Live From DV Feb 2013 Trip

I will use this space to post live updates from Death Valley during our February 2013 trip, which began today. We are staying at Furnace Creek this time, which has excellent WiFi. Updates will be daily except in the case where I am overnight backpacking or too tired from long hikes. Since WiFi is excellent, I will try to share at least 3 pictures each day. Many more will be shared in my Trip Reports later.

Death Valley February 2013 Trip

Day 1– Canyon 3

Today we arrived in the park at 1:30pm and headed out to an area I have nicknamed the Ten Canyons Region. To kick off our trip, we wanted to do a short hike into an undocumented canyon. So we decided on Canyon 3, which is just the way I have numbered all of these unnamed canyons that stretch from Cottonwood Canyon wash to Lemoigne Canyon. More on that later in my upcoming report. Canyon 3 is located directly off of Cottonwood Road prior to reaching the drop into the Cottonwood Canyon wash. I had somewhat low expectations going into this hike, but I was pleasantly surprised. The canyon was very interesting… starting out with conglomerate rock narrows and dead-ending at a 20 foot dry fall about 1/2 mile into the canyon. But my friend Tobin found a bypass to get past the dry fall, while I climbed the dry fall. Past the dry fall, we were stunned to walk through a gorge with polished narrows and dry falls (all climbable by those with some minor skills). Then we discovered something interesting which we will be reporting to the park service but not publishing publicly. Finally, the hike ended at a spectacular 40 foot dry fall in the best section of narrows. So a great start to the trip and choice of an undocumented canyon. And this day will always be remembered since it was the first hike I ever took with my son in Death Valley.

Steve and Stefan together for the first time in DV in Canyon 3

Steve and Stefan together for the first time in DV in Canyon 3

Early part of the steep polished narrows

Early part of the steep polished narrows

Dramatic ending to the Canyon 3 narrows

Dramatic ending to the Canyon 3 narrows