Death Valley

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - West & PNW' started by Jean-Luc, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. Jean-Luc

    Jean-Luc Throttle committed

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    Off-roading is not allowed in DV so all the trails / roads are easy to find in a map. However distances can be huge and I thought that giving some indications of time/difficulty could be helpful.

    The tracks from the file below are from our last trip in November 2005. Beware that road conditions can change quickly in DV!

    I'm not as organized as R-dubb :wink: so my tracks are not saved at the end of each day. So here is the explanation:

    05-11-24: There is the arrival to Salines Springs from the day before through the North pass. Then the first part of the loop (departure around 8 AM) we did in day one through Lippincott, Hunter Mountains and then gas in Panamint Springs.

    05-11-25: The 2nd part of the Day 1 loop through Darwin Canyon then gas in Lone Pine then Cerro Gordo Pass, return around 5 PM at the Springs

    Then there is the begining of Day 2 through Steel Pass ending at Eureka Dunes.

    05-11-26: The 2nd part of Day 2 from the Dunes to Scotty's for gas then Furnace then camping somewhere on a side road.

    Then there is the begining of Day 3 from the camp spot to Mengel Pass then Ridge Crest and the 395.

    05-11-27: This last part in only paved but awesome twisties through Sherman Pass.

    To have an idea of the difficulty check the pictures :D
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  2. R-dubb

    R-dubb Dubbious Adventurer

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    Fantastic!!!!

    :clap :clap

    Thanks for sharing

    I bet you have more where that came from. :ear
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  3. Popey

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    Just a heads up, but J-L meant Eureka Dunes on 11/5 not Dumont Dunes.
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  4. Jean-Luc

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    Good catch! I edited my post.
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  5. Jean-Luc

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    I do but about DV, I think our last trip covered much everything interesting (read "challenging" :lol3).

    However I have that loop from DVDaze '04 that could be interesting when you camp at Furnace Creek. It goes down Lipincott (Going West) and then through Salines and up Steel Path. It's a looooong day though (it says 265 miles on the tracks?): Be prepared and get some gas!

    Ride reports here:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33371
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33482
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33365

    Eh, this time I got better and I erased the part of the track related to the previous day.
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  6. PhilSpace

    PhilSpace The Gov Administrator

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    That was awesome :bow

    I just ran your first one through Google Earth and ran it in 3D, it was cool.

    Now down to finish doing the moulding in the basement :baldy
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  7. pudgypaintguy

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    That was cool thanks Jean-Luc, you had said that road conditions change quickly in DV...how so and how bad? Thanks, Andy
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  8. Jean-Luc

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    The changes happen during the violent rains (I know it sounds strange in DV :D) that creates bad ruts and wash outs. The main trails are graded once in a while so depending when you go you can have a very smooth trail or smothing with many traps and difficulties. If you take a look at our ride report you'll see a picture of the same spot taken at different times that shows what I mean.
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  9. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy All,

    As I have not traveled some of the tracks laid down by Jean-Luc, I clicked on his post, saved the GPX file to my computer, tried to open it and got a message telling me that Mapsource id d not support that type of file.:huh

    OK, bare with me here, keep in mind that I am a computer idiot, how can I view these tracks on my computer and once I can view them, can I load them into my GPS? Thanks for any help you can give and a great big THANK YOU for this forum.:deal
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  10. Jean-Luc

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    Howdy Mr. Cob! What is the version of your Mapsource Program? The current one (free upgrade) is 6.9.1. To check your version click on 'Help' then 'About Mapsource'. I supposed your is too old and so you need to go to the Mapsource web site to upgrade it.
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    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy Jean-Luc,

    I kinda figured that might be the case:puke1 so I have gone and up-dated my Mapsource to 6.9.1 :evil I can now read the files. I will try to up load them to my GPS tomorrow. Thank you and good night.:deal
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  12. AceRph

    AceRph Affluenza Free! Administrator

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    Interesting that GE doesn't show elevations below sea level.

    Regardless, very cool to view the track.
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  13. Jim Bud

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    I can run in Mapsource, but I have no idea how to do this in GE

    Thanks...
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  14. Jean-Luc

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    Hey I know that since at least... yesterday! In GE you do >file > open and then you select gxp in the file type and open the track you've downloaded. Enjoy the fly!
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  15. Jim Bud

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    Thanks.....

    :clap

    I cheered too soon...turns out I have a graphics card that is not supported by GE....that explains why when in the past I have tried to do anything with GE...it takes for ever and works poorly....

    almost time for a new computer... :(
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  16. pudgypaintguy

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    Thanks Jean-Luc...that explains perfectly. Can't wait to get out there. I may be moving that way and can't wait for the rides.
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  17. Hammer

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    I enjoyed "riding" the green track line of your trip thru DV, Jean-Luc! You got in some nice tar-mac, too!
    Now that R-dubb has me straightened out on file conversions, I'll be traipsing thru a lot of old tracks I got in formats I couldn't convert! :D
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