Return of DVA Blog

Greetings, everyone.  My site recently underwent some updates.  As you may have noticed, the site was offline for a little over a week.  This was for two reasons.  First, we moved web hosts and transferred our domain to our new host.  Our previous web host was charging almost 4 times as much as what we are paying now, so switching was a necessity to save on the monthly costs of keeping the site up.  Second, we went through and revised many of our trip reports to make them more safety conscious for regular Death Valley hikers.  A number of Safety Alerts were added to specific reports to alert hikers about potential major obstacles encountered on the way to hiking destinations.  We also removed several reports which we felt were too advanced to keep on this site due to the fact that more and more people from the general public and park service are using this site to help plan trips.  There are still many advanced hikes on the site (and more will be added soon), but we removed the ones which concerned us the most.  We also shortened some of our reports to not show photographs and information beyond a certain point where the hiking turns advanced and requires more expert climbing abilities and bypass skills than most people have.  Keep in mind this was all done to make the site more safety conscious and out of consideration for regular hikers.  Most people won’t notice the changes.  But some advanced hikers might.  I just want all of you to know that we are concerned about your safety out in Death Valley and want to do everything we can on our end to help people hike safely.  One other note, and that is that I have saved my old Blog posts and may add them back on here as I have time.  During the transfer process, a new database had to be installed in order to get the blog back online, so that’s why the older posts are currently missing.