Death Valley Canyoneering
for New Years!!
Alrighty folks! I've reserved a group site at the Furnace Creek campground in Death Valley National Park for December 28-January 1! Let's ring-in the New Year with some TECHNICAL ADVENTURE, SOME SIGHTSEEING, SOME CAMPING, and a whole lotta CAMARADERIE!
The only fee for this trip will be sharing the cost of the campground .. should be about $20-30 per person ... just bring it with you to camp! This is a national park, so if you do not have a National Parks Pass, each vehicle will need to pay the entrance fee (no exceptions .. and I will check!)
The Technical Canyoneering portion of this event is for students who have graduated from Uber Adventures' 3-day Technical Canyoneering Course and people who have SIGNIFICANT canyoneering experience! NO BEGINNERS (those without training) WILL BE ALLOWED TO SIGN-UP FOR CANYONS! Participation in the Canyoneering portion of this event is subject to my approval. I will lead a canyon each day and I hope others will lead some as well. Days will be extremely short and most Death Valley technical canyons are enormous, therefore I will be choosing the least committing/challenging/time-consuming of the classic canyons ... though they are still physically aggressive, technical, and will take all of our available daylight! (AWESOME!)
We're going to be there for New Year's Eve .. so let's make it special!
Let's have a potluck dinner on Tuesday evening, followed by either a campfire (if they'll let us) or cards & board games while we anticipate midnight ... AND ... Let's toast in the new year with champagne at midnight ... or earlier ... or repeatedly, all night!! (I'll bring a couple bottles of champagne for the toast ... feel free to bring more!)
Some of the logistics:
Camping at Death Valley/Furnace Creek Group Site H, will accommodate 10 cars and twice as many people. So that nobody has to take Friday off work to drive to Death Valley, I've reserved the campsite for Saturday afternoon till Wednesday noon. There are toilets and water, a few picnic tables ... nobody will be allowed to park an RV, tent trailer, or sleep in their car/truck/vehicle ... it's against the rules of the group campsite ... you will have to pitch a tent! I will bring a community 2-burner stove for heating water for breakfasts, etc at camp .. please contribute some propane to keep it fueled. Bring a tent, warm sleeping bag, camp chair, pots/pans for your meals and your potluck dish preparation, stove if you have one, plates/forks/bowls, etc, cooler, food, and your favorite cup/glass for toasting champagne in!
Weather: The average temps for December/January are: Highs of 60F and Lo's in the 30'sF ... so make sure you have a warm sleeping bag, warm clothes, mittens and a beanie for camp!
Gear: You're responsible for all your own personal technical gear including harness, helmet, carabiners, tether, rappelling device, shoes, clothes, pack, food, water, etc. Plan on helping to provide for some of the group gear like first-aid kit, ropes, ropebags, rapides and webbing.
Technical Permits are not required (yet) for canyoneering in the park. We will probably choose from canyons like 'Natural Bridge', Helios, Grotto, etc .. http://bluugnome.com/canyoneer_tripreport_list_death-valley_cal.aspx
Activities: The park has awesome hikes, arches, technical canyoneering, human history, geologic uniquities, a visitor's center, scenic drives, museums, restaurants, a general store ... and a CASTLE! (maybe we could do the 2 tours of it .. it's incredible!)
Carpooling: Do it!
...further details will develop in the conversations below!