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Aaron Davis Oct 21, 2014 at 09:33 AM

Darrel - Do you recommend any geology field equipment like: Rock Hammer, cold chisels, pins, goggles, hardhat, whistle, first aid kit, clinometer, compass, 8x and 10x hand lenses, write-in-the-rain field notebook, pens and pencils, map case, clipboard, specimen wrapping paper, plastic bags, GPS, camera, index cards, work gloves, boot gaiters? What size camel back: 50 , 70 or 100 oz? Are we going to Skidoo?
Aaron Davis Oct 22, 2014 at 04:36 PM

I checked with the Ranger and we will not be using any of the specimen collecting stuff. No hammer, chisel, pins, goggles, or specimen wrapping paper.

Paula Swanson Oct 20, 2014 at 03:23 PM

Question for Liselotte. You've walked DV before, do you prefer hiking shoes or boots(ankle high) for this hike?
Liselotte Kimball Oct 20, 2014 at 07:32 PM

I prefer hiking boots (ankle high) I like their support even though they are heavier on the feet.

Paula Swanson Oct 20, 2014 at 03:19 PM

We are not bringing hiking poles either for same reason Judith.

Judith Flemke Oct 13, 2014 at 04:13 PM

Travelling from CT for this program; have a question on the necessity of hiking poles. Needed or not? I really don't want to deal with checked luggage.
Liselotte Kimball Oct 13, 2014 at 04:22 PM

I have walked in Death Valley without poles before. If you prefer no poles and usually go without them I think that you would be OK. However I plan on bringing mine.

Liselotte Kimball Sep 18, 2014 at 03:30 PM

Liselotte Kimball Sep 18, 2014 at 03:31 PM

Barbara Mollere Sep 18, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Planning on doing some of the suggested reading in October. Does anyone have a recommendation for a "don't miss this book" selection?
Liselotte Kimball Sep 18, 2014 at 03:30 PM

exploring Death Valley by Ruth Kirk and Death Valley National Park by James W Cornett are two suggestions. I will be there
Aaron Davis Oct 20, 2014 at 12:52 PM
Barbara Mollere Oct 20, 2014 at 03:14 PM

Thanks. This is a GREAT site.
Aaron Davis Oct 20, 2014 at 07:23 PM

Just bought The Practical Geologist and Deserts, MacMahon at Half Price Books - both pretty darn good.

Liselotte Kimball Aug 09, 2014 at 02:45 PM

I am looking forward to walking/hiking without rain and without getting wet ! I signed up for a single twin and hope to meet my roommate,.

Martha Dick Jan 27, 2013 at 04:21 PM

I'm an experienced hiker but I am slow. I've always makde it to the destination although I sometimes wam close to the end of the line. Come along and I expect we'll meet at the middle/end of the line

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