Trip Report
Searching For Ghosts, No Longer A Death Valley n00b!!
Wednesday April 3, 2013 2:48pm
Credit: survival
I've been a desert rat of some kind most of my life. I've been to deserts in many places in the USA and overseas. I've been climbing in California most of my life. But through all of that I've never been to Death Valley. (or surrounding area)

Just about time don't you think?









I've listened to one old timers stories so many times that I had to go find out a little for myself.

The kids were on spring break and they're always up for adventure.
Our first stop was Eureka Dunes!






It's always hard to draw the line between vacation/relax, and adventure go for it. Especially as I get older/lazier!






What a beautiful place though eh? (For those that appreciate barren at least!)









The Last Chance mountains are beautiful!



















So are the biggest dunes in California!










Here we are hiking away from the dunes and into the Last Chance Mtns.






















I have no idea of the name of the canyon we were headed into.






























So easy to lose track of where I am in creating a TR.
Back in a bit!!

That wall up there was HUGE by the way, you just can't tell from the photo.


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survival is a big wall climber from A Token of My Extreme.

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Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
  Apr 3, 2013 - 02:51pm PT
didnt ya go see the "skaters"??
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
  Apr 3, 2013 - 02:55pm PT
Searching for me, were you? I can be hard to see sometimes.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Apr 3, 2013 - 02:59pm PT
didnt ya go see the "skaters"??

No! We had limited time (4 nights) and there's only so much abuse I want to put the Road Warrior through.....







































this just in

climber
north fork
  Apr 3, 2013 - 03:00pm PT
I was just thinking, Survival is starting to piss me off not posting a TR in awhile;-) Death Valley is awesome and a place I need to check out more of. Crazy to think of the covered wagons crossing that stretch of death. Thanks Bruce, great pics as always and more to come.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Apr 4, 2013 - 12:19pm PT
What the hell? Nap time already??!!











The views are amazing no matter where you go it seems.































eKat

Trad climber
  Apr 3, 2013 - 03:06pm PT
WOW, FarmerBruce!

BEAUTIFUL!

TFPU!
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
  Apr 3, 2013 - 03:11pm PT
Nice survival. Not so sure those are the Last Chance... if you were within sight of those dunes I'm guessing it was the Cottonwoods, not Last Chance. But its all nomenclature, out there those names don't mean much.

Leaving for DV... this afternoon in fact. Headed in to... The Last Chance Range!

Nice report, van man.

DMT
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
  Apr 3, 2013 - 03:18pm PT
Survival! Indeed! You were overdue for an adventure report!

Be-youtifully stark-acious ph0tos.

Thank you!
Gal

Trad climber
going big air to fakie
  Apr 3, 2013 - 03:31pm PT
That's awesome, love the desert-great pics.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Apr 3, 2013 - 03:33pm PT
Hiya Dingus!
Well my brand new DV map shows Last Chance Mtns immediately east of Eureka Dunes, and that is where the sun was coming up every morning, so....thought I had it pretty well pegged.
I'm not talking about mtns in the distance sunset wise to the west. I mean the peaks east of the dunes that we hiked into.

Guess I wouldn't be the first to be lost in such a place eh?! HA!!!


































Boy did his first "solo" camp on top of one of the big dunes, to star gaze. Even though the big moon put a hurt on the star gazing.










Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
  Apr 3, 2013 - 03:40pm PT
I stand corrected. Didn't realize those were Eureka. My mistake, bro!
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Apr 3, 2013 - 03:50pm PT
No worries man. Like you said, names almost have little meaning in a place like that.
Just thinking about those first 49ers trying to push through there in their wagons gave me the gawdamn willies!
I've been through enough harsh stuff in life to know that I'm damn glad I wasn't with them!
It's not just Death Valley, it's a few hundred miles east of there and a couple hundred miles west of there! Valley after valley after range after range, holy water shortage Batman!

Girl didn't want to be looked at in the morning, HA!
















































What the hell is the name of this big ass hole? Behebebeebee?




















Next up, Panamints!! (I think...) :0)

this just in

climber
north fork
  Apr 3, 2013 - 05:16pm PT
That black and white shot of the dunes is perfect.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Apr 3, 2013 - 05:23pm PT
Whoa, y'all got snow up here?




Our camp above Wildrose was at 7,000 ft.
Chilly!!









The charcoal kilns were huge! Can't imagine building those by hand in 1870.




















So off we went, to Wildrose Peak.
























Snowball time!
























Picnic time!!













