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Death Valley , hiking / camping trip (4+ nights)** Thanksgiving***

  • Nov 20, 2012 · 6:00 PM

the meetup is pretty full at this time, planning on going with about 24 on this one, I know some will drop out, or never confirm with a  check, therefore some spots may open up (updated 11-6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 nights Death Valley Camping at Stovepipe Wells (Tuesday night through Friday night)

I will post a couple hikes, as separate meetups, but one will be very strenous and the other strenous, I will be picky who to add to the hikes, you will have to add to the waitlist for the hikes if you are interested.

Organized by Chris J.

 

Fees: $ 14  (campsites Tuesday through Friday night, meetup fee)
The Fee will be the same if you stay
one night or 4 nights
I will ask you to send me a check for  $14  (you will receive my address via e-mail) I do not have pay pal

You will have to add to the wailtlist and once I get the check I will add you to the "yes" list.

 

Hikes I am planning will be very strenous / strenous and depending what hikes I post I will be **very picky** who to add to the hikes. There will be separate sign up's for the hikes.

you may plan your own hikes and activities

 

Cancellations** up to Saturday evening  before Thanksgiving(full refund, I will destroy the check)** it may be changed to Monday before, depends when I will be leaving.

Bad Weather, if the forecast is really bad on Saturday for Thanksgiving at Death Valley, I will cancell. the valley itself gets little rain, but the mountains before the valley can get snowy and the pass to cross into the valley is just below 5000 feet.

I know that most will arrive on Wednesday, and I will be sitting on more campsites than I need on Tuesday, but the campground basically has 3 levels of "tent" sites, about 20 very nice big ones with fire pit, table, tucked away at the end into small sandy hills. the next level is around the restroom, packed dirt, small but has firepit and table. lowest level a spot in the rv parking lot , packed dirt and you get about a double sized car parking spot to put your tent next to it, no firepit or table. (these spots have never filled up when I was there)

By Wednesday night the good sites are usually gone, the last 2 times I had no trouble getting to nice sites  (on Tuesday) next to each other.

you have the option to stay longer, you and however wants to add can take over one campsite (or two) on Saturday.

Campsites are for 8 ppl, 2 cars, overflow can be parked just outside the camp, last year we did have some extra cars parked at the site without a problem.

 

Park Entrance FEE $ 20 per car, unless you have a valid NP pass

You don't have to join the hikes I will post, you can plan your own

 

Google link for Stovepipe wells,

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Stovepipe+Wells,+CA&hl=en&ll=36.607673,-117.14689&spn=0.003363,0.005504&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=53.741627,90.175781&oq=stovepipe+we&hnear=Stovepipe+Wells,+Inyo,+California&t=h&z=18

(one way Distance, this is from Walnut Creek ranges from 415 to 490 miles depending on route) shortest and fastest for me would be through Yosemite if Tioaga pass still open, keep in mind that needs a National Parks Pass or it will cost you $20.

 

Weather, The average temperature for the Valley is about 70 for a high and 40 for a low,

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?site=vef&textField1=36.470&textField2=-116.8700&zone=1

*** Nights will be cold*** 2 years ago it was unusual cold and it dipped into the mid 20s***the usual low should be in the 40's

Make sure to prepare with warm sleeping bags, extra comforter (I will have my old one ) etc. whatever you need to keep warm at night.

***Wind*** it can get very windy make sure to stake down the tents extra good.

*** Sand*** if you want it or not, sand will be pretty much everywhere at the end of the camping trip

*** Store*** a general store is a few hundred feet from the camp, has all your basic stuff

***Showers** are avail. for around 5 bucks at the lodge across the street.

***Gas** avail. outside the general store **However** ONLY ONE GRADE** I believe it was 89 (Price was actually not bad for the location, much lower then furnance creek or panamint springs), at least that was the case for the last 3 years I was there.

**Restroom** flush toilets and faucets

**Phone reception, sorry nobody had reception at this campsite last time, maybe when we hike closer to furnance creek..

**Firewood, if you have room in your car bring some, will need a lot of it, once the sun sets it will get chilly***

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Some info about hikes activities at Death Valley

 

Link to Steve Hall's website with lots of short and long hikes,

** please be advised that Death Valley can be be a very dangerous place**

Death Valley is huge, it has very remote places, you drive down a little used dirt road your car breaks down, you may not be found alive in time, unless you are prepared to stay a few nights, don't go alone, and let somebody know your plans.

**Disclaimer for Steve's website**

"This site was not designed to be a hiking guide for Death Valley. Desert hiking and Death Valley heat can both be extremely hazardous. Please consult guidebooks and park rangers before undertaking any hike in the park, because many are dangerous.

 

http://www.panamintcity.com/

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And NPS website main

http://www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm

NPS website, hiking page

http://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/hiking.htm

Link to park updates, roads, weather etc.

http://www.nps.gov/deva/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&pageid=439529

 

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last years trip,

http://www.meetup.com/SuperFab/events/40216832/

http://www.meetup.com/SuperFab/photos/4644122/

http://www.meetup.com/SuperFab/photos/4643482/

 

 

2009 trip, description and pic's http://www.meetup.com/SuperFab/events/11648431/

2010 http://www.meetup.com/SuperFab/events/15356392/

http://www.meetup.com/SuperFab/photos/1167492/

http://www.meetup.com/SuperFab/photos/1167433/

 

 

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  • dan

    Contrary to popular opinion, I was able to upload my photographs before the end of the century! I have uploaded photographs here and for the other events too.

    March 11, 2013

  • jurgen

    For prospective cycling enthusiasts... a video of the ride from Towne Pass to Stovepipe Wells: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0jqWFjh3aY

    December 3, 2012

  • Suresh

    It was a awesome trip w/ good hikes and good conversations around the camp fire. Everyone gave out good vibes and really had a very good time. Hats off to ChrisJ for organizing this event.

    November 27, 2012

  • Reiko

    Thanks Chris for picking up my sleeping bag and pillow! This really was an awesome trip. Is anyone doing any kind of adventure for xmas?

    November 26, 2012

  • jurgen

    A photo album on Picasa (hiking and cycling): http://goo.gl/TvqUg
    I can't wait to go back! :-)

    November 26, 2012

  • Andy B

    Chris, Thanks for a great trip, with a great group of hikers. I love hiking in Death Valley and will definitly be back!

    November 25, 2012

  • Reiko

    If anybody had found a blue 0 degree sleeping bag, please let me know!

    November 25, 2012

  • Laura

    Diverse hikes, interesting people, perfect weather - what's not to like : ) It was awesome to be able to get out of town and enjoy such a beautiful place with a great group of people people. Thanks to Chris J. for organizing and the whole group for making it so much fun.

    November 25, 2012

  • Rod G

    Good time, great people. As usual, Chris's outings are well planned.

    November 25, 2012

  • Chris

    Great hikes. I enjoyed meeting everyone. Thanks Chris for organizing.

    November 24, 2012

  • Reiko

    Great group of like minded people from diverse background. Thanks for Chris' planning and organizing and Kathy's yummy cooking and everybody who was up for a spectacular time out in the desert. I miss the humor and the banter, so if anybody decides to do standup, please let the rest of us know. :)

    November 24, 2012

  • Colleen

    Awesome trip. Thank you so much for organizing, Chris. I had a blast with everyone exploring Death Valley. We had such beautiful weather and beautiful hikes :)

    November 24, 2012

  • dan

    UPDATE FROM CHRIS - Here are the campsite numbers: T2, T3, and T4. There is a small detour to the campsites. When at campground drive straight. You will see the bathrooms to your left.

    1 · November 20, 2012

  • jurgen

    I hope to join. Is anybody else interested in road or mountain biking?

    October 20, 2012

    • jurgen

      Cool. Bring your bike along - we can plan a route when we are there.

      November 11, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Jurgen, I plan to bring my bike and as long as I am not to tired out from the hikes I would like be up for joining you on Saturday for Dante's.

      November 17, 2012

  • Marlon

    Looking to Carpool. Anybody have extra room for one?

    November 17, 2012

  • Andy B

    I am planning to peak hike Telescope Peak on Wednesday, conditions permitting. If anyone else is interested please let me know.

    November 15, 2012

  • ezra g.

