Death Valley National Park and Area Mountain Rambles Dec. 16-17, 2020

John Morrow

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From a car camp at the Dublin Hills, I set out for a few peak scrambles over a couple of days.

On the 16th I chose a very long loop from the Greenwater Road. Heading west up the long sloped bajada I went to the Virgin Spring Divide at Point 1422T west of Epaulet Peak. It was longish patient going. From there it was pure fun running the ridge across to and over Epaulet Peak on frequent pieces of fine game trail tread. Then I continued on to the Calico Peaks and descended back to the GW Road.



Start of a long day
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Forever across bajada
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First peak in view: Pk 4665';
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Huge gravel bajadas and fans
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Epaulet Peak next; Distant Nopah Range
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To the Calico Peaks next
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gentle canyon
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Furnace Creek valley
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Camp sunset:


Nopah Range sunset
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On the 17th I first drove through Tecopa to the Noonday Mine area for a southside walk up Noon Benchmark at the southern end of the Nopah Range.



Noon Benchmark
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Nopah Range
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Tecopa
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I happened to witness an awesome sandstorm coming up the Silurian Valley sending Dumont Dune sand as far north as my tent (well anchored) in the Dublin Hills 15 miles north!



full on sandstorm
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mine site
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Later that day i drove up to CA 178 to the Pass where it crosses teh Resting Spring Range toward the Chicago Valley. The north ridge of Ring Benchmark that begins right on the pass is a very fun scramble on great limestone.



North Ridge Ring Benchmark
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nice terrain
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along the crest
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final ridge scramble a nice look
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northern Resting Spring Range
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the storm
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I decided to make it a loop by descending into the saddle and east wash on solid waterpolished conglomeritic rock.



easy down
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The remaining photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/23557848@N03/albums/72157717810271398
 
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