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Old 07-26-2011, 07:59 PM
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Tips for Offroading in Death Valley

Sounds like a great offroad venture. Anybody tried it?

See http://news.consumerreports.org/cars...-of-death.html
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Re: Tips for Offroading in Death Valley

when its 120+ everyday why try. Its asking for trouble if anything ever happened gosh for bid! Be worth a try in the cooler months however Id think?
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Sounds like a great offroad venture. Anybody tried it?
Jerry Pournelle did.
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Re: Tips for Offroading in Death Valley

Always wanted to do this when we lived in SoCal, but never made it due to so many other beautiful destinations nearby, and the horror stories you hear of those that went in solo, or unprepared, or both.

That said, it would be very cool to do this in the late fall or winter months, including a camp night or two.

FWIW, per AK's linked story to the disastrous Bronco rollover - those things roll over standing still in flat, paved, parking lots. Just sayin.
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In addition to the usual perils, computerized engines and fuel systems can do unhappy things at those midday summer temperatures.

Good reason to have a ham transceiver or satellite phone out there -- these reach out long distances.
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Re: Tips for Offroading in Death Valley

It's not too bad in the Spring... if it's hot, you can just keep going up to higher elevation until it's cool enough to camp

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Re: Tips for Offroading in Death Valley

Spent a month camping all over Death Valley in 1972. Didn't get lost once. You can see where you need to go. Let me rephrase: Camped for a month in Death Valley and went all over it.
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