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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2007 11:27 pm    Post subject: Searching for 700 foot sand dunes in Death Valley Reply with quote

I shot these pics late last year while taking a very wide detour between LA and Las Vegas to attend SEMA for Nissan Sport Magazine. I had to hold them back until now, waiting for my editor to finally decide which ones he wanted to use in the Winter 2007 issue of the magazine. The magazine is in subscriber's mailboxes now, and is also available at your local Borders/Barnes&Noble/Hastings store, check it out.

First up, driving into DV from the South East, from the direction of China Lake NAS:


A couple general cool pics of DV from the Aguereberry Point area:




That night I decided to drive the famous Titus Canyon road at night, a one way dirt trail down a wash that at points is so narrow I could reach out the windows on either side and touch sheer rock walls hundreds of feet tall.








This is a pic looking across DV at the dunes at Stovepipe Wells. My kids and I climbed these dunes two years ago. They are big, but nothing compared to what I was looking for on this day...


First off you drive WAY north up Big Pine Road, which looking South in this picture is that wee thread of dirt leading off into the horizon:


Then you get to Crankshaft Crossing and turn West onto Hanging Rock Canyon road:


Along the way there's lots to explore:




And then at last you drive down Eureka Valley to the Eureka Dunes, easily the tallest dunes in California and around the tallest in North America, roughly 700 feet tall:


Around that time some Canadian flyboys visiting China Lake decided to buzz me:



This dune complex is massive in every way, but I tanked up with a lot of water, packed a lot more, plus an MRE and my Nikon (who's CCD needs cleaning, yes I noticed! Rolling Eyes ) and started climbing. Here's various pics from the way up:







The view looking South from the southern summit:


The opposite view looking north, the Pathfinder is behind the dune marked with the carrot:


Various cool dune shots:





The view from the Northern peak towards the parking area, the Pathfinder is right at the tip of the carrot:


The view from the Northern peak looking south along the ridge (I climbed the further Southern peak first because I could do it gradually, trying to climb directly up the Northern peak would be a colossal PITA):


The hike down was a LOT more fun and relaxing, so I snapped a couple more interesting shots:



I then drove North through Eureka Valley, East through the Sylvania Mountains where I snapped this shot of the Pathfinder posing with some Joshua Trees, finally finding pavement again on 266 and then to 95 where I drove south directly to Las Vegas. Damn fun little detour!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are some cool pics. I'll have to pick up the magazine to see the others you couldn't post.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 11:46 am    Post subject: PATHFINDER ROCKS Reply with quote

PATHFINDERS ROCK THE ROCKYS. THOSE ARE SOME GREAT PHOTOS. WHAT KIND OF CAMERA ARE YOU USING?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nikon D70s
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

very nice..how far are the dunes from L.A. ?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not terribly far, here's a google map you can work from.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks..thinking of doing a little trip there.. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 4:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Un grand merci pour ces photos magnifique


Thank you for this beautifull photos.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey great pics man. what kind of grill guard do you have up front?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.thenissanpath.com/viewtopic.php?t=27
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 8:08 pm    Post subject: complimants from the north Reply with quote

wow what a trip..we dont have that view here in canada..rockies are nice...i think that was our entire air force you saw flying around .ha ha
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

holy shit. very nice pics
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i love the way the pathfinder started off dealership clean, and ended up...well... not so clean.. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice pics , one of them ended as my wallpaper Razz
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW never knew the color red could look so good on a SUV...

awesome pictures...

must be a great feeling to just go there.... i live so far away - vancouver... will be exploring vancouver island this summer...
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