ecember 11-12, 2011 Mopah Plateaus

The first day we ran out of time and were not able to reach Kettle Plateau form the west.
The next day we suceeded in getting to Turtle Plateau that is immediately south of Mopah Spring. The break in the cliff rim from the west proved to be an easy access to reach the top of the cliffs. From the south rim we could see the Mopah Peaks and Kettle Plateaut with Whipple Mountains in the distance.

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Mopah Peak

December 9-10, 2011

We whooped and hugged in celebration. We had found a huge saguaro cactus, a western outlier of a grove of twenty six which may be the most western in California. This grove was last documented fifteen years ago by helicopter. On our walk out we were monitored by a bighorn ram

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November 9-12, 2011 Whipple N-P Stagecoach Road

Night was falling fast and the wind was blowing while I advanced up a steep, rough, rocky slope. There was a small narrow area protected by a vertical ledge. I dug out rocks, leveling a sleeping area, then set up camp. As I relaxed I was greeted by a fuzzy view of the Moon and Venus as they appeared through thin clouds. The gusts of wind settled down about the same time that I did.

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Fishhook Fruit

September 12-14, 2011
Toiyabe Arc Dome

From Columbine Campground on the east of the Toiyabe Crest we found a  route that goes up 2700 feet to the crest, along the crest and down along the east flank of Arc Dome to the valley to the east, and returning the next day 2600' back to the crest. We used long-disappeared trails between the Crest Trail and the trails along North River and South Rivers.

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Arc Dome

August, 12-14, 2011 Stillwater Two Falls

In Mississippi Canyon, one of the longest in the Stillwater Mountains, we found intermittent streams, flowing waterfall and a potential route to the crest. In Ramparts we located a second way around Ramparts Waterfall.  A pronghorn posed for us as we left the trailhead.

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