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John Morrow
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PostTue Nov 13, 2018 9:51 am 
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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.

Nov 9-10:

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
Greenwater Valley dispersed camp
Badwater and buds
Badwater and buds
Badwater forms
Badwater forms
Hiking into Ibex Dunes
Hiking into Ibex Dunes
Ibex Dunes
Ibex Dunes
Lower dunes
Lower dunes
looking around
looking around
colors and textures
colors and textures
the dune fields
the dune fields
form
form
curve
curve
Saddle Peak Hills
Saddle Peak Hills
love the wind pattern
love the wind pattern
nearing sunset
nearing sunset
sunset at Ibex
sunset at Ibex
Tommy loving it
Tommy loving it
last light
last light
interesting wind pattern
interesting wind pattern
not the highest!
not the highest!
Ibex Valley
Ibex Valley
beettle!
beettle!
curve
curve

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
To Eagle Mountain
onto the hill
onto the hill
Great scrambling
Great scrambling
fine Class 3
fine Class 3
the gully route
the gully route
summit block
summit block
Funeral Mountains behind
Funeral Mountains behind
descending
descending
say cheese
say cheese
northern ridgeline
northern ridgeline
left gully and rib between...our route
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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PostTue Nov 13, 2018 10:01 am 
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Great dune shots! They are such photogenic subjects. wub.gif

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PostTue Nov 13, 2018 10:30 am 
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Ibex Dunes and Eagle ate some of the best places to hike in this area.  I think Ibex is the best set of dunes in Death Valley.   up.gif

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PostFri Nov 16, 2018 9:50 pm 
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Definitely not too many dune pics. They're fabulous! Such wonderful light.
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PostSat Nov 17, 2018 7:03 pm 
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And the strong wind is great for erasing any footprints others have left on the dunes.  Nice pix of Eagle!
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