11, Issue 11
Group on West Damsel
Ascent of Damsel Peak viewed from below
Taking a break at the saddle
Paul descending chute from Damsel Peak
AT RED ROCK
River across the road on the Red Rock loop
Red Rock with rain in background
Ben Choi, Shinil Kim, Steven Kim,
Jean Kim, Donna Alley and Luba Leef on a hike to Coyote
Butte on October 24, 2005
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Vice President/Training Director: Chris
Secretary: Kristi Meyer
Treasurer: Jim Albamont
Newsletter Editor: Joel Brewster
Outings Director: Josh
Membership Director: Dawna
Website Director: Amy Brewster
Public Relations Director: Gretchen
Club Gear Director: Kim
Assistant Director: Bruce
Assistant Director: Richard
Assistant Director: Howard
Assistant Director: Alan
Past President: Xavier
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PEAK AND WEST DAMSEL PEAK
Report by Joel Brewster, Photos by Peggy Rescheske and Joel Brewster
It was another perfect day in paradise
as our group of seven (Ali, Peggy, Kahmien, Mike Ryan, Mike Shackleford,
and Paul Kuroda) