“The Badwater Basin is the bottom of Death Valley, a blinding and barren desert of chemicals and mud left behind by a dying lake. It is an intriguing and magnetic place, and one of the weirdest hiking grounds anywhere. Somewhere out there you’ll find small blue-green pools rimmed with shiny crystals, frozen rivers of salt, giant salt saucers, fields of sharp pinnacles creaking in the heat – landforms straight from the far side of Pluto.”
~from Michel Digonnet’s Hiking Death Valley
March 28, 2015
Badwater to Ridge above Hannupah Canyon
Elevation gain 6000
With the help of friends and family, we had an amazing sunrise start from Badwater in Death Valley National Park. Last night we successfully cached water in 2 locations and dropped off a resupply box at the Panamint Resort Store.
We had fun crossing Death Valley through Badwater, but as soon as the sun was over head the heat was intense. We left with 3 liters of water, but soon wished we had carried 4. I do not do well in heat and the temps were close to 100.
The route left the valley and steadily climbed Hannapuh Canyon to a running stream, then straight up a very difficult and slippery slope to reach the ridge that leads up to Telescope Peak. To make it even more challenging and interesting we carried 6 liters of water up the incredibly steep slippery talus chute.
We are set to have another early start to get a head start on the heat. This was a pretty hefty first day of the season with a full pack.