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by pluton
Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Backcountry Navigation
Replies: 12
Views: 6530

Re: Backcountry Navigation

I second the positive experience with the Garmin Montana units. It's biggish, heavyish, and somewhat expensive. They can occasionally be found on sale. Oh, and you don't have to use pay-maps on the Garmin. Free topo and other downloads are available at . I also can vouch for Gaia GP...
by pluton
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Buckwheat Dunes
Replies: 16
Views: 6807

Re: Buckwheat Dunes

Don't forget Ibex dunes
by pluton
Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Park closure?
Replies: 4
Views: 5549

Re: Park closure?

There were stories in the press about how the Zinke DOI Administration was "scrambling" to keep the big-name parks open during the fed shutdown, so as not to irk the park visitors towards being angry with the feds. How the DOI arranged for the individual parks not to put up the usual roadblock signs...
by pluton
Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Flash flood warning near Teakettle
Replies: 1
Views: 2470

Hopefully it'll rain on the Racetrack and help erase the tire tracks.
by pluton
Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Photography Forum
Topic: Q: where can I find large "mud cracks"?
Replies: 7
Views: 8349

You may also find cracked mud fields where the Armagosa River crosses Harry Wade Road, south end of the park. As has been noted, the mud has to dry out to create the cracks.
by pluton
Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:59 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: some of the worst people on earth have visited the racetrack
Replies: 62
Views: 34703

The only civilized remedy would be increased law enforcement. That would require more $$$, which will not be forthcoming from the current political cast of characters. True decline of civility...and [our]civilization.
by pluton
Sat May 07, 2016 1:25 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Vandals in the Ash Meadow Area
Replies: 63
Views: 34681

These folks are an argument for eugenics. Hopefully, some accidents(probably involving alcohol) will cause them to self-eugenicise, therefore canceling their chances of reproducing. I'd be willing to pay 10 or 20 dollars more per year in federal income tax if it went towards enforcement against mo-m...
by pluton
Sat Mar 26, 2016 10:58 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Death Valley March 2016
Replies: 6
Views: 6823

Nice shots with good color. Thanks for posting them.
May I ask: What camera/lens(es) were used to make these shots?
There's a nice range of near/far, wide and close with consistent color throughout.
by pluton
Thu Dec 24, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Save The Castle Mountians Campaign
Replies: 2
Views: 4807

It's too rare of an environment to trash. Let's build the mines in downtown L.A, Atlanta, New York instead.
by pluton
Tue Sep 29, 2015 10:46 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: US Topo GPS phone app
Replies: 15
Views: 12427

Topo Map s and Gaia GPS seem to be decent on iOS, don't know if they are same for Android. They all seem to have an incomplete, home-made feel; certain functions that would seem to be obviously needed AND doable are strangely missing.... Like being able to see all your downloaded, cached maps super...
by pluton
Thu Jan 22, 2015 9:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Christ Sighting in Death Valley help?
Replies: 13
Views: 12359

The video is clearly animation primitively composited with a driving shot.
Good idea for a gag in a horror film.
Sure would be creepy to see that glowing figure in the middle of the sky at night, while driving and tired and bleary-eyed.
by pluton
Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:06 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Fort Irwin Access
Replies: 13
Views: 6316

In late 2006/early 2007, I accidentally strayed several miles onto Ft. Irwin while heading west on the Owl Hole Mtns road. Maybe a couple miles past the 'Class IV Laser' warning sign. I passed a dirt clearing strewn with bomb casings and a few strange abandoned vehicles and shack-like buildings, the...
by pluton
Wed Dec 14, 2011 7:27 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: 5 nights in Death Valley - Thoughts on Agenda
Replies: 7
Views: 5846

Des, You'll have enough time to to get to many, if not most, of your selected locations at the desired time of day, however: As the others have mentioned, the distances to some of the locations are large, and dirt road travel varies from slow to medium. Study the map ahead of time. Maintain flexibil...
by pluton
Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:17 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: getting to saratoga springs
Replies: 3
Views: 3030

I went through it on the way to Ibex Dunes in late April of 2011, and it was bone dry, at least on the surface. No problems. Best to check the DVNP Morning report, and/or call the park HQ just before a planned trip, especially if there has been rain in the area.
by pluton
Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:44 pm
Forum: Desert Survival
Topic: GeoPro - rugged satellite text messaging device with GPS
Replies: 5
Views: 12431

Actually, it costs more than my satphone! See link: ... only=False