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For those people who really want to go to Death Valley in the summer

For those people who really want to go to Death Valley in the summer

Jan 30th, 2011, 04:25 PM
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>>I'm thinking you are going for the blooms in April?<<

Is that when the wildflowers bloom???

We going on a 3 week driving trip
Yosemite
Kings Canyon
Mojave Desert
Kingman Arizona (stop along the way)
Stay with close friends in Sedona
Kingman area again
Death Valley
Mammoth Lakes area
Gold Country
Home.

Stu Dudley
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Jan 30th, 2011, 04:38 PM
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Chances are too late for most flowers but depends on when it starts to really heat up

Check desertusa.com
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Jan 30th, 2011, 04:43 PM
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In my profile picture you will note that I am standing at the Elevation Sea Level sign at a major intersection in Death Valley with my handheld GPSr in my hand. Please do not turn off a paved road in Death Valley unless you are with an experienced guide that has paper maps and lots of water.
We ended up going back to the visitor center to report an injured motorcyclist on the Artist Loop since no one had cell service. There is a satelite service called SPOT that could have saved most of these people.
Working with GPS for more than ten years has taught me to trust my eyes as to whether a road is passable. If it is not passable, backtrack to civilization. Waypoint your car when you leave it on foot.
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Jan 30th, 2011, 05:15 PM
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According to the National Park Service, peak wildflower season typically occurs in late March/early April.
http://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/seasons.htm
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Jan 30th, 2011, 07:11 PM
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Great story. What is SPOT satellite service? Is that the locators you can rent to go mountain climbing, etc?
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Jan 30th, 2011, 08:33 PM
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SPOT personal tracker (Generation 2) is available from mypilotstore.com The SPOT has at least 4 different functions.

1. SOS/911 gets a message to SAR with your location and that you need help.
2. Help-non life threatening emergency contacts friend or family so they can come pick you up.
3. Check in/OK Lets friend/family know you are OK and where you are.
4. Track Progress- Whenever you choose you send your location. Anyone you chose to share your tracker# with can see your reported positions and the time you were there on Google maps on their computer.
These locators use satellites and send the message 3 times within 20 minutes in case you did not get out the first time it will try from a better position.
Certainly worth $150 to $200 if it saves your life.
If you are buried by an avalanche it won't help you.
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Jan 31st, 2011, 07:08 AM
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What makes this thing more reliable than a GPS?????
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Jan 31st, 2011, 07:20 AM
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>>Stu, take plenty of water and check in with the rangers too<<

What is the purpose of checking in with the rangers??? Is there an in/out registration process???

What maps are best??? AAA??

Stu Dudley
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Jan 31st, 2011, 07:35 AM
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Dukey1 Your GPSr (receiver) will only tell you where your are.
The SPOT will send a text message to your friend/family Search & Rescue and let them know you need help and where you are. It does not need a cell phone signal. It uses satellite to send the text 3 times. It won't work in a slot canyon or a cave.
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Jan 31st, 2011, 08:52 AM
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Stu, my thoughts were that if you intend to go off paved roads or hiking, you would want to make sure you let your plans be known. Otherwise, not so much. Sorry for the overly-general comment.
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Jan 31st, 2011, 09:08 AM
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You'll get a park map when you pay your entry fee. The rangers can advise which roads are in poor condition.
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Feb 3rd, 2011, 06:23 AM
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Tom, thanks for the explanation. Aren't these essentially what mountain climbing/ski stores Rent though?
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Feb 3rd, 2011, 07:10 AM
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The beacons that you rent for skiing transmit less than 5 miles to help find you under an avalanche. SPOT gives you a choice of what message to send.
Let someone, friend/spouse know where you are going and when you expect to return or check in. The ranger can tell you if you should not be going in to an area by yourself.
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