I have finally finished up my final report from our February 2014 trip to Death Valley. This particular hike was actually my trip highlight, although it was hard to top the discovery of the Teddy Bear Chollas. After consulting with two other people regarding the informal canyon name for this place, we have assigned it the name Little Arches Canyon. The name is very fitting, as the impressive two medium-sized arches in the lower canyon are worth hiking out to see. I will probably even add this hike to my DV Hiking Recommendations Page for that very reason. This was a very beautiful canyon that is being documented for the very first time here within this report. I hope you enjoy it and have a great summer. The new report for Little Arches Canyon can be found by clicking here or visiting report #110 on the Main Page of the site.
A trip that has been in the planning stages for the past 1 1/2 years will finally take place later this summer as I travel to Greece for my 5th lifetime trip there. On previous trips to Greece, I spent most of my time in Athens. But I also have visited Corinth, Delphi, Meteora, and other areas of interest. I haven’t written up much about my previous 11 trips to Europe here on the site, as this site is mostly about Death Valley. But I do hope to do some write-ups about this trip to include under my Other Hikes section. As part of our time in Greece this summer, we plan to spend nearly a week on the island of Crete. Most people are not aware of this, but Crete has some of the best canyon hiking in Europe. In fact, my planning map lists 124 major gorges. Being that canyon hiking is my favorite type of hiking, I hope to hike and document at least 5 of the major gorges on Crete. The gorges I’m doing extensive research and planning for include Samaria, Imbros, Agia Irini, Aradena, Kritsa, Sarakina, and the Kollita Gorges — which are Kato Poros and Moundros. I won’t be able to get to all of them, but it sure will be nice to do some canyon hiking later this summer. The trip still isn’t for a while, but once I’m there I will try to post some updates here on my blog.
On another note, I still have one more Death Valley trip report to release from my February trip. It documents the major canyon between Red Wall and Palmer. If I could just think of an informal name for the canyon it would be released already…
I’m pleased to let you know that I have finished up Part 3 of my three-part documentation through the areas in and around Nova Canyon and Nemo Canyon. Part 3 features a place that I’m calling the Nova Slots. The Nova Slots are 4 smaller canyons all located in close vicinity to the mouth of Nova Canyon. I probably have 1-2 more days of hiking that I could do in this area to do some further exploration… perhaps in the Spring of 2015, as my Fall 2014 trip is already fully booked up. Later this summer, I will tell you a little bit about my plans for the Fall 2014 trip. Right now, that trip is still 5 months away and I have other trips to plan for first. Nova Slots is currently report #40 on the Main Page or you can read the report right here.
Two days before we hiked Teddy Bear Canyon, we kicked off our exploration of the Nova to Nemo area by hiking a place we are calling Mud Drip Canyon. This was a very interesting hike with featured nice narrows, Bighorn sheep, a secret slot canyon, and mud drip structures. Definitely a very nice hiking day. The report is currently listed as #38 on the Main Page and can also be read by clicking here.