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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.
Sredni Vashtar

Social climber
Far West LA & UK
Sep 25, 2012 - 07:14pm PT
From personal experience they have legs and hold their value well, even if just for spares (UK at least). would have loved to have got hold of one of the 'wolf' defender 110 variants the mod sold off in the UK. instead i have an isuzu rodeo which drives like a landy with half the capability
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 25, 2012 - 08:05pm PT
Cosmic,

Gets horrible MPG, 10-12 no matter what kind of driving I am doing. It is set up great for road trips and is a great base camp vehicle.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 26, 2012 - 01:07am PT
Cool thread bump. I never went there but my late father told me some stories of going there. It was kinda strange coming from a suburban engineer type that never got out much.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 26, 2012 - 12:01pm PT
This area is just to the north of the Saline Valley. Great summer climbing.



10b4me

Ice climber
dingy room at the Happy boulders hotel
Sep 26, 2012 - 12:07pm PT
^^^ white mountains?
Karen

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
Sep 26, 2012 - 12:11pm PT
Dapper Dan do you still have the Toyota truck? Great pictures enjoyed looking at them.

Years ago went out to the Saline Valley with my kids, I had no clue it was a clothing optional area. Got there and when I saw all these grotty looking people bare a** naked got the heck our of there, didn't feel like it was appropriate for my kids.
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Sep 26, 2012 - 12:21pm PT
Wow cool looking crag , what is the name of the crag?
doughnutnational

Gym climber
its nice here in the spring
Sep 26, 2012 - 12:23pm PT
I've been going there with my kids since they were little, but I'm kinda "grotty" looking myself. My oldest son still remembers his first long trip to DV at age 5 as one of the best trips ever. I was way more disturbed taking them to Disney Land!
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 26, 2012 - 01:15pm PT
That is the Crooked Creek/Cottonwood Creek area. With the abundance of rock in the Sierras this place sees little traffic but if you have a free weekend and a 4x4 it is worth exploring.
MikeL

climber
SANTA CLARA, CA
Sep 26, 2012 - 01:43pm PT
TFPU! Looks very enjoyable and inviting. The roads look too rough for my F150 with pop-up camper, though.
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Sep 26, 2012 - 08:01pm PT
I still have the white truck , 238,000 miles , still running strong . It's about time for an upgrade , I was offered 4K for it on Craigslist , not bad for a 19 year old rig !
Mtnmun

Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Sep 26, 2012 - 08:32pm PT
The road is a 50 mile horror show. Sane poeople would never visit here, only riff raff are allowed in. Keep your vehicle safe, don't go. Unless of course, if you are bringing the gourmet food and wine and I am meeting you there.
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Mar 18, 2013 - 06:11pm PT
Anybody visited the Saline Valley this season ? I will be going out there next week .

I have reached the Saline through Death Valley / Lipincott Rd. but never from the north . Any thoughts on snow over the approaches from the North , or through the Eureka Valley Sand Dune area ?
Mtnmun

Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Mar 18, 2013 - 06:46pm PT
I was there a month ago. The road was clear from the North Pass and probabally still is. We're heading back out in a couple of weeks. Have a blast!
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Mar 18, 2013 - 07:46pm PT
Thanks Mtn . Ill be there about March 27 - 29 in this big ole' truck ...
Maybe I'll see you out there .
Fish Finder

Social climber
THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART
Mar 18, 2013 - 07:52pm PT
I suppose next your going to tell everyone that it is some kind of surreal desert fantasy


Ha Ha Ha Shhhhhhhh!

All roads clear but there may be some moisture on the passes on Tues- Wed.
franky

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Mar 18, 2013 - 08:05pm PT
We hiked up Little Hunter Canyon on the trail that leads to Bighorn Mine. We crossed into Craig Canyon near the pass on the Bighorn Mine Trail. We then descended the narrows of Craig. It is full value fun canyoneering with sections of limestone slot canyons and a good amount of cold water. A pretty fit party will have no trouble doing this loop in a day. something like 8 or 9 rappels and lots of mandatory cold swimming.

The trail to Bighorn Mine is beautiful all on its own as well.

Saline Valley is cool.
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Mar 30, 2013 - 06:18pm PT

I went into the Saline over spring break . Steele Pass and North Pass were in good shape and snow free. The tubs were busy with the usual assortment of alternative people out there. Also lots of straights , family types , reunions , drifters , moto heads , crunchies , and working types like me ...

Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Mar 30, 2013 - 06:24pm PT



Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Mar 30, 2013 - 06:28pm PT
Michelle

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
Mar 30, 2013 - 06:29pm PT
I love this place.

Michelle

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
Mar 30, 2013 - 06:43pm PT
have fun..? lol

Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Mar 30, 2013 - 06:47pm PT
It was about 90 in the Saline ... It's getting warm . Probably nice up higher though
lars johansen

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Mar 30, 2013 - 06:47pm PT
It's farther from the road than it looks. The canyon running E at the base has some really interesting marble in the left fork. I'll be out there Wednesday.

lars
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Mar 30, 2013 - 06:49pm PT
Dick Erb

climber
June Lake, CA
Mar 30, 2013 - 09:05pm PT
Hey Dan, what is the Lippincot road like? I have heard that is scary. Someone else told us cars have rolled off of it. Others have said it isn't bad. Hunter Mountain Road, to Tea Kettle Junction, left to the Racetrack and over Lippincot into Saline Valley seems like it should be an interesting route.
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Mar 30, 2013 - 09:13pm PT
What kind of vehicle lol !

Any decent 4x4 could make it now . Some tight turns , and a slight washout near the bottom that pushes you toward an edge ...

But seriously , you'd have to be pretty careless to blow it ...

A great road , not too much room to turn around though .
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 30, 2013 - 09:49pm PT
I was out there a few weeks ago. Great weather and good soak.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 30, 2013 - 09:54pm PT
This is a picture of my truck taken by my friend after a glow stick fueled night at the upper springs.
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Mar 30, 2013 - 10:46pm PT
Beautiful photo ... It was a full moon the last few nights . Not as many stars.
part-time communist

Mountain climber
Bishop, CA
Jun 13, 2014 - 07:00pm PT
We hiked up Little Hunter Canyon on the trail that leads to Bighorn Mine. We crossed into Craig Canyon near the pass on the Bighorn Mine Trail. We then descended the narrows of Craig. It is full value fun canyoneering with sections of limestone slot canyons and a good amount of cold water. A pretty fit party will have no trouble doing this loop in a day. something like 8 or 9 rappels and lots of mandatory cold swimming.


I did a solo first descent of an Inyo canyon dropping down into Saline Valley 2 years ago. I called it Black Snake Canyon. It's right in between keynot and mcelvoy canyons and had 15 rappels, and shockingly the biggest rappel was 280 ft. As the Inyo canyons are not known to have big rappels (they do not exceed 170-200 ft.)

Here's a shot of a group I took down on the second descent of this spectacular canyon, and this might explain why I named it "Black Snake Canyon"


heres the top of the 280 ft. rappel on the same second descent of the canyon:


I also did a few other first descents of the Inyo canyons, one of the canyons had very interesting white rock, and a rock feature that had a perfect white/black split in it:



In other news...

the charming bat sign has been updated:


and there was a 6 day old baby burro the last time I went to the saline valley hot springs just this past weekend June 6th-8th


part-time communist

Mountain climber
Bishop, CA
Jun 13, 2014 - 07:16pm PT
OMG!!

I HAVE to get that SV Saline Valley sticker. Pray tell, where did you get it?

the second youngest baby in the pack

Mtnmun

Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Jun 13, 2014 - 08:55pm PT
We were waiting for that baby to be born a month earlier. People were following mom around thinking the day was imminent. Here is the two week old we met in the first week in May. Thanks for the update. Stoked!

PS. What's with the bathing suit?

part-time communist

Mountain climber
Bishop, CA
Jun 13, 2014 - 10:05pm PT
We were waiting for that baby to be born a month earlier.

supposedly, his name is "Ghost".

PS. What's with the bathing suit?


haha...good point

Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Jun 13, 2014 - 10:06pm PT
anybody been out to the racetrack lately??

Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Jun 14, 2014 - 02:05pm PT
what were temps like ?
part-time communist

Mountain climber
Bishop, CA
Jun 14, 2014 - 02:17pm PT
it showed 111 in my car on the drive in as the max

it reached about 106 at the springs that weekend, probably 103-104 being the more accurate high.

Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Jun 14, 2014 - 02:58pm PT
ok nice , only 111*
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Nov 14, 2014 - 07:28am PT
...a few photos from the Saline last weekend











Psilocyborg

climber
Nov 14, 2014 - 08:28am PT
Any advise getting in there with a 2wd 4runner? I have extensive experience driving off road in the desert with 2wd vehicles.
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Nov 14, 2014 - 10:00am PT
Wow, how did I miss this thread. My grandfather (actually, my dad's stepfather, but the only granddad I knew) used to go an annual motorcycle trip to the Saline Valley with 3 or 4 of this old buddies. A bunch of old guys on bikes almost as old. Ancient gear, trash bags for ponchos but having a blast. Always wanted to go.
doughnutnational

Gym climber
its nice here in the spring
Nov 14, 2014 - 05:36pm PT
An easy yes to 2 wd (even a sedan drive carefully) unless there is snow. Haven't been since last winter but check here for fairly current road reports:
http://forum.salinepreservation.org/post/north-pass-6700266?trail=30inter

nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Nov 14, 2014 - 06:08pm PT
>
Ha, I was just in Saline a week ago. No problem with a 2 wheel drive from the north..
Went with two good friends..
Bat pole
and camped with a bunch of Chico friends.
Love, Saline..Love... Death Valley.
Wish i was there right now..
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Nov 14, 2014 - 06:33pm PT
yup , concur , most any vehicle will make it into the Saline from the north or south , no big deal ...

...Lippincott has been tamed :(

A 4x4 would still be handy , but a careful driver in a 2wd could likely make it . It's still steep , narrow, and beautiful , so take care .
Decko

Trad climber
Colorado
Nov 14, 2014 - 09:14pm PT
You know ur getting old when you say "it was like 20 years ago" when we visited this place.

We were two young ski bums from Colorado doing a "Mud season" camping trip from Colorado to SF, (where there was a friend to visit) then back to Co and see as much as we could in-between. I think it was in SF at a real cool bookstore, another dinosaur, we found a book that showed all the hot springs in the country......
After we bought it our mission home was to hit as many as possible....

We got into the Saline Valley somehow from the Sierras and still unsure of our whereabouts decided at the half way mark of our gas tank we would turn around if we did not find this place.
Well an old apple cider jug of water at a turn off and I think a bat we found our way to this oasis.

We were thrown back into the 60's.......

Amazed at the beauty of the valley, (even though as described it was HOT) We must have been there in April/May. The people were very friendly and inviting.

That first days soaking in the pools with the people whom were all quite acquainted with each other invited us to come to the fire that night for a slide show.

Huh a slide show in the middle of the dessert ???

We came to the fire where a large white sheet was hung and when everyone was around the fire, the moderator said ok lets go and started up the generator.

The guy giving the slide show was a historian that had known the entire history of this magnificent valley. He had even hiked the entire length of the first tramway in America to find historic glass slides in dumps from former boom towns.

He researched and knew almost each person in these glass slides he had transposed onto film and then was able to tell the complete history of the valley and how it came to be.

Needless to say this 20 something young couple were blown away...

And because the pictures we took were on well print film....

none to share...







part-time communist

Mountain climber
Bishop, CA
Nov 20, 2014 - 07:48pm PT
Best place on earth.

Its the do anything, say anything, be anything, go anywhere kinda place.






ps. anyone know where I can get a (SV) sticker (saline valley sticker)

ps. Saw some ole' timers this past weekend out there.
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Nov 20, 2014 - 08:11pm PT
yup , one thing you can always count on is old naked people in the Saline Valley :/

...I'll look into the sticker as I want one too
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Nov 20, 2014 - 08:25pm PT
http://www.cafepress.com/mf/37995432/saline-valley-road_sticker?productId=403625746

part-time communist

Mountain climber
Bishop, CA
Nov 20, 2014 - 08:30pm PT
would be great if it was a sticker that just said SV

---less advertising of the place then :)
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Nov 20, 2014 - 08:33pm PT
true
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Nov 20, 2014 - 09:25pm PT
that place is the last known home of the manson family, i hope you were packing a suitable sidearm,
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 21, 2014 - 07:28am PT
Like this? It's seen better days but I wear it with pride.
part-time communist

Mountain climber
Bishop, CA
Nov 21, 2014 - 10:34am PT
yes! Where do I get one of those? :)

