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Postby cp0915 » Mon Dec 14, 2009 3:12 pm

Pete, I might be able to get away a day to join you for something. None of the peaks interest me, though, as I've already done them. What others would you be interested in?
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Postby MoapaPk » Mon Dec 14, 2009 4:07 pm

Still recovering from the ankle, but may be out in a week.

Mummy: definitely a snow climb right now -- all the way, at least 2' snow in some places. This week will be a bit warmer, with highs approaching 40F at 10000'.

Virgin -- some snow on top. The warmer rains melted most snow below about 6000', but more fell above that.

Wilson -- First Creek is probably pretty high, if you go that route. Ice near the top, will probably melt in the next week. The fastest route is from the west, but that requires mild 4wd or awd with some clearance.
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Postby cp0915 » Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:34 pm

There are dozens upon dozens of area peaks I've not yet done (though they're nearly all unnamed, if that matters to you). Let me know if you change your mind.
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Postby MoapaPk » Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:43 pm

Actually, the Worthington Range is off 375 (best accessed via 375 east of Rachel). Mt Irish is an easier hike, if you can drive most of the way up the road from 318 (nice peak, but is has a communications shed and tower on top).

I see lots of snow down to about 6000' on the mountains west of Red Rock. It may still be snowy in a week above 7000', depending on the side you use for approach.
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Postby cp0915 » Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:03 pm

It would be tedious for me to generate a wish list for you. Suffice it to say, the peaks on the list would be obscure.

I could probably join you for a day, but you'd be on your own for the rest. Ball's in your court. Sounds like we're hearing excuses again though. I'm trying; Bob tried a couple weeks back; Moapa (and I) tried a few months before that; etc.
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Postby Day Hiker » Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:47 pm

1000Pks wrote:Does anyone know if there's free Wi-Fi at any campground in DV?


This article claims there is at Furnace Creek and nearby at Sunset Campground:

http://roadsidejournal.rvtravel.com/2008/02/gas-cell-phones-and-wifi-in-death.html

This surprises me, since the area is still in the 20th century when it comes to cell service. Cell phones are completely useless in Death Valley, unless you're one of the 3 people on the planet who still use an analog phone.
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Postby MoapaPk » Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:04 am

1000Pks wrote: That no one takes me up on Virgin, Mummy, and all, what might that say about this all?


I'm having a hard time following the intent here, but do remember that I have a grade 2 ankle sprain, so things that I would normally do are not in the cards for at least a week.

To repeat -- Mummy is very snowy right now. The steep-angled scree slope--550' vertical -- is covered with at least a foot of mainly unconsolidated snow. That's the easiest approach to the summit. (Folks who went up Fletcher last weekend found fairly substantial snow, requiring snowshoes start to 10250' (summit). So snowshoes are de rigueur.) After one reaches the top of the scree slope on Mummy, there is a traverse across steep, north-facing slopes that carry soft snow into June in a normal year. That stretch, near 11000', will be very slow. Frankly, I'd wait on that one until the snow has a chance to consolidate a bit.

The ridge to Virgin is likely just snowy above about 6000 to 7000'. As I've said before, the old DPS-mentioned road is washed-out, so you have to start a bit lower. Modest clearance (more than a normal passenger car) is needed to get as far as you can up the road, which is ~5350', at which point you cut W up the ridge.
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Postby MoapaPk » Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:38 am

Virgin is the sort of peak I'd normally do alone in a heartbeat. There is some brush on the ridge, but it is class 2.

The turnoff for NV route 170 goes through Riverside, which has no motels; but Mesquite is just up the road, and is full casino-motels aching for business. I know you declined camping, but Whitney Pockets is a very decent place close to your turnoff past Quail Point (the rougher road N to Virgin).
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