DEATH VALLEY - Michael, Dianne and Bill
Dianne and Michael spend one night at the Mirage and see Cirque de Soliel Love
Friday we do Grotto C. Bill-style
Bill explains the objective is to get up canyon.
But the sit down start is mandatory and not happening for Dianne
Bill's recovering from a broken thumb and fingers so he is bouldering under par.
A little side canyon
Saturday we hike Marble C. with lots of rope just in case something pops up around the corner.
the death plant
the death plant clings to everything with its barbs
Beaver tail cactus
nice layers with a fault line
a dust storm as seen from camp
Sunday we are off to explore a target scoped and planned by Bill
First objective is to climb a peak.
Big horn skull.
After 4 hours of hiking way out there the weather turns bad and we decide to abort the mission. It'll be there next year.
Telescope Peak in the clouds.
Monday we're off to do a less commiting canyon, Coffin.
Coffin drops dramatically at the end.
Photos don't do the 180 ft rap justice.
Don't look now Michael but right above you is pending doom.
End of another fun day.
No rest for the wicked. Last day is Willow Canyon (aka Tamarisk Thrash C.)
Trying to toss over the hanging pool
Bill pulls the rope out of the water and raps on down.
slicker than snot
the death pool
Bill waiting patiently
cooling off for the hike out.
Why not wash our hair for the flight home at 6am tomorrow?
Bill rides off the collect the car.
Looks like a nice evening ride but it was 10 miles into a ferocious headwind that was a good 40 mph at the pass. Bill's the Man!! Thx!
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