Several media outlets around the world have recently been publishing articles about Lake Manly. As part of this, they have contacted me for interviews and comments relating to Lake Manly and kayaking on it. Lake Manly most recently appeared in October of 2015, but my kayaking trip was in March of 2010, with the help of Death Valley hiking regular Dave. Hopefully some of you had a chance to canoe or kayak across Lake Manly during its appearance 7 months ago. Here are some links to a couple of the Lake Manly articles if you’d like to read them.
Author Michel Digonnet has released an updated version of his book “Hiking Death Valley”. For the benefit of my blog readers, I thought I would post a review and share some details about the book with you. This update is officially being called the Second edition (dated March 2016) because there have been some large-scale changes to the book. For starters, the front and back images have been changed out. Instead of a picture of the narrows of Fall Canyon, the updated book now has a picture of the Mesquite Sand Dunes (fortunately without any human footprints). And the back cover now features a panoramic image of Mount Perry. Inside the book, I was surprised to personally receive an acknowledgment of thanks for a few suggestions that I had made. As for the book chapters, this is where the biggest adjustments have been made. A number of chapters have been removed (as they were shifted over to the book “Hiking Western Death Valley”) and a number of new chapters have been added. Here are the chapter additions that I have noticed.
- Grapevine Mountains – added Moonlight Canyon, Wahguyhe Peak, and Thimble Peak.
- Funeral Mountains – added Funeral Slot Canyon. Also, a note was posted in the Keane Wonder Mine section that “the area is expected to be reopened in 2016”.
- Black Mountains – added Mount Perry and Sidewinder Canyon.
- Cottonwood Mountains – added Leaning Rock, merged Marble Canyon chapters into one, and added Towne Peak.
- Panamint Mountains – added Butte Valley and Needle Peak.
- Owlshead Mountains – added entire new section which includes Contact Canyon, Sand Canyon, Manganese Ridge, Lost Lake, Owl Peak, and The Crystal Hills.
I have read over many of the new chapters already and really enjoyed them. Moonlight Canyon and Wahguyhe Peak were two excellent chapters which really make me want to get back out to that area soon. My favorite addition, of course, was the new section on the Owlshead Mountains with 6 chapters of hikes there. Being that I just did the hike to Owl Peak a few months ago, it was interesting to read a chapter about that hike. In summary, the book has been made better than ever and I really appreciated having all of the updates. Well done.
I have finally finished up and posted my final hiking report from last year. This report covers a magnificent hike based in Aspen, Colorado to West Maroon Pass. It was actually a one-way hike, as you will read in the report. The full report includes 128 photographs which showcase the mountain peaks, lakes, waterfalls, alpine meadows, and beautiful wildflowers of the hike. I hope you enjoy it. And now that I have finished up all of my reports from last year, I can move on to the brand new Death Valley reports. Looks for those to start coming soon.
West Maroon Pass Trail (Aspen, Colorado) –
Today I have released my final trip report from the Big Island of Hawaii. This report covers a hike actually done 15 months ago. The reason for the unusually long delay is that I needed to do extensive research and studying about lava and eruptions. But being that I just returned from Maui and Molokai, I wanted to make sure to release this report before doing anything else. Coming up next, I will be releasing my report from last September’s hike in Aspen, Colorado. Then, I will move on to the five new Death Valley trip reports from this February. And then, finally, I will release the three new reports from Maui and Molokai. Writing and releasing all of these reports will take most of the summer (at the very least). In addition, my trip to French Polynesia is now fast approaching. For now, enjoy this outstanding hiking report taken from the Big Island.
Napau Trail and Naulu Trail (Hawaii Volcanoes National Park) –
Our second and final hike on Maui was on the Pipiwai Trail. We did this hike as part of our drive of the “Road to Hana”. After eating lunch in Hana, we continued on and hiked the Pipiwai Trail to the end at 400-foot Waimoku Falls. It was a special day for us because this was our 3-year-old son Stefan’s first lifetime hike. And he did really well. It looks like he is going to be an excellent hiker. The Pipiwai Trail visits two major waterfalls and passes through a nearly one-mile-long bamboo forest, which makes for remarkable photography. After finishing our hike, we continued driving and completed a loop of the eastern side of Maui. Here are a few teaser images from the upcoming full report on the Pipiwai Trail.
Molokai became the 4th Hawaiian island which I have visited (I still have not been to Oahu). One of the reasons I came to Molokai was to carry out a hike of the spectacular Kalaupapa Trail. The Kalaupapa Trail drops a stunning 1,700 feet in elevation in a little over 3 miles down 25 switchbacks cut into the cliffs. We had a perfect day for hiking with clear skies and nice weather. The birds, wildflowers, and mountain goats were all visible along the trail, along with the continuously amazing views. In my full report, I will explain a little bit more about the original purpose of the trail and the history of the leper colony on the peninsula. Here are a few teaser images in advance of the upcoming report.