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Martha Rine Feb 19, 2015 at 07:00 PM

Fun, Fun, Fun!! Great geology explanations by experts in the field for a non-geologist. Beautiful views, friendly, helpful staff. Moderate hiking with 2 difficult choices during my week. Plan to return soon!

Gena Raftery Feb 07, 2015 at 12:28 AM

Leaving LA (Venice Beach) Sunday 2/8 for Death Valley. Carpooling welcome...603-361-1850

Nancy Demuth Nov 06, 2014 at 09:03 AM

I am enrolled in Dec 14 program and want to take van into program but need to leave earlier last morning 12/19 to take noon flight out of Lot Vegas. I do not want to rent a car/van is too late. Is there anyone else who plans to leave early on 12/19 that I (total one person) might ride with back to Los Vegas or to Airport? Please contact me if possibilities.

Mary Folsom Oct 16, 2014 at 07:42 PM

I am going on the December 14 trip. Am staying overnight in Las Vegas on Dec 13. Would like to share a ride with anyone who is thinking of driving from Las Vegas on the 14th.
Barbara Stutzman Oct 16, 2014 at 08:04 PM

Suggest you take the van provided by road scholars. You won't need a car while there. I

Vivian Ross Jan 13, 2014 at 07:07 PM

I live in Flagstaff and will be driving to Beatty for the Feb 16th trip. I would love to be able to drive with someone either from Flag or along the way. Vivian Ross

karen huntzinger Jan 09, 2014 at 02:40 AM

I did the challenging trip last year, and am coming back this year for the moderate trip this year Feb 7-14th. Altitude won't be a problem, but the hiking will be over rock, sand dunes, rocky trail. Some optional scrambling over rock. Boots highly recommended, as well as hiking poles. Beatty means more commuting time in the 12 passenger vans, access to a casino (smokey) on your way to the Denney's/meeting rooms. Furnace Creek has very few services, don't forget anything!
Susan Birdsey Jun 30, 2014 at 06:54 PM

Karen, I am aware that there are two trips to Death Valley from your statement above would I be correct in saying that you did both the Death Valley trip and the Death Valley and Valley of Fire trip? I am looking at doing one of these hikes in February of 2015 and would like to choose the one that would give me the most exposure to Death Valley as well as offer the most challenging hikes. If you have been fortunate in hiking both trips which one would you recommend that would offer both the challenge and exposure that I am looking for. Thank you for your help Susan Birdsey

Pat Daneman Jan 05, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Can someone let me know what it means that this is for "experienced hikers?" I'm 60, healthy, and I walk at a moderate pace 3-6 miles every day. I have hiked as much as 12 miles in one day (though not several days in a row. I'm not sure how the terrain, climate and altitude would be factors.
Julia Tye Jan 05, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Hi, Pat. I'm not sure what they mean, but we are preparing by increasing the mileage we walk every day. We also live at sea level, so to get in some "mountains" we have begun climbing the bleachers at the local high school football field. Some of the comments say to get serious hiking boots, so I'm guessing that there will be some "scrambling" involved. What trip will you be on?
Ellie Knesper Jan 05, 2014 at 01:10 PM

We did this trip a couple of years ago and found it fairly challenging. I think there are two levels of activity -- one is challenging and the other is moderately challenging -- so check for your particular dates. I found the hikes difficult simply because we were often hiking on soft sand or loose gravel; this is more work than just walking or hiking on a solid surface. There was some "scrambling" but only in a few places. Altitude isn't a problem, although the one hike up high might go higher (our group couldn't do this hike because there was still snow up high). We found the description of the daily itineraries to be pretty accurate. The scenery is so unique! Enjoy!
Pat Daneman Jan 05, 2014 at 03:17 PM

Very helpful, Julia and Ellie. Thanks. I'm looking at going March 2, but haven't decided for sure yet..
Pat Daneman Jan 05, 2014 at 03:17 PM

Very helpful, Julia and Ellie. Thanks. I'm looking at going March 2, but haven't decided for sure yet..
Carol Catinari Mar 30, 2014 at 05:00 PM

A good hiker can do this trip. There are options within each hike to go easier or harder. And the guides get you through even if it seems a little tough at the time. No long hikes, but some steep parts.

Julia Tye Jan 05, 2014 at 10:03 AM

We're going on the March 9 trip, arriving at the Las Vegas airport at 10:00 am. We have room for 2 in our rental car, if anyone would like a ride. Julia and Richard juliatye@cox.net

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