Desert Blog

Sierra Club Excursion to Joshua Tree 2015, trip leaders Geoff Mohan and Dave Meltzer

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The barbs of the chollas go straight through most any shoe. Experienced hikers carry pliers to pull them out.

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Oasis destination.

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The brown rock is a boundary marker- not so easy to find. I found it with a compass only, some cheated and used GPS.

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The twitchy bushes in the wind carve interesting tracks.

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Next trip: Excursion to peaks Sandy Point (7,062') and Last Chance (8,456') with the Sierra Club Desert Peaks Section (DPS) April 2016

Trip leaders Mat Kelliher and Bill Simpson

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The spectacular view of the distant Sierra from the peak of Sandy Point with the Eureka Dunes in the foreground . (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

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Motley bunch.

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Peak registers often elicit emotional responses.

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Typical desert detritus.

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Unusually good desert graffitti.

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Abandoned mining machinery. 

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Probably a sulpher mine.

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Abandoned mineshaft.

Next Trip: Angeles Chapter Desert Peaks Section trip to Clark Mountain May 2016. Trip leaders Alexander Smirnoff, Beth Epstein

Clark Mountain (7,933 ft) is the highest peak of the Mojave National Reserve.

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Beth and Alex discuss the best approach.

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View to the North. At night the glow of distant Las Vegas might be visible.