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Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 24, 2012 - 08:11pm PT
For the past 25 years I have been visiting this amazing valley at least 2-4 time a year and sometimes more. Yes the hot springs are amazing and the people interesting and cool but the springs are just a small part of what makes this place so great. Lets hear some stories and see some pictures.



Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 24, 2012 - 08:32pm PT
Do I get a banana for getting close?

Michelle

Trad climber
the f*#king peninsula.
Sep 24, 2012 - 08:38pm PT
You probably have run into my dad at one point. He's been going there for as long as you., or more!
mctwisted

Trad climber
e.p.
Sep 24, 2012 - 08:44pm PT
nice shots batrock, always fun and trippy out there
lars johansen

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Sep 24, 2012 - 09:14pm PT
Nice post Batrock. Been going there since the early 70's.

Enjoy Thanksgiving. Unfortunately I'll be elsewhere.

Best

lars
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 24, 2012 - 11:08pm PT






rwedgee

Ice climber
canyon country,CA
Sep 24, 2012 - 11:23pm PT
Place looks like Madd Maxx, wilde burros attacking at all hours of the knight, booby traps abound, naked people and lawlessness are the norm.
Giant prehistoric lizards....
Can't wait to go back !!!!
F10

Trad climber
Bishop
Sep 24, 2012 - 11:38pm PT
lars johansen

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Sep 24, 2012 - 11:41pm PT
[photoid=264978]
Sheets

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Sep 24, 2012 - 11:42pm PT

Damn, I want to go!

Twice I've tried to get down there but the road or snow was too much for my car. Someday...
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 24, 2012 - 11:54pm PT
Early trips

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 25, 2012 - 12:07am PT
I love that place. Here is a link to a solo moto trip I took earlier this year.


http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=775406&highlight=Saline+Valley
part-time communist

Mountain climber
Sep 25, 2012 - 12:12am PT
Saline Valley is amazing, I did an hour long presentation on Saline Valley for the DPS this past May. Absolutely spectacular place, probably my favorite destination not just for relaxing hot springs and sight seeing (although that is also amazing) but probably my top adventure destination in terms of rugged (jungle magnitude) canyoneering and remoteness. This past April I did a solo first descent straight down Keynot Peak, a canyon that empties out into saline valley, a canyon that gave me 17 rappels, many over 170 ft, with two 250 footers or longer. I never tire of this place, probably been in there over 12-15 times by now.

The people I have met at the hot springs (and their specialized saline vehicles) have been by far some of the most memorable.
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Sep 25, 2012 - 12:39am PT





Mtnmun

Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Sep 25, 2012 - 01:10am PT



landscapes painted Plein Air in Saline Valley.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 25, 2012 - 04:05pm PT









dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 25, 2012 - 06:17pm PT
Camped at the "Upper" hot springs.



About to head up Lippencott.

kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Sep 25, 2012 - 06:23pm PT
Where are all the trees?
Sredni Vashtar

Social climber
Far West LA & UK
Sep 25, 2012 - 06:26pm PT
Bat, props on the land rovers, good looking beasties
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 25, 2012 - 07:06pm PT
Srendi,

Thanks, I have had several over the years and am under no illusion that they are great vehicles but I have been bitten by the bug. I am down to one now, a 1988 Defender 130" Crew Cab. It has an old 3.5 V8 and has been extremely reliable for the last 8 years I have owned it. I have a 3.9 litre V8 sitting in my garage ready to rebuild and install whenever the 3.5 gives out but it is showing no signs of slowing down. This will be my last Land Rover and have no plans on selling it, I will most likely hand it down to my son and daughter for their adventures when they reach driving age.
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