Mar. 28-31, 2013 Death Valley Noob's Rally

Discussion in 'Regional Forums' started by NSFW, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. r3r3r

    r3r3r Wildebeast

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    Chris, if Cerro Gordo is closed, do you have any other plans for that day's ride?

    If both Hunter Mountain and Cerro Gordo are closed, I suggest riding Goler/Mengel (either as an out and back or as a loop back through Furnace Creek) on either Friday or Saturday. Just putting out feelers, since I haven't gotten too much useful info from the DV road conditions thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=833425

    The DV Morning Report indicates that things are ok up on Hunter Mtn (since it isn't mentioned, and "All other park roads open and in standard condition") or, maybe since Inyo County has posted South Pass as cloased, no one cares to check if Hunter Mountain is passable.

    If I recall, South Pass has been posted closed for years...

    http://www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm (for morning report link)

    Morning Report: http://www.nps.gov/deva/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&pageid=439529
  2. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    We really won't have current info 'till closer to the event. If we get some warm weather between now and then the snow will melt. If we get another storm it could be completely snowed in.

    My inclination would be to ride to the hot springs for a soak. :1drink

    And while you mention it, there was concern expressed all around about big bikes making it up to the Salt Trams. Last year was no problem on my TE630, but I wouldn't even consider trying to get my Tiger 800 up there. We need some feedback on this.

    Someone sent this to me...
    I think you should post up all kinds of skull and crossbones warning shit about the sand, the climb, the rocky ledge with the cliff and gale force winds out to the salt tram, etc

    Or offer tracks for the most direct, easiest way out to CG and the tram. Howzabout a 4th guy volunteering to take big bikes and the 250s?"

    Seriously though, I say truth in advertising and strongly encourage people to rethink their plans.

    Are you and others going to be radio'ed up?


    And what about big bikes getting into Osborne Cabin? We have a GS signed up, which will be fine except for the last mile or two of rock garden. I wonder if Loner has ridden his SE into there.
  3. GSequoia

    GSequoia Where are my tools?

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    FYI I'm not expert but I know how to use ham radios. If anybody wants help with their radios onsite hit me up and I'll try to assist.

    I'm going to try to put together a simple simplex repeater for the event, right now I've got most of the parts but need to line up a solar panel for it. If anybody has a 20 - 30 watt solar panel with 12V battery controller they would like to offer for the weekend we can have a repeater placed high to help cover more area.

    Be aware that the panel (along with my equipment) will be untended on top of a local high-point. The panel will be keeping the repeater/radio's battery charged so we can use it.

    Also - If you have a stand-alone repeater bring it out, I'm sure we can find more than one hill to put them on. Pablo plans to assist with this if we can do it.

    Sequoia / KJ6KVL
  4. loner

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    I have not rode the SE to Osborne, but have rode the 450 there many times. I don't see an issue for big bikes to get there, provided the rider has intermediate skills. There's nothing difficult in the last couple of miles, just lots of rocks. I have ridden the trail at night too and didn't really need to slow down. I'll see if I can find out what's up at Cerro Gordo.
  5. spafxer

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    Cerro Gordo Townsite opens and closes to visitors and overnighters.. It's not the road they are talking about. As Finn says, the road is open/closed by cold and snow. What you as a rider can handle.

    More info here... http://www.cerrogordo.us/


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  6. loner

    loner explorer

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    I just spoke to Robert, the Cerro Gordo caretaker, and yes the town is closed to visitors, sort of. We will still be able to stop there and even see some of the town. The 'closed' status really means that there are not overnight accommodations at this time.

    Robert will welcome the ADV riders. :clap There is also no snow up there at this time. Lot different from last year.
  7. spafxer

    spafxer Long timer

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    The "Loner connection" comes through again. :deal


    Paul has friends in "high places" :lol3
  8. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    9000' high.

    Here's another site on the ghost town, complete with banjo knee-slappin' music.
    http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/ca/cerrogordo.html


    Salt trams are also at about 9K feet but you go up and down the ridge routes to get there.
    Good site with info on the Salt Tram and it's history. http://ronslog.typepad.com/ronslog/2008/11/exploration-of-the-salt-tram.html


    I was surprised to see this website had the same photo I took of the cabin last year, my pic is on page one of this thread. Mt. Whitney is one of the peaks across owens valley.

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  9. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    thanks lyle for the invite. this is great and hope people, especially noobs take advantage of this. good time to debug their bikes and do a gear shakedown with no pressure.

    once you're at the dvnr, rhere's peer pressure and not the best time to do your first dirt ride. those with new riding gear, break them in before you go on a long ride. you'll be surprised there's no such thing as a perfect fit.


    thanks paul. good info. we have a box of Karma Tequila from nowwhat, and maybe someone could bring one to Robert.....:D
  10. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 scatology expert

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    Folks, I will be attending this on my GS on Tourances. If you are a n00b and you are concerned about DV, come on out and get some extra practice. I know that I need every opportunity I can get.

    Lyle is good people and their interest is to help get riders more comfortable on their bikes. I have been on a couple of the rides from the shop and they are a no pressure ride group.

    If you have questions, please PM me. I am happy to respond. I no longer get consistent access to ADV at work, so it may take me awhile to get back to you.
  11. GSequoia

    GSequoia Where are my tools?

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    No dice on the tables. I was hoping my friend who has a container at PSR had some in there.
  12. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    thanks gs, we'll wait, i'm sure some will chime in.

    you and more could help us on dinner nights. that's great.

    those with spot, you may want to register yours here at whereamiriding. you'll thank yourself later.


    leave your emergency contact number here with dave....http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=20054938&postcount=5
  13. loner

    loner explorer

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    We should plan on doing something like this. I'll find out what he wants.
  14. DannyG

    DannyG I have the waypoint.

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    GS with Tourances is just as good as GS with TKC's in the dirt:D
  15. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 scatology expert

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    You are being really bad today! :lol3
  16. novos

    novos Been here awhile

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    I'll bring a folding table - can also help slopping grub on people's plates for dinner Sat. Night
  17. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    I have a 24x48 folding table I can bring. Will have my two camp tables too, they are 24x24. Neither one of these are very big, but can certainly be used for serving.

    I would think we could haul a couple of the picnic tables as we need as well.

    I also have the 30x60 or 72 larger plastic folding tables I can borrow from work, we have several of them. But don't have a way to haul them. I might be able to bring one or two. I'll keep an eye on this issue and fill in if necessary.
  18. GSequoia

    GSequoia Where are my tools?

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    Joel -

    I know you get a ton of PMs so I'm just going to drop this here.

    While I plan to ride in if we end up with a cache of items that needs to get from Los Angeles to PSR let me know and I'll drive the Jeep to help out.

    I'd be towing a trailer with a 7' x 4' deck on it (assuming I build the deck in time, it's actually a kick-ass trailer). All I plan to haul is the KLR plus my gear, I'll be able to bring out full size tables, etc. if the need arises.

    I'll try to stay vigilant about keeping an eye on this thread but if I don't offer feel free to ping me to ask, I may have missed a need.
  19. 1224R

    1224R Long timer

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    I can bring 2 6 foot tables as well
  20. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

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    Just to be clear, I ain't bringing shit with me except my own stuff for my own personal use. :fitz









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    Is it March yet? :dunno