Well it took over a month due to a busy schedule, but I finally found enough time to finish up the report for part 2 of our backpacking trip to Death Valley in Feb 2019. This new report documents Days 2 and 3 and showcases Owlhead BM, Owlhead BM Slot Canyon, and Lost Lake. Truly incredible scenery from our traverse of the Owlshead Mountains. To view the new report, click on the link below or check out (currently) report #180 on the site’s Main Page.
Last weekend, I returned with my wife and young son for a family trip to Death Valley. As part of this, we did a couple of hikes. First, we did a family hike to Darwin Falls. That means I will finally have an updated report on the area in the near future. Second, my friend Tom from NPS joined up and we did a hike of Death Valley’s newest major summit – Quail BM in the Quail Mountains. And to our surprise, it turned out to be one of the best wildflower hikes that we had ever done in Death Valley. After hearing that it was not such a great wildflower season in Death Valley this year, we were not expecting much in that regard. But the hiking route that we chose through the Quail Mountains just happened to have a spectacular bloom nonstop for 3 straight miles. It was completely beautiful, stunning, and unforgettable. You will see much more in my upcoming report on Quail BM, but for now here are 8 teaser images of one of my lifetime favorite hikes in Death Valley.
For the first time since June 15, 2018, when I released my report for Wahguyhe Peak, I am releasing a brand new Death Valley hiking report. As you may have read in my previous post, we recently carried out an incredible 3-day backpacking trip in the Owlshead Mountains. This new report covers Day 1 of our route, featuring a visit to Never-Ending Ever-Changing Canyon. Part 2 will be coming along soon and will cover Days 2 and 3 together. Is anyone out there up for an epic 25 mile round-trip day hike? Because that’s what it takes to see this amazing canyon in one day. Of course, it’s better off done as a backpacking trip up Wingate Wash. Which is, in my opinion, one of the best backpacking destinations in Death Valley despite there being no water available anywhere along the route. The new report for Never-Ending Ever-Changing can be found by visiting report #179 on the Main Page. Or you can click on the direct link below.
Below I am sharing a few teaser images from our recent visit to Death Valley showcasing some newly-explored slot canyons in advance of the more detailed reports to come later. For Days 1-3, we backpacked (while carrying nearly 5 gallons of water each) and explored 33 miles of seldom-visited terrain in between Warm Springs Rd and Owlshead Mountains Rd. We did this by hiking up Wingate Wash, turning off to the south and exploring four small canyons, crossing over the range and reaching the summit of Owlhead BM, and then concluding by hiking across the entire length of Lost Lake to our second vehicle. Along the way, we explored Never-Ending Ever-Changing Canyon, Wingate Slot 4, White Ring Hill Canyon, and Owlhead BM Slot Canyon. On Day 4, we did a natural bridge check in Eureka Valley which turned out to be a massive fallen boulder (collapsed canyon wall) across the wash and then we explored a place I’m calling Symmetry Canyon. It was freezing cold, windy nonstop, challenging with so much weight, but worth all the effort to see such beautiful rarely-explored places in the park. And this was my friend Jordan’s first-ever lifetime backpacking trip. The upcoming reports will detail our 3-day backpacking trip in two parts: Never-Ending Ever-Changing Canyon and Owlhead BM will be the titles.
Today I am releasing my second of three reports from Greenland. This new report features Disko Island, particularly the interesting area of Kuannit that is found there. I’m sure that everyone who is interested in geology will enjoy checking it out. Greenland was such an incredible place with great diversity in landscapes. As a side note, I was hoping to return to the Arctic this summer to visit Svalbard and then in the summer of 2020 backpack the 62-mile one-way route of Akshayuk Pass on Baffin Island in Canada. However, due to circumstances, I’m going to just focus on achieving the Baffin Island backpack next summer to see Mount Thor and Mount Asgard. Also, for those wondering about Death Valley, I have not yet been able to return there this hiking season. I am hoping to do so soon, as I have a number of hikes fully planned out and ready to go. To check out our second Greenland report, check out report #13 on the Introduction Page under the Europe and Greenland heading. Or you can click on the link below.
Before I publish my other two Greenland hiking reports, I needed to go back and finish up my three Easter Island reports from our Jan 2018 trip. Here is the first of the three overdue reports. You might recall that I earlier published a report for the Maunga Terevaka Trail (highest point on Easter Island) about 8 months ago. This next report covers the Rano Kau Trail, which we did as a family hike while on Easter Island. I’ve also included some bonus photos taken of the motus adjacent Orongo and also some pretty sunsets that we enjoyed at Tahai. To see the new report, check out report #19 under the South Pacific section on the Introduction Page. Or you can click on the link below.