Lost Canyon Report Released

Following yesterday’s release of our report on Bighorn North, today I am returning with part 2 which covers the stunning hike through Lost Canyon in the Cottonwood Mountains.  Lost Canyon has two incredibly beautiful sets of narrows.  Lost Canyon is currently listed as report #79 on the main page.  You can also read the brand new report by clicking here.  As a bonus for this report, I have included 13 brand new pictures taken in Bighorn Gorge on the same day.  Check back in a couple weeks as I begin releasing my three part series on our Nova Canyon area exploration back in February.

Bighorn North Report Released

Today I have released my newest Death Valley trip report.  This is Part 1 of 2 for my backpacking trip through Bighorn North and Lost Canyon.  Part 2 will be coming along soon, as I will begin working on that today.  Bighorn North is the next major canyon north of Bighorn Gorge and has never been documented before by anybody.  So I think you will enjoy seeing this canyon scenery.  To see the new report for Bighorn North, visit report #78 on the main page or click here.  There is much more to come here on the site, as I still have five brand new hiking reports to release from my Feb trip and April trip.

Days 9-11– Bighorn North & Lost Canyon

My Spring 2014 trip resumed this past week with 3 additional days of hiking in Death Valley.  My additional time in the park was spent doing a 3 day backpacking trip with my friend Curtis (who had previously hiked Dantes View to Badwater with me) on a route that I had been planning for a long time.  On the first day, we backpacked out to the mouth of Bighorn North.  Bighorn North is the informal name I have given to the next major canyon north of Bighorn Gorge.  On the second day, we day hiked up the entire length of Bighorn North, took a side trip to visit hard-to-reach Lost Canyon, and then hiked down Bighorn Gorge to complete a loop back to camp.  On the third day, we backpacked back to our vehicle and drove home. Bighorn North had one nice section of narrows which perhaps equaled the beauty of Bighorn Gorge’s 2nd Narrows.  Lost Canyon has lower narrows and upper narrows which are both amazing.

This was the first trip in which I used my new satellite messenger (DeLorme InReach) in order to keep in touch with family members through 2-way satellite text messages.  The InReach also allowed friends and family to track my entire hike live on a map and see where I was at all times.  Although using the InReach and getting it working required 3 hours of frustrating setup work at home, I was very pleased with the peace of mind that it gave me and am very happy with it.  In addition to the 4 trip reports I still need to write from the February portion of my trip, I now have 2 more reports that will be added from this trip.  Until I can get to the report, here are a few photos from our backpacking trip.

Steve in the narrows of Bighorn North

Steve in the rugged narrows of Bighorn North

Curtis in the middle of the Bighorn North narrows

Curtis in the middle of the Bighorn North narrows

The lower narrows of Lost Canyon

The lower narrows of Lost Canyon

The slot narrows of Lost Canyon (also known as Lost Slot)

The slot narrows of Lost Canyon (also known as Lost Slot)