Re: Backcountry trips for non-4x4 drivers
Posted by Cecile on January 15, 2003 at 21:44:41:
In Reply to: Re: Backcountry trips for non-4x4 drivers posted by scootertrash on January 15, 2003 at 20:34:36:
Ok, I wasn't going to say anything, but since Scootertrash did...... Our partner Harry Lewellyn does a Death Valley tour - check his website at eco4wd.com for his tour which I believe is coming up soon - January 24 through 27, and he does another one in October. You would need to have your own 4x or rent one, but as Pugsly said if you rent one, check the contract to see if they will let you take it out on the dirt. Many of them do not. Also check and make sure the 4-wheel drive actually works - I've seen rentals that were not even hooked up to the 4 wheel drive.
Regarding Jawbone and Moose Anderson Days - the dates for it are April 26 & April 27. The 4x tour will be April 27, somewhere around Jawbone Canyon, the El Pasos, Randsburg etc.... we don't have a firm route yet... although we did some explorations around Mesquite Canyon this weekend, that might be included. NOt always absolutely necesary to have your own vehicle for this event. Sometimes Honda provides a few vehicles that might be available, and more often than not, if there are only a couple of people in your party, we can put you as passengers in our vehicle or someone elses. Wouldn't give you any driving experience, but at least you could get a taste of what it's like to be on the dirt in a 4x. And you will get to meet others who go out all the time or are newbie like yourself. Plus you'll learn lots of history and geology as well as driving techniques. I'll have info on Moose Anderson Days on my website in the next month, hopefully.
You can also contact Jawbone Station - www.jawbone.org is the website - should have the Moose Days stuff on there.
I know there are other tours of Death Valley available if you do a search as Pugsly suggests. Harold Pietchmann does tours, but I'm not sure what his website is, maybe someone else can hook you up with him, or can give you links to other some of the other tours.
If you do go to my website, the real reason behind the site is to share tidbits of histories and legends and lore related to the places I go. This month in particular my stories are about places we have been to on past Moose Anderson Days - Randsburg, The Randsburg Railway, and Burro Schmidtt's Tunnel.