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CA: Death Valley Crash Site/Lower Hades Canyon 2-15-15

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by Ram, Mar 4, 2015.

  1. Ram

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    A service project was suggested by Death Valley National Park. The Coalition of American canyoneers jumped on board. The death Valley Wilderness Coordinator Charlie Callagan wanted to survey a not historic plane crash site. Here Charlie describes the crash....
    https://picasaweb.google.com/108034287150978265447/PlaneCrash#6120336371930022994
    We used GPS to mark the perimeters of the crash site. Some day, the debris may get removed. Perhaps not, but the information has been gathered and the site accessed. Nine members of CAC joined Charlie and Search and Rescue Ranger John Dormen. The group moved well over the complex, steep and loose slopes surrounding the crash site. The conversation was lively all day long.

    After the survey was finished, the group descended further then found a non technical way into Hades Canyon, 9 rappels from the bottom. The group descended safely to the road. On the way conversations and demonstrations of techniques, style ethics, along with park goals, projects from the future, input for what is to be called a registration, not a permit system, that will not be implemented any time soon, we discussed in detail. So many good ideas and suggestions flew in every direction and a bond of friendship, respect and support was formed between CAC and DVNP, that service projects will become an annual affair. Thanks to all who volunteered.

    Here are the pictures of the day..
    Wilderness Coordinator at DV. Charlie Callagan
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    SAR Ranger John Dorman
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    On the ridge approach
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    off the ridge. The site is somewhere down there, 2,800 vertical below
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    Stumbling on pieces
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    Big Mike Cressman brought 5 GPS
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    Lunch in the impact crater
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    Charlie
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    Carol
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    Mark, Everett, Louis and Tom in front
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    Tom Jones, Rick Kent
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    After a long and at times challenging scramble down, we found a non tech way into Lower Hades and did the last 9 raps or so
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    Louis thinking it over
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    velcro
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    out the bottom...the day a total success.
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    Later that evening, around the fire, a surprise belated birthday party was sprung, to total surprise.
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