Note - the most active sign up for this event is on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/events/293282140792884/ ~ Death Valley Canyoneering 2013 ~ This event will have no formal schedule/organization beyond meeting up, and deciding who’s going where and who’s doing what once you arrive, have a libation or two & form a feasible crew. The main event occurs over the Presidents Day weekend, although some people may come early, stay all week and into a second weekend, and/or leave and return several weekends in a row. Feel free to post your arrival/departure dates and times here in order to ensure you will have partners/rides/etc. on the dates you plan to attend. CAMPSITE is on BLM land just outside of the park. If you are arriving at night, it can be hard to find. From the junction of highways 127 and 190. Drive 10.3 miles west on 190 where you will see a 3000 foot elevation sign on the right (north) side of the road. The turn off to the Slabby Acres camp is on the left about 0.6 miles after you pass the 3000 foot sign. From Furnace Creek; Drive south east on highway 190 to the turn off for Dante's View. 6.2 miles after the Dante's View turn off will be a 3000 foot elevation sign on the right (south) side of the road. The turn off to the Slabby Acres camp is on the right about 1.1 miles after you pass the 3000 foot sign. Google Map with approx. campsite location: http://goo.gl/maps/kGKl4 X marks the spot on this map: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9cO9NKLYoSPOHBMb1VwSV9VTjA/edit For those of you who like GPS the coordinates for Slabby Acres is N36.33894 W116.59990 This is using WGS84 datum. LNT (Leave No Trace) is in practice, notice. Make sure we don't trash DV! *Pack-in, Pack-out! Participants are encouraged to recycle, and discouraged from burning trash other than paper products. *A major concern is poop. In a geologic area that doesn't decompose of anything well, much less our extras like toilet paper we need be very conscientious. -Bring a "Restop” for each day you are there. -Bring a "groover," which can be an elaborate portable latrine set-up or something as simple as a 5 gallon bucket lined with garbage bags and kitty litter (trash compactor bags are pretty bomb-proof). -Drive to the closest outhouse (approx. 7 miles S. on HWY 190) -Not many suitable places to dig a hole…. Group Gear: Bring a variety of rope lengths if you can! * Many of these canyons have large drops – often in the 200 ft range and some ranging near 300’ ~ if you have ropes and pull cord of this length PLEASE bring them. *Everyone is encouraged to bring a reasonable amount of webbing and/or rap rings/rapides to contribute to group outings. *If you plan to fly in/out, this is no problem, but please coordinate with someone who is driving so that you will have a partner with the necessary gear for doing canyons. Personal Gear: All your own personal gear, including helmets! ***Rock monsters are alive and well in DV and they like to launch themselves from high cliffs onto the heads of helmetless individuals! Be wary Bring a wetsuit (or not) if you anticipate descending Willow and/or Darwin falls. The water can be very cold! Car Shuttles: Something to note: Most, if not all of the popular “canyoneering” type canyons in DV require long car shuttles. In some cases, return vehicles will need to be commandeered and deposited the night before the canyon descent. IMPORTANT: Sunrise is at approx. 6:30 AM Sunset is at 17:30! This gives us 11 hours of daylight! Canyoneers MUST carry headlamps (that work obviously), as it would be very unfortunate to run out of light before getting back to the shuttle vehicle. The moon will be in New Moon phase on Presidents Day. Camping Supplies: Bring all your regular camping supplies. Tables, chairs (if you have them and can bring them – extra to lend might be helpful) WOOD!!! Everyone bring lots of wood please! If you have to buy it at Furnace Creek store it’s $10.00 for 4 pieces! *#@! Can you believe it?! Water!!! There is no water here. BYOW! *Again, if you plan to fly in/out, camping supplies can be shared and wood can be picked up on the way. Please coordinate these details in advance. *There is a convenience store approx. 20 miles from camp over at Furnace Creek. There is also gas here. Once again #@&%! EXPENSIVE! WEBSITES – detailing some of the canyon fun awaiting you ~ http://www.dankat.com/swhikes/content.htm http://bluugnome.com/canyoneer_tripreport_list_death-valley_cal.aspx http://www.ucanyon.com/canyon-beta/california/death-valley DV NPS page for your perusal http://www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm There is a hot springs fed pool at Furnance Creek, and showers. A couple of local restaurants and a bar at Furnace Creek.