Today I have released my newest report on a previously undocumented hike in Death Valley. This hike fully explores the 1st side canyon of Fall Canyon. I definitely found some interesting scenery and nice canyon narrows in this canyon. I hope you enjoy the report and check back in a couple of weeks for my next new report. In the meantime, I am continuing to work through updating older reports at a rate of about 5 per week. Keep in mind that older reports that have been updated with the new format are marked on the main page with a green circular button. You can read my brand new report on Fall Canyon’s 1st Side Canyon by clicking here or by visiting report #108 on the main page.
This morning I finished up all of my editing work on my exclusive report of the Buckwheat Dunes. This hike and the report turned out very well and I consider it to be one of the best hikes of our recent trip as well as an important addition to this site. The Buckwheat Sand Dunes report is currently listed as report #161 on the site and you can also view it by clicking here.
I finished up the first of my seven new reports. Starting with this report, I am using a new format for my trip reports with a few adjustments. The adjustments include having a brief overview section before I talk about my own hike. The overview section will have button links to maps (rather than including them on my actual report pages), information about challenges on the route, and GPS coordinates where appropriate to help hikers. I’m also moving the bulk of a report’s pictures into a secondary page to conserve bandwidth and allow for shorter load times of main report pages. Over the spring and summer, I plan to go back through all my reports and update them with this new style. As the reports are updated with the new format there will be a circular green update icon placed next to them on the main page of the site. My new report on The Crack is currently listed as #129 on the main page of the site and you can also read it by clicking here.
We have returned home from our seven day February 2014 trip to Death Valley. The trip turned out very well as we had excellent weather for an entire week with very little wind and pleasant warm temperatures. Over the next 1-2 months, I will be working on some trip reports to document our hikes from this trip. The reports will include 3 reports on the Nova Canyon area exploration which resulted in the co-discovery of the stunning Teddy Bear Cholla gardens. A press release may be issued on our discovery soon. I was told that an outside expert will travel to the park soon to visit our Teddy Bear Chollas and it has been confirmed that this is the farthest north that they have ever been found. The previous farthest north group of Teddy Bear Chollas is actually 200km to the south! I will also be issuing a report on my challenging hikes of the Fall 1st Side Canyon and the major canyon between Red Wall and Palmer (name to be chosen later). For easier family hiking, I will have reports on The Crack in the Funeral Mountains foothills and the Buckwheat Sand Dunes. So there is a lot to look forward to here on the site as we had a very successful trip. As far as future hikes, I am hoping to do a brief two day visit in April, but besides that I don’t expect to return to the park until Nov of 2014 or Feb of 2015 for my next trip.