Bonsai time!
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
  Apr 3, 2013 - 05:25pm PT
Beautiful pictures Bruce. Keep them coming.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Apr 3, 2013 - 05:28pm PT
I will! After I run some errands....
































Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
  Apr 3, 2013 - 05:33pm PT
Great pics! Looks like you had a rad time. I only recently did my own excursion into D.V.. I didn't do nearly as much sploring as you did! More like the touristy 2 step.

It was cool to see a very elemental place like that. Like the bones of the earth laid bare.
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
  Apr 3, 2013 - 05:30pm PT
Taken from Steele Pass lookin into the Saline
Taken from Steele Pass lookin into the Saline
Credit: Dapper Dan

Couldn't resist .., I just got out of the Eureka and Saline valleys .

Definitely a magical place ... check out Steele Pass between the two valleys if you get a chance . I'm not sure the van would make it though :)
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Apr 3, 2013 - 07:10pm PT
I'm not sure the van would make it though :)

I was definitely thinking about the old boy. He's got some new parts and is high clearance for a street cruiser, but he's also got over 100k on him. We drove probably 100 miles of gravel as it was. Some of those out there roads are some long stretches!


Nap time again? 9,000 ft makes you sleepy!













TEAM NAP!














It was too cool that we could see Mt. Whitney AND Badwater Basin at the same time!













Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
  Apr 3, 2013 - 07:57pm PT
Beautiful photos, Bruce. I especially like the B&W dunes shot; that one is ready for prime time.

Glad you finally made it out there with your family. It's been a long time favorite of mine and nita's going on many years.
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
  Apr 3, 2013 - 08:34pm PT
Yay! Thanks for the TR! I'm headed there next week. Haven't been there for 7 years so it's overdue.
Phyl
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
  Apr 3, 2013 - 08:53pm PT
Man, I hope you get the help you need with your sand dune obsession! ;-)

There are definitely ghosts there. I heard 'em down this hole...
Credit: Reilly

Betchya didn't find this cabin neither!
Credit: Reilly
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
  Apr 3, 2013 - 08:55pm PT
Great pics bro!
I agree with Timid, that b+w shot is really nice.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Apr 4, 2013 - 01:32am PT
Thanks gang. No Reilly, you're right, I didn't find that ghost shaft OR that cabin! Guess I missed a couple spots...or roughly a couple million acres we didn't get to!




























Doing a little sacred duty and sprinkling a little of Dad in all the wild places we get to.














Another old man we spotted.












A little ghost town action?
























































































Captain...or Skully

climber
in the oil patch...Fricken Bakken, that's where
  Apr 4, 2013 - 01:53am PT
I love the way a Survival TR grows with time. It's like a fine wine, though fine maybe an inapt adjective.
Huge TFPUS, Bruce. I always love your TR's.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
  Apr 4, 2013 - 01:54am PT
GREAT pics and TR, Bruce!!!!
Death Valley is an Awesome place.Solitude galore.

Miss you. Say Hello to Buggs for me.
Leggs

Sport climber
Made in California
  Apr 4, 2013 - 01:58am PT
Fantastic photos, Bruce! Thanks for posting.

I'm lovin' Team Nap . Great moment captured there. ;)
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
  Apr 4, 2013 - 02:24am PT

Hey Bruce, Beautiful..Beautiful pictures!!...

Need a Death Valley fix.... Love that place..Lots of great times in that Spectacular desert....

A really big ....THANKS...

Cheers
nita(-;





spenchur

climber
Flagstaff/Thousand Oaks
  Apr 4, 2013 - 11:50am PT
Some really amazing photo you got there, and I will agree with those above that the B&W dune image is fantastic! The geology nerd in me couldn't get enough pictures of death valley...
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Apr 4, 2013 - 12:03pm PT
Damn it people, I wouldn't go on like this if y'all didn't encourage me...




I love Jebus's comment. That's exactly how I felt down there.
It was cool to see a very elemental place like that. Like the bones of the earth laid bare.





A few more ghost town pics, for Ghost and Reilly??



















































































Tami

Social climber
Canada
  Apr 4, 2013 - 12:11pm PT
Didja go inside the kilns and clap your hands for the sensurround sound thing ? Maybe it was the dooby we'd just finished :-)


DV is Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo gorjuss. Thanks for the TR.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Apr 4, 2013 - 01:46pm PT
Hey Tami, YES I sang inside of a kiln! It was awesome!

Doob-less of course.....


Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Apr 4, 2013 - 02:57pm PT
Great sand dune photos Bruce, Thanks!!!
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
  Apr 4, 2013 - 03:14pm PT
Great stuff, reminds me that I have to get out there again, it has been too long.
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