Is that a custom made sticker?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 21, 2014 - 11:03am PT
Good news for Desert Rats today - the BLM has not approved the giant energy farm for the
Silurian Valley.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 21, 2014 - 02:05pm PT
It's a custom sticker I had made. Time for a new batch.
part-time communist

Mountain climber
Bishop, CA
Nov 21, 2014 - 02:21pm PT
ugh. Sell me some.
Mtnmun

Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Nov 21, 2014 - 03:19pm PT
Commercializing the Saline with a sticker, what a bunch of knuckleheads. It's full of poisonous snakes and biting bugs and lizards with big teeth. Keep out or people will get hurt.
Psilocyborg

climber
Nov 21, 2014 - 04:24pm PT
why do you need a sticker?
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Nov 21, 2014 - 06:06pm PT
yo Batrock , if you make up that 'SV' sticker let me know how much ... I got some buddies that would go in as well ...

Why?......





















































Why Not !!!
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Nov 21, 2014 - 06:21pm PT
Me and my buddy Perry


A Burro Selfie, eh?

That's Perry's mom in behind, but she was pretty chill about me borrowing her little son for a photo opp.

rwedgee - GREAT photo of the tortoise! What kind is he?
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Nov 21, 2014 - 06:28pm PT
^^^^^^^

what an ass!!!
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Nov 21, 2014 - 06:29pm PT
^^ Smart ass.
part-time communist

Mountain climber
Bishop, CA
Nov 22, 2014 - 10:09am PT
That baby burro was named "ghost" last time I checked with Lord Lizard Lee (LLL)
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Nov 23, 2014 - 11:57am PT
Sign me up for the next expedition! Ya gotta earn the sticker.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 23, 2014 - 01:15pm PT
Working on the sticker now. I'll order them this week.
part-time communist

Mountain climber
Bishop, CA
Nov 30, 2014 - 11:50am PT
goodie!
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Feb 22, 2015 - 03:23pm PT
I went up and checked out the salt tram that used to carry salt out of the Saline Valley , passed it over the crest of the Inyo's , and passed it down to the Owens valley ...





and looking back on the other side out to the Sierra...
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 22, 2015 - 04:47pm PT
Nice pictures Dapper. I was in the Saline last week for a few days climbing and soaking. I have not gotten around to the stickers yet. I'll get right on it.
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Feb 22, 2015 - 05:16pm PT
sounds good Bat... lookin' forward to a sticker !
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Feb 22, 2015 - 05:27pm PT
that tram look like it's in pretty good shape.
part-time communist

Mountain climber
Bishop, CA
Jul 24, 2015 - 08:33pm PT
Sign me up for the next expedition! Ya gotta earn the sticker.

I'm making a custom sticker myself, because I got tired of waiting haha
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Redwood City
Jul 24, 2015 - 08:41pm PT
I want one ! seriously .... how much ?
part-time communist

Mountain climber
Bishop, CA
Jul 24, 2015 - 09:45pm PT
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Redwood City
Jul 24, 2015 - 09:47pm PT
looks great , maybe make the bat bigger?
part-time communist

Mountain climber
Bishop, CA
Jul 24, 2015 - 09:57pm PT
How about this? Wonderfully quirky. I could add some other random small clip art tid bits around the sticker that captures the place and can create a signature SV sticker...

Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Redwood City
Jul 24, 2015 - 10:16pm PT
both look great , I think the one large bat below the SV looks a little better though , either way , great work on the sticker !
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Jul 26, 2015 - 09:54am PT
Replace the higher bat with a fighter plane? A little burro on the right? Next item if going for the busy path might be a scorpion? The simpler cleaner design with just the one bat is more iconic though.
the goat

climber
north central WA
Jul 26, 2015 - 11:13am PT
Is there a "best time" to go? Thinking about flying into Chicken Strip late winter or early spring next year. Any climbing accessible on foot from the airport or hot springs?
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 26, 2015 - 03:01pm PT
I'll take a few too, I'll never get around to doing it myself.
part-time communist

Mountain climber
Bishop, CA
Jul 29, 2015 - 03:27pm PT
So yea, this is my finished product, its simple and sweet and makes the mark and I like the font on this one better





Best time to go would be fall and spring, although less people during the winter months.
Ney Grant

