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53 viewsLooking West- Pahrump in the distance!
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30 viewsAnother good vantage point.
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27 viewsWhere there was still snow in the crevices, the runoff helped produce some amazing flowers. They had the strongest smell, and you can't make them out in the picture, but there were hundreds of honey bees!
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28 viewsThis is an area of avalanche damage, just off the summit. We're really getting into the barren zone.
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25 viewsSo close, but we still had quite a way.
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27 viewsThe very edge of the vegetation. Above this area, the wind blows too hard and the snow stays too deep, too long for plants or trees to take hold.
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29 viewsExcept for the small flowers that grow and die each year, it felt like walking on the moon. I later use this phrase to describe an area of the Mt Whitney Hike, but I got it here: demoralizing. The switchbacks are long and slow. Well over 11,000 ft here.
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23 viewsColumbine.
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28 viewsYou can just see the flag peeking over the summit!
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34 viewsAlmost there!
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50 viewsSuccess! 11,918 ft. Camera facing South. The small ammo case contains a geo-cache and a log book that went back as far as September 2006.
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41 viewsWe had come approx. 9 miles. This is a great shot of the back of "Mummy Mountain" - you can make out the head and face on the left, then the torso and the toe.
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38 viewsCamera facing North, small locked structure behind me- possibly some sort of radio repeater?
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39 viewsView from the summit to the South-West. Pahrump just out of picture to the right.
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40 viewsWalking along the southern part of the summit ridge.
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41 viewsStarting down the "South Loop" trail.
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32 viewsAt first it felt good to walk downhill, but eventually it was a bother.
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71 viewsThis is the 1955 plane crash site, where 14 people were killed in a military accident. Once the classified material was removed from the site, the rest was left for the park service to remove. Due to the remote location, it is a very low-priority task. Hikers have stripped many of the parts for souvenirs, but there is plenty left!
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35 viewsSome of the wiring and aluminum pieces that remain.
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43 viewsAn engine. Use Briars leg as a reference for the size, and you'll see why this is still there.
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36 viewsI tried to bring back pieces for everybody. You can see we are still on the main ridge, just to the South of the summit.
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58 viewsWe decend, and begin to re-enter the vegetation zone.
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35 viewsThere are still fantastic views of the Las Vegas valley.
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27 viewsThistle. They were pretty, and large!
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