On the night of Nov 8 we dispersed camped in Greenwater Valley. The cold front confirmed that we should head low and we still had a sand dune to experience.
A quick sight seeing stop at Badwater, we we off backpacking into the Ibex Dunes for the night. Sunsets and sunrises at dunes are a special experience.
I take too many Dune pics!!!
Greenwater Valley dispersed camp
Badwater and buds
Hiking into Ibex Dunes
Ibex Dunes, Death Valley Wilderness
looking around Ibex Dunes; Death Valley Natl Park, CA
colors and textures
the dune fields; Ibex Dunes Death Valley NP, CA
Saddle Peak Hills
love the wind pattern
sunset at Ibex
Tommy loving it
interesting wind pattern
not the highest!
Not since the Sierras had we done a scramble so we chose one of the most aesthetic desert classics. The Class 3 West Face of Eagle Mountain 3806'. Standard route goes up the left most of the west face gullies. Starting there we found better rock and scrambling on the rib to its climber's right taking it to the ridgecrest. A wide use trail avoids class 5 pinnacles on the crest and leads to the finish with the short knifeedge ridge to the summit. Fantastic!
To Eagle Mountain
onto the hill
fine Class 3
the gully route
Funeral Mountains behind
northern ridgeline, Eagle Mountain
left gully and rib between...our route
Time to take Tommy to a bus in Vegas and a sad farewell for a bit. i sure hope I showed him the spectacular diversity of Death Valley National Park.
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