Tag: Death Valley

Telescope Peak Day 3

I forgot to finish this up. Sorry. I know that there have been a couple of you waiting very patiently for this. Oh, who am I kidding? Anyways, more pics and less words!

Marcus and I got up in the morning and made some coffee. We had planned on making some breakfast but started talking about the burritos in Trona. Well, it didn’t take long for us to decide that a burrito sounded pretty good and much less clean up to boot!

On the way out of the campground we stopped at the Wildrose Charcoal Kilns. They were built in 1877 and are still in great shape. They were built to make charcoal from Pinyon and Juniper Pine. The Charcoal was then taken to the mines in Death Valley 30 miles away.

They always remind me of something. Can’t quite put my finger on it though.
Charcoal Kilns and Four Wheel Camper

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Charcoal Kiln

One more stop in Trona before home. Not a bad way to end this trip.

Trona scene

Yeah, we stood up on that peak. Until next time Death Valley.

Telescope Peak

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Camp Food

After getting to the top of Telescope Peak Marcus made some amazing food for our post hike chow down. He had marinated some flat steak and had some potatoes and asparagus ready to go. I supplied the vintage Coleman stove and he did the work. We piled the potatoes on top of the meat and went to work shoveling food into our face. It was washed down with some Golden Road IPA. We even had a ton of extra meat, so we offered it to the other campers. 76 year old Carl had just walked back into camp after an 11 hour hike and he was greeted with some warm food. A great end to a great day.

I supplied the stove, Marcus made the dinner.

Flat steak with potatoes and asparagus. Amazing camp food.

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Telescope Peak Day 2

Here is Day 2 of our trip out to Telescope Peak. Did you miss Day 1? Then click on over here and come back. See you then.

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Ready? Rad. The night before we prepped our bags. In typical Errin fashion I carried a ton of crap. My bag was heavier than it needed to be. Tons of water, Nutella, a dozen tortillas, four camera lenses, first aid kit, map, compass, jacket, rain shell and slingshot. That’s just the stuff I can remember. Toilet paper wasn’t on the list. Glad I didn’t need it. I justified it by calling it training for an upcoming trip through Yosemite. One thing is clear though, pedalin’ many miles a week does not equate walkin’ many miles a day with weight on your back. I was wrecked by the end. I was never winded or tired, just sore and achin’. Especially my dogs.

Sunrise on Rogers Peak

The hike up to Telescope Peak starts at Mahogany Flat campground, which is at about 8,100 feet on a ridge overlooking Badwater Basin. Since we arrived at night we didn’t get a chance to pick a campsite with a view. However, it was somewhat secluded so it ended up being a good score. The trail climbs 3,000 feet to Telescope Peak high above Badwater Basin to the east and Panamint Valley to the west.

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We woke up at 5:30 am with the plan of hittin’ the trail by 6:00am. I had to make coffee first, so we strolled out a little late, but it was worth it.

Mornin' Rituals

The trail climbs immediately and doesn’t stop for two miles. Then you have a mellow two miles with a slight downhill, and then a solid two mile climb to the peak. On the way back it’s all tough because it’s a two mile steep downhill, two mile climb and two more miles of downhill. The return was tougher in some ways.

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The hike was worth it though. The views were spectacular with Mt. Whitney just barely visible through the haze. Marcus is planning to hike Whitney soon so he was gauging his fitness. Me, I was just hangin’ on and enjoying the day.

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I packed a flask (Thanks Erik!) filled with some old Jack Daniels I had layin’ around. I’m not much of a drinker, but I thought it would be nice to enjoy a sip at the peak. A job well done kinda thing. Well, that stuff was some serious business and sent me reelin’. Of course, I had to take a couple more sips, you know, to work up a tolerance!

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What a great way to spend your day. Good company high on top of a mountain in Death Valley. It’s all downhill from here.

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Telescope Peak

These boots were bought in 1978 and still going strong.

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Telescope Peak Day 1

A few weeks ago Marcus floated the idea to hike up to Telescope Peak in Death Valley. Death Valley has the lowest point in North America at Badwater, 282 below sea level, and just across the valley has one of nine ultra-prominent peaks in California, Telescope Peak.

I have been pedalin’ a ton, but I felt like I was in no shape for this. So instead of turning it down I reluctantly said yes. I knew I’d make it, but I knew it would be tough. We drove out from Los Angeles Friday afternoon, getting to the Trona area right as the sun was getting good. It dropped behind the mountains as we climbed out of Panamint Valley up to our campground. Not a bad way to end your work week if’n you ask me, which you didn’t.

Four Wheel Camper at the Trona Rocks

Trona Rocks

Looking up at Telescope Peak

Trona Wildrose road was closed due to flood damage.

Camping at Mahogany Flat

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October Events

October is finally here, although you wouldn’t know it from the heat wave we just had. I’ve been planning a bunch of rides, and they all happen to land this month. It seems like the only ride I wasn’t able to make was the Furnace Creek 508, which was this past weekend. Next year though?

Ok, first up this weekend is the PCH 600k from Salinas to Moorpark. This is the ride that I’ve been working towards all year. The final step towards becoming a Super Randonneur. It seemed like such a daunting task before, but after having completed the 400k last month, I’m feeling very confident.

The following weekend I’ll be traveling up to the bay area where I’ll join some new friends for a new adventure. We will be bike packing from Santa Cruz to Santa Barbara over the course of 4 days. This will be a mini Tour Divide and will end with a screening of the movie “Ride The Divide” in Santa Monica on October 23rd. That Saturday we will also be doing a ride with the guys from Salsa Cycles out at Topanga Creek Bicycles.

That should be enough riding for the month right? Nope! The final weekend of the month is the Fall Death Valley Double. This will be my second double and my second ride though Death Valley. If it all goes well it will also be the second Adventure Corps ride that I finish.

Just the rides that I’ve signed up for this month total about 800 miles. I think there is a very good chance that I could log 1000 miles this month. Damn. I sure hope my legs are ready!

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