Date(s): 11/06/2019 - 11/10/2019
Time: All Day
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Contact: Dave Londo
Phone: 858-576-9117

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TDS Coordinator: Dave Londo
(858) 576-9117
(619) 458-6654 cell

This is two events back-to-back and is a CA4WD organized event

Part 1: Escape from Death Valley — November 6-8 Vehicle limit
We will follow the route of early pioneers, traveling from Death Valley Junction, across Death Valley to Trona
Wednesday, November 6 Meet at Death Valley Junction at 9:00 AM. Travel to Dante’s View, 20 Mule Team Canyon and Hole-In-The-Wall. Camp at Furnace Creek Campground.
Thursday, November 7 Depart Furnace Creek Campground, travel West Side Highway, Warm Springs Canyon, Butte Valley, Mengel Pass, Goler Wash. Camp in Panamint Valley.
Friday, November 8 Depart Panamint Valley. Travel Fish Canyon Escape Trail to Trona. Travel via Trona Road to PVD Headquarters.

(Optional – Tuesday, Nov 6. Stay at Amargosa Opera House and Hotel vs nearby campsite TBD)

Part 2: Panamint Valley Days is — November 8-10
Baes camp on Slate Range Road, near Trona, CA
Runs to choose from on Fri, Sat, Sun — sign-ups at base camp. A variety to choose from, ranging from scenic / historic to hardcore rock crawling
Saturday evening raffle

Registration $85 on-line ($55 PVD only)

Ham Radio 147.480 simplex

History: In the Fall of 1849, a group of pioneers left Salt Lake City for the gold fields of California. The disaster that befell the Donner Party a couple of years before were still fresh on everyone’s mind. So instead of attempting to cross the Sierra Nevada Mountains in winter, they intended to follow the Old Spanish Trail, which went around the south end of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. On Christmas Eve of 1849, some of them arrived at Travertine Springs, the source of Furnace Creek in what is now known as Death Valley. Their oxen were weak from lack of forage and their wagons were battered and in poor shape. They too were weary and discouraged but their worst problem was not the valley that lay before them. It was the towering Panamint Mountains that stood like an impenetrable wall as far as could be seen. From Furnace Creek, the pioneers struggled across the salt flats and attempted to pass over the Panamint Range via Warm Springs Canyon, but were unable to do so. They retreated to the valley floor and sent two young men, William Lewis Manly and John Rogers, ‘over the mountain’ to get supplies. Nearly a month went by as the men walked more than 300 miles to Mission San Fernando, got supplies at a ranch and trekked back. When Manly and Rogers finally arrived to the camp of the Bennett-Arcan party they found many of the group had left to find their own way out of the valley. The two families with children had patiently remained, trusting the men to save them. Only one man had perished during their long wait, but as they made their way west over the mountains, someone is said to have proclaimed “Goodbye, Death Valley,” giving the valley its morbid name.

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