Trad climber
Pollock Pines
Jul 29, 2015 - 04:05pm PT


Story about flying into the Chicken Strip, which I'll never do again:

http://westcoastflyingadventures.com/2010/05/11/saline-valley-hot-springs-the-chicken-strip/
part-time communist

Mountain climber
Bishop, CA
Jul 29, 2015 - 04:20pm PT
yea its a one shot kinda deal lol
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Jul 29, 2015 - 08:53pm PT
Want one for muh new truck.

the goat

climber
north central WA
Jul 30, 2015 - 09:02pm PT
So bring a rake amd do some community work? How much daily traffic does "the strip" see? It sounds like everyone who flies in only stays a few hours or overnight at best. Weird scene?
Inner City

Trad climber
East Bay
Jul 30, 2015 - 10:09pm PT
i want one for our van...we took the kids this last spring...what a trip..where do i send some cash?
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Redwood City
Mar 25, 2016 - 09:44am PT
Keepin it weird...

Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 22, 2018 - 05:11pm PT
Speaking of keeping it weird. I was on a solo trip to the springs last week and around 2am i woke and decided to hit the Wizard Tub since i was up and had it to myself. While soaking I noticed flashes of lights on the ground around the tub but couldn't see where they were coming from. They seemed to be coming straight down onto the ground not from the side. I soaked for another 15 minutes before hitting the rack. Seemed kinda weird but not disconcerting.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 22, 2018 - 05:54pm PT
Peyote?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 22, 2018 - 05:57pm PT
More likely a trip to the opthamologist is indicated.
Saline Historian

Social climber
California
Dec 19, 2018 - 12:31pm PT
Hello Batrock
I have some questions about the Saline Talcmine, can you contact me please.
Tim
tdahlia@juno.com
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Redwood City
Dec 19, 2018 - 02:28pm PT
Saline bump! I was out there in Dec. 2017, can't wait to go back



part-time communist

Mountain climber
Bishop, CA
Dec 19, 2018 - 07:12pm PT
Saline valley Oct. 20 2018

Went with an old timer that used to live in saline valley way back in the day







Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 19, 2018 - 07:18pm PT
Inner City

Trad climber
Portland, OR
Dec 19, 2018 - 09:40pm PT
Those characters you meet out in Saline are incredible. Anyone ever encountered "fun fun Debbie?"

When my wife and I and two of our kids first arrived, she gave us a tour.
She was wearing a shirt and nothing else and my boys were quite surprised by that. When I asked her why she was called "fun fun Debbie," she said:

"I used to like to get into mischief"

Wind storm came up so strong that night, I had to move into the van to sleep, it was whippin'!

Such an interesting and remote place. I am surprised our mini-van was successful in getting us there.

Part-time Communist: I am amazed by your solo first descents out there. That is some wild, dry and unforgiving stuff you are doing. Impressive to say the least.

The desert abides..and doesn't.
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Redwood City
Dec 20, 2018 - 07:43am PT
I'm curious what tub that is...Is that the upper upper tub near Steele Pass?

Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 20, 2018 - 07:57am PT
Dan, thatís the cold artesian well near the lake by the mail boxes.
Just got back from a short trip. The springs were nice, hardly anyone there.
a bit of snow on both passes. A little icy in the shade but not a problem with a 4x4 or AWD.
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Redwood City
Dec 20, 2018 - 09:55am PT
dang Bat are you out there every other month?

Bat have you ever entered the Eureka Valley from the north through the Piper Mountain Wilderness? It's a alternate trail to get some more dirt under your tires.

Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 20, 2018 - 10:25am PT
I try and get out to climb whenever the weather is good. I climbed one day and soaked a day. I have never been through to Eureka that way, I have always gone through Steele Pass or the regular road. I will have to check that out.
M.A.

climber
Willow, Alaska
Dec 31, 2018 - 02:33pm PT
Dapper Dan The artesian well(rock reservoir)in Saline Valley that you posted a picture of was on my Dad's ranch. He had friends bring their big dozer in from Olancha and my family pulled three travel trailers in as well. Dad had the dozer cleared all the bushes out(I have a lot of photos) and Dad's name is inscribed on the right side of the lip(Paul Wopschall). Bill Mann has a great picture of it in his book on Saline.

Aeriq

Sport climber
100-year Visitor
Dec 31, 2018 - 02:50pm PT
Hey Mo! Let us know when the next adventure is happening!

MaidE
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