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Old 02-10-2009, 06:25 PM   #1
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Current Death Valley Conditions 10Feb09

Here's a report post last weekends storm.

Sierra from Mount Whitney looking North



That's Cerro Gordo in the middle of the peak.



Saline Valley Rd (South Pass looking North East)



Teakettle Junction to the race track looks snow free.



No snow on Lippencott either.



Nuddie camp has a few people that got stranded in the storm. I called in a car about a 1/4 of the way up the Valley. I couldn't tell if they were just waving or needed help.



Heading towards Steele Pass.



Steele Pass to the dunes



Eureka Dunes looking South



North Pass into Saline, looking North.



The entire valley from the North.




The "Dry" Lake and the Inyos



North Rd to the Warm Springs (south rd looks pretty wet)




South Pass (looking South)



Looking into Panamint Valley



Panamint Springs in the calm before the Noob Ralley



Who can name this valley?



Mengal Pass doesn't look so bad from here.... also, no snow between Death and Goler Wash.



For this weekend, I would say Racetrack, Ubehebe Crater and Mengal Pass are good. There are tracks driving in the South Pass to Saline Valley, but on a bike it would be interesting.

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Old 02-10-2009, 06:37 PM   #2
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I don't know, but it's a Butte.

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Old 02-10-2009, 06:47 PM   #3
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I don't know, but it's a Butte.
With stripes!!
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Old 02-10-2009, 06:49 PM   #4
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For this weekend, I would say Racetrack, Ubehebe Crater and Mengal Pass are good. There are tracks driving in the South Pass to Saline Valley, but on a bike it would be interesting.

Cheers

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Great photos!


Interesting is GOOD!
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Old 02-10-2009, 07:02 PM   #5
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other areas?

more please....

this was totally awesome!!!! just sit back and
get the weather report right here at Advrider

(I take it you were up in a plane not a helo?)
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Old 02-10-2009, 07:12 PM   #6
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Thanks for the fly buy... your have'in way to much fun.
Let's see what to do today? fly, ski, or ride.
Please keep the reports come'in
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Old 02-10-2009, 07:17 PM   #7
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amazing photos, i hope you posted them in higher resolution...any of them makes a nice screen saver.....

thank you!
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Old 02-10-2009, 07:42 PM   #8
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Nice photos

Do you know if Hunter Mountain is covered in snow?
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Old 02-10-2009, 08:09 PM   #9
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Great pictures. What were you flying?
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:55 PM   #10
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Do you know if Hunter Mountain is covered in snow?
Yup. There were some truck tracks on the Saline Valley RD, but Hunter Mountain looked like it had a few feet on it and no tracks. I'm not going to call it impassable because I know what some of the riders on this site are capable of, but you may need a snow plow.

As for the Valley, when I called in the bue car I saw on the road, Furnace Creek had already tried to help out some others and were adding the light blue car to the list of people needing help out of the Valley.

I did note some washed out areas on the Valley floor, so when the passes do clear, the road could go from 70 mph wash board to a dried out river bed pretty quick. Here's another pic of South Pass. For the Nor Cal BMW Rally this weekend, there should be plenty of good riding open, and as fast as snow melts in the desert, even Saline could clear up if the weather forecast changes.



Now that's just the snow. It's hard to tell wash outs and ruts from the air.

For instance, this from the air....




Is this on the ground, but at least it gives you an idea of how the roads are.



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Vern

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Old 02-10-2009, 10:48 PM   #11
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sweet!

Any fly by's planned for early next week? Leaving on wed for a mini valley trip



Good info the weather reports are all doom and gloom!
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Old 02-10-2009, 11:00 PM   #12
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awesome pics!!
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Old 02-10-2009, 11:02 PM   #13
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I don't know, but it's a Butte.
Great place! By the way Russel and Geologist cabin were vacant. If you hurry now you can get it all to your self


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Any fly by's planned for early next week? Leaving on wed for a mini valley trip


I'll be out of town next week... have to go choke on some smog in the Central Valley until Friday.
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Old 02-11-2009, 06:41 AM   #14
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DV is a magical place - I need to get back there one of these days.

Thanks for sharing those great pictures.
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Old 02-11-2009, 07:06 AM   #15
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Thanks for sharing.



Anyone know if Titus Canyon is still open?



I am heading down to DV this coming Thursday.
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