Greenland 2018

We recently returned from a very successful and enjoyable 17-day trip to Greenland.  The focus of the trip was mostly on hiking and backpacking.  To start with, we spent 9 days backpacking the 100-mile route from Kangerlussuaq to Sisimiut on the Arctic Circle Trail.  The Arctic Circle Trail was quite amazing with a lot of wildlife, great scenery, river crossings, and fun experiences along the way.  Next, we went to Disko Island and did a day hike to a pretty waterfall and interesting area of geology known as Kuannit.  Finally, we went to Ilulissat, which has some of the most impressive icebergs in the world.  Along with doing a midnight sunset iceberg cruise of Disko Bay and spending time whale watching, we also did a one-way hike from Oqaatsut (formerly called Rodebay) back to Ilulissat, and a loop hike of the Ilulissat Icefjord (a UNESCO World Hertiage Site) by connecting the Yellow and Blue Trails.  In the near future, I will share three brand new hiking reports from our trip to Greenland – The Arctic Circle Trail, Disko Island (Waterfall and Kuannit), and the Ilulissat Icefjord Hike.  It will be hard to condense 9 days of backpacking on the Arctic Circle Trail into one single report, but the scenery will be very impressive.

Arctic Circle Trail sample photo

Arctic Circle Trail wildlife sample photo (reindeer)

Kuannit (Disko Island) sample photo

Ilulissat Icefjord Hike sample photo

Grapevine Peak new DV report released

This evening, we are releasing our brand new hiking report documenting the route to Grapevine Peak, the highest peak in the Grapevine Mountains.  This report contains a lot of helpful tips for future hikers and also showcases the spectacular views all around during the hike and from the summit.  To check out the new report, visit report #120 on the Main Page or click on the link below.  I am hoping to return to Death Valley this November to resume hiking.

Grapevine Peak new DV report

Looking ahead to Grapevine Peak from near the 2nd major bump

Wahguyhe Peak new DV report released

Today we have the surprise release of a brand new Death Valley hiking report.  Last weekend, I took a short notice trip to Death Valley to spend the weekend in beautiful Phinney Canyon.  This visit resulted in two brand new Death Valley reports.  The first of these has now been released and it covers Wahguyhe Peak.  To read the new report, check out report #119 on the site’s Main Page or click on the link below.

Wahguyhe Peak new DV report

View of Wahguyhe Peak from the upper reaches of Phinney Canyon Road

Devils Golf Course new DV report released

My final new report to come from the March trip is for Devils Golf Course.  Usually viewed as a tourist sightseeing destination, I set out on a quest to find and document all of the salt pools in the area.  And I was very successful, which made for an enjoyable (but quite challenging) afternoon.  I think you will enjoy the new fully updated report on this interesting area.  To see the new report, visit report #169 on the Main Page or click on the link below.

Devils Golf Course new updated DV report

Telephone Canyon & Jalopy Canyon new DV report released

Today we have released a brand new report on Telephone Canyon located within the Tucki Mountain area.  This new report replaces the old report (which was badly in need of an update) and contains many brand new pictures.  In addition, a bonus part of the Telephone Canyon report features another hike that starts at the same parking area and goes to a place that we are calling Jalopy Canyon.  If you follow this Blog, you may recall the post during my March DV trip where I thought I had found a previously unknown Model T while on this hike.  However, I have now learned that the abandoned car was not a Model T, but it was actually a 1918 Briscoe Touring Car Model B424.  Be sure to check out all the pictures of the newly found Briscoe in the report.  To see the new report for Telephone Canyon and Jalopy Canyon, click on report #8 on the site’s Main Page or you can use the link below.

Telephone Canyon and Jalopy Canyon new DV report

U2’s Fallen Joshua Tree updated report

Our report on U2’s Fallen Joshua Tree continues to be one of the most popular pages here on the site, regularly being among the Top 5 or Top 10 most-visited each month.  During my recent March trip, I was able to return to this location and thus I have published a fully-updated report with a new introduction, new conclusion, and many new photographs.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy seeing the comparisons between U2’s Tree location in 2008 and 2018.  The updated report can be found at #99 on the site’s Main Page, or you can click on the link below.

U2’s Fallen Joshua Tree updated report

U2’s Fallen Joshua Tree as it appeared in March 2018

Ubehebe Colors Loop new DV report released

Today I am publishing yet another full-length brand new Death Valley hiking report.  Although this hiking route is not meant for the general public as noted within the report, I am happy to share some of the outstanding rarely-seen scenery found within the northern Cottonwood Mountains.  This area is informally referred to as the Ubehebe Colors Loops and shows how we connected four canyons in total to explore a vast area in between Tin Mountain and Ubehebe Crater.  The new report is found at #84 on the site’s Main Page or you can click on the link below.

Ubehebe Colors Loop new DV report

An incredible large “mud” natural bridge that we discovered during the hike. Note that this natural bridge does not qualify for our semi-official DV Natural Bridges database due to the composition.

Lee Wash Main Side Canyon new DV report released

Here is the second brand new full-length hiking report from our March trip to Death Valley.  This report covers Lee Wash Main Side Canyon, which is a 1.8 mile canyon that drops off from the Darwin Plateau and connects with Lee Wash.  It is a very dramatic canyon with towering walls full of colors which I was able to explore both from above and below.  One of the most impressive places I’ve seen in quite a while.  The new report can be found on the site’s Main Page at #95 or you can click on the link below.

Lee Wash Main Side Canyon new DV report

Bonus panoramic of Lee Wash Main Side Canyon

Keane Wonder Mine new DV report released

Today we have released our brand new report on the Keane Wonder Mine.  The new report documents the entire Keane area in a loop hike to see as much as possible in one day.  I will likely be adding the Keane Wonder Mine hike to my DV Hiking Recommendations Page in the near future.  I have several other new reports which I am hoping to publish soon.  March and April are my busiest work months, so I didn’t have a lot of time to work on them yet.  I’m also preparing for a 102-mile backpacking trip in Greenland of the Arctic Circle Trail this summer.  But until I can get my next report out, enjoy this one covering Keane Wonder Mine.  To view the new report, click below or visit report #126 on the site’s Main Page.

Keane Wonder Mine new DV report

DV March 2018 Day 4 – Tucki area hiking and Devil’s Golf Course

For my fourth and final day of hiking in DV, I did several smaller hikes.  First, I hiked up an obscure Tucki Mountain canyon located west of the summit.  On the hike, I found a surprising old car in the wash (perhaps a Model T?) and also came face-to-face with a Kit Fox that I surprised underneath a dry fall.  Second, I visited Telephone Canyon for the first time in 9 years in order to get some updated photos.  Third, I spent a couple of hours at Devil’s Golf Course to check on the current condition of Salt Pools.  I ended up finding 5 Salt Pools, 3 of which were mostly closed up and 2 of which were fully closed up and covered by salt.  I will update my Devil’s Golf Course report in the near future with new information and photos from this hike.  I was also reminded of how painful it is to try to walk through this particular area.

Finding an unexpected old car in the wash of a Tucki Mountain canyon

The Telephone Arch is a special natural feature found in the Tucki Mountain area

Finding a fully closed-up Salt Pool in the Devil’s Golf Course area

However, some of the Salt Pools still had openings with water visible