiking, one route is up and over False Sombrero and then down into the valley, another route folks take is from McCain Valley down Pepperwood trail. Either way it is an amazing place.

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