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Searles Peak, Slate Benchmark in Death Valley

Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Nov 30, 2005 12:37 am

Met up with Bob Rockwell and the OPGs. Started off with an
'interesting' drive to the trailhead, ending with a few 3' drops near the end of the road. Climbed over Peak 4938, Slate Benchmark (5049'), and on to Searles Peak (5093'). Then we reversed our track, so got in five summits. El gain was 2,900' in 6 mi


Photos: http://community.webshots.com/album/513232592IiHlsK
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free . . . . Jim Morrison


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Postby BSquared » Wed Nov 30, 2005 6:15 am

"OPGs??"
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Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Nov 30, 2005 8:42 pm

Bob Rockwell hikes with a group called the OPGs, Occasional Peaks Gang. If they're over a certain age (60 or 65, I forget), they add GS for Geriatric Section. So in a lot of desert peak registers, you'll see a name, followed by OPG, and sometimes OPG GS. A few years back they were "OPG II", but dropped the "II", as shown in one of the registers.
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Postby Calhiker » Wed Nov 30, 2005 9:08 pm

Ohhh, so that's what the views are like from Searles. Looked quite a bit different from the first hike up there. Those ridge-top sand dunes sure are cool, and a bit bizarre! They definitely looked misplaced. Nice views of Manly Peak and Goler Canyon. Thanks!
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Postby madeintahoe » Thu Dec 01, 2005 12:15 am

Looks like you had such a nice hike! and with some nice people..nice that you got to see Bob.
I love the rabbit...oh is he or she very cute.
Beautiful pictures SN
Thank you for sharing :D
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