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(Happy) Anniversary Narrows

 
(Happy) Anniversary Narrows

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Nevada, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 36.25092°N / 114.58277°W

Object Title: (Happy) Anniversary Narrows

Date Climbed/Hiked: Mar 31, 2008

Activities: Hiking, Scrambling, Canyoneering

Season: Spring

 

Page By: lcarreau

Created/Edited: Apr 2, 2008 / May 13, 2013

Object ID: 393520

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Page Score: 89.39%  - 29 Votes 

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A slot canyon in the desert ?

<i> Bitches  ~  Crystal </i>
Lovell Wash leads north to the narrows
 
Riders of the Purple Sage
Sandstone 'hogbacks' in the Muddy Mtns. Wilderness!

 
Bleeding rock - Living dirt in NV
Muddy Mtns. View from above the slot!


 
Slot Canyon
Anniversary Narrows (slot canyon)

 
Hey Hey My My (Portal  into Time)
Hey Hey My My - Portal into Time


 
Tectonic Forces and flowers
Muddy Mtns. Geology

 
(Windblown) gold of the Earth
Windblown gold of the Earth!

 
Anniversary Narrows Peak
Anniversary Narrows Peak by Anya

 
200,000 tons of borax ?
Borax mine in recovery




How can a slot canyon in southern Nevada not be happy?
The name of the slot canyon is Anniversary Narrows, and the area in which it lies is as beautiful as any other on earth. Anniversary Narrows is found at the bottom of southern Nevada's historic Lovell Wash, which drains out of the colourful Muddy Mountains to the north. It all lies in 48,000-acre Muddy Mountains Wilderness, designated by Congress in 2002. Several entrances and remains of an old borax mine along the way add a historic dimension to this desert wash, where tilted sedimentry rock layers paint beautiful lines east of Henderson, Nevada.












How can a slot canyon in southern Nevada not be happy?
The name of the slot canyon is Anniversary Narrows, and the area in which it lies is as beautiful as any other on earth. Anniversary Narrows is found at the bottom of southern Nevada's historic Lovell Wash, which drains out of the colourful Muddy Mountains to the north. It all lies in 48,000-acre Muddy Mountains Wilderness, designated by Congress in 2002. Several entrances and remains of an old borax mine along the way add a historic dimension to this desert wash, where tilted sedimentry rock layers paint beautiful lines east of Henderson, Nevada.

Anniversary Mine - Portal into Time:

Francis M. Smith (aka the "Borax King")(1846-1931) was an American business
magnate and civic builder in Oakland, California. Smith Mountain in Death
Valley is named after him. In 1913, Smith, like his former partner, W.T.
Coleman, became "financially strapped" and had to turn over his assets to
creditors who refused to extend new loans. At the time, Smith's second wife
held an interest in a silver mine in Tonopah, Nevada. During his quest to
find a profitable way to convert extensive lake brines into borax, Smith
(the Borax King) OUTBID the new owners of his company for the rights for a
RICH borax discovery in Lovell Wash in the Muddy Mountains overlooking
Lake Mead. He called his operations there the ANNIVERSARY MINE, as the
claims were acquired on the anniversary of his marriage to his second wife.
His first wife (Mary) had died at age 55 in 1905. Smith went on to develop
the "Searles Lake deposits" in Califonia with capital he obtained from
profits of the Anniversary Mine in Nevada.

Muddy Mountains Wilderness Area

The "mind-bending" geology of the Muddy Mountains region
gives a telling glimpse into geologic time. About 300
million years ago, this area was sediment on the bottom
of a shallow sea. Today, the sea floor composes the
limestone peaks that rise nearly 6,000 ft. into the sky.
Scattered among these peaks are fossilized sand dunes
that have eroded into galleries and canyons, intricately
carved and painted in shades of red, orange and yellow.

With Valley of Fire State Park to the north and Lake
Mead to the east and south, the Muddy Mountains region
is in good company. This landscape on the north shore
of Lake Mead contains four wild areas that offer
stunning geology, a fragile desert ecosystem and a
rewarding opportunity to navigate a shadowy slot canyon, and witness a Desert Bighorn sheep. Also, from
Anniversary Narrows Peak and points beyond, you can
sit on a rock and peer down into the Bowl of Fire.

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vancouver islanderMissed this one...

vancouver islander

Voted 10/10

....earlier this year. Glad I found it now.

I may be a PNW rainforest addict but I still love the southern deserts. This TR serves as a lovely reminder as the weather deteriorates up here. (Belated) thanks for sharing.

Cheers,

Martin
Posted Dec 5, 2008 11:47 am

lcarreauRe: Missed this one...

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Yes, I love your viewpoint! I have turned into a "southern deserts" addict over the last 15 years, but I still love the PNW rainforests. What I miss most is the smell of the Red Cedar, and
the sound of the Douglas squirrel as it chatters in the firs.

I also miss the snow-capped volcanoes, the PCT, and Rainier beer!!!

Thanks for discovering this page! -Larry
Posted Dec 5, 2008 7:24 pm

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