    I'd be interested but maybe not in the extremely strenuous hikes you are planning. If there are others looking to do something a bit less grueling let me know. I don't have a car so I'd be looking to rideshare.

    November 15, 2012

  • Chris

    Can anyone heading to Death Valley on Tuesday offer me a ride? I have a ride on Wed but I have the free time on Tue and would like to make the most of it. I already have a ride back on Sat so I'm only looking for a one-way ride to DV.

    November 15, 2012

  • Thomas

    Hi Chris, I thought I sent you a message about 7 days ago that I was having trouble getting the site to accept my RSVP. I was able to get thje site to accept my RSVP tonight. I would love to join you and everyone from last year. If I am going, Let me know if you need my check or paypal now, or at the campground. Best regards, Oak (aka Tom Neil)

    November 13, 2012

  • Suresh

    Hi, Can I get a ride with anyone. I would be happy to split the gas or rental costs. Also can drive part of the trip.

    November 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everyone, I plan to be making the trip from the San Luis Obispo area. Wondering if anyone is planning on heading through Bakersfield on CA 178 and would be willing to take on one more for carpooling, I would meet you in Bakersfield. I would chip in for gas and also I have a parks pass so as an added perk I could get your car in for free.

    November 8, 2012

  • Reiko

    Hi! I'd like to join... I would also be into road biking too... that would sort of be like my dream come true. I can leave the Bay Area on Wednesday late afternoon and drive down if anyone's interested in car pooling. Also RSVP seems to be closed?

    October 23, 2012

    • Rod G

      Hi Reiko, I'm sending my $14 check to Chris, but will need to get a ride. I'd like to leave (from Oakland) on Wednesday, would want to return as early as Saturday evening. I can contribute to your costs of gas, etc., or split a rental.

      November 6, 2012

  • Ana

    I'd love to join you. Would need a carpool if l can get a ride with anyone, happy to split gas. Looking forward to it!!

    November 4, 2012

    • Reiko

      I'm leaving Wednesday afternoon if that'll work for you... I live in Oakland and drive a fit. I hope that'll make it. When is the RSVP going to open?

      November 6, 2012

  • Colleen

    Last year was a blast! I'll try to come again this year and have some other friends who are interested too!

    October 28, 2012

  • Chris J.

    I am getting closer to posting this and open the rsvp, but first I need to have my vacation ok'd for this time, then I can complete the write up and post a couple hikes.
    Planned hikes are for now, a repeat of last years corkscrew peak and fall canyon which I did in 2009, but with a possible twist turning it into a loop and try to connect over to titus canyon, but that would mean possible a few more scrambles around dry falls.
    I will be picky for the hikes, they are not beginner hikes, you can always do your own hikes etc., but you should not go alone. death valley has very remote places, and can be dangerous if you are not careful, very little cell phone reception.

    October 24, 2012

  • Vanessa N

    Much anticipation for this meetup to open up. When it's release, please sign me up plus 1. Thanks!

    October 19, 2012

  • Andreas

    I am interested as well. I live in NYC though will combine with a trip to L.V.

    October 16, 2012

  • Vanessa N

    When is RSVP going to be open for sign-up?

    October 9, 2012

    • Chris J.

      once I know the hikes I want to do and all written up I open the rsvp and send out an e mail, probably the end of the month

      October 9, 2012

  • Vanessa N

    Anyone carpooling from SF and back? I'm happy to chip in for gas and fees.

    September 29, 2012

    • Vanessa N

      I'm in for carpooling

      October 9, 2012

    • Vanessa N

      Also, plus 1 as well = 2 ppl

      October 9, 2012

  • Laura

    Is there still space? I'd love to join the group! Thanks for organizing Chris.

    October 1, 2012

  • Vanessa N

    I'm in!

    September 29, 2012

  • Payal

    I'm in!!

    September 21, 2012

  • dina

    This sounds great. Count me interested too.

    September 20, 2012

  • David

    I'd like to join. I would have one person who would join.

    September 9, 2012

  • mic c

    never been, so ill request these days off and join you guys!

    August 29, 2012

  • Brad A.

    Sounds pretty sweet. Count me interested.

    August 20, 2012

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