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Schwaub Pk, Inyo Mine, Mt Sterling, Nopah Rng, fossils, wild

Postby Snow Nymph » Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:57 pm

Friday, 3 October 2008 (day 1 of 3)
Inyo Mine and Schwaub Peak dayclimb and fossils

PHOTOS: http://snownymph.smugmug.com/gallery/61 ... 3285_rdpoh


I followed Tom Gossett up Echo Canyon, with stops at "Eye of the Needle" and Inyo Mine. We parked at the road end, dayclimbed Schwaub Peak, and found some really cool fossils along the way. It was a hot day, but the Misty Mate kept us cool! Beautiful day on a beautiful mountain!

Eye of the Needle in Echo Canyon
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Inyo Mine
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Followed a ridge around to the summit of Schwaub Pk (other side of TomG)
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Found a lot of ammonites as we climbed over the dark bump
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this looks like a small fish, but these are crinoid (stem lilies)
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A little bit of fun climbing
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This is a ammonite
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Horn Coral
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Trilobite Head Shield
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spectacular sunset!
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edit: thanks to csufgeo for IDing the fossils!
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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Re: Schwaub Pk, Inyo Mine, Mt Sterling, Nopah Rng, fossils, wild

Postby ridgeline » Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:51 pm

The fossil you are not sure of looks like a sea urchin belly.
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Re: Schwaub Pk, Inyo Mine, Mt Sterling, Nopah Rng, fossils, wild

Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Oct 08, 2008 6:47 pm

thanks Ridgeline! I also got some ID on the other fossils from someone on another board! I'll make those changes!



Saturday, 4 October 2008 (day 2 of 3)

PHOTOS: http://snownymph.smugmug.com/gallery/61 ... 6495_Aduhk


Sierra Sparkles and I met up with Astrohound on a dirt road in NV. On the way to the start of Stirling Pk, we were treated to wild horses that walked up to us and didn't mind being petted. Mt Stirling is a short but steep hike that has petroglyphs near the summit. Great day to be in the mountains! Added another DPS peak to my list!

Sierra Sparkles and the horse
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Saw more horses up the road
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Very friendly guys
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Glyphs below Mt Sterling
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Ladybugs at the summit
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Re: Schwaub Pk, Inyo Mine, Mt Sterling, Nopah Rng, fossils, wild

Postby Snow Nymph » Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:36 pm

Sunday, 5 October 2008 (day 3 of 3)
Nopah Range BM in Death Valley

PHOTOS: http://snownymph.smugmug.com/gallery/61 ... yBo#P-1-15


Nopah Peak was a steep climb with 4,200' el gain. I've been wanting to do this one for awhile now. Awesome climb! and the bonus was the 3 rams we saw on the way back. Astrohound was ahead and saw one before we got there, so 4 rams for him. AWESOME!

Steep but not class 3
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Jay said it was class 3 up there so I dropped down to the left and found a sheep trail (photo by Sierra Sparkles)
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Beautiful animals!
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We watched them for 1/2 hr
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We took a different route down not mentioned in any references we saw and it was nice!
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