“Death Valley Discoveries” New Site Page

2009-2019 was a decade of exploration and discovery for myself and friends in Death Valley National Park. Sadly due to park closures because of corona, I was unable to do my planned Spring 2020 hikes in the park. So instead, I’m taking a look back at the past decade. To do so, I put together a special web page as part of my recent Death Valley site updates which highlight my personal 10 most important hikes that resulted in significant discoveries. Places such as White Slickenside, Sunlight Bridge, Double Bridge, and the Smoke Tree Slots. It was a really fun time and I look forward to much more success and fun times with friends in the future. Here is a link to the page.

Death Valley Discoveries

Major Site Updates

As you have likely noticed, the web site is undergoing some major site updates.  The Home page of the site was badly in need of upgrading since it had not been fully revised since 2014 and web sites have changed a lot since then.  The currently published site updates can be seen with the Home page and the first three links on the new Home page menu (which include the Introduction page, new DV Hiking Reports page, and DV Hiking Recommendations page).  Other pages on the new Home page menu will also be revised soon and published over the coming months.  In addition, a new page entitled Death Valley Discoveries will be released highlighting some of the interesting discoveries that my friends and I have made over our two plus decades of hiking in the park.  But currently, the main change is that the 200 DV hiking reports have been moved from the Home page (where they have always been found in the past) to their very own page.  I realize that some people may object to this adjustment as this site has always been complimented on its simplicity and easiness to use, but it was something that had to be done.  I simply had run out of space to include new hikes and it was looking too dated (as well as having too many issues when viewed on tablets and mobile phones).  I will keep you posted here on the blog as more updates are finished and posted.  Just a note that the hiking reports themselves will not be receiving updates at this time.  Below, I’m sharing a picture that I took in Death Valley this February.

An incredible view of Brass BM seen during our recent summit attempt

Gros Morne NP trails (Newfoundland) new report released

Today I am releasing my final hiking report from Newfoundland.  This report covers 6 family hikes that we did in Gros Morne National Park and combines them all into one report.  The new report focuses on scenery, wildflowers, and birds.  It should hopefully give future visitors a glimpse into some of the amazing hiking trails within the park that can be done by families.  To view the new report, click on the link below or visit the Introduction Page here on the site and look under the Canada section. It is currently report #4 listed there.

Gros Morne National Park trails new report

Gros Morne Mountain (Newfoundland) new report released

This evening I am releasing the first of two hiking reports from our trip to Newfoundland over the summer.  This first report documents my solo hike to the summit of Gros Morne Mountain, which is the second highest peak on Newfoundland.  There were so many incredible aspects to this hike with my favorite being the breathtaking views of Ten Mile Pond a short distance after the summit.  To view the new report, click on the link below or visit the Introduction Page here on the site and look under the Canada section.  It is currently report #5 listed there.

Gros Morne Mountain (Newfoundland) new report

Baffin Island Arctic backpacking trip announced

I am happy to report that my next trip to the Arctic has been booked and is on the schedule for the summer of 2020.  This has been in the planning stages for the past 17 months and will finally become a reality.  We will be doing a 10-day 60-mile backpack across Baffin Island through Auyuittuq National Park, which is located in Arctic Canada.  The route begins in Qikiqtarjuaq and ends in Pangnirtung.  It is one of the most remote polar wilderness regions on earth and is very challenging to reach logistically, hence all of the necessary preparation time.  Only about 400 people per year get to visit this area.  Two of the highlights along the route are passing by Mount Asgard and Mount Thor.  The rough topo map below (which I made) shows the general route and rough mileage between camps.  That’s all I’m really going to share for now but I look forward to next summer’s trip and hope to document the route with both hiking report photos and a trip video.  (The route can be done in 7 days but we plan to spend 10 to 11 days in the park and not rush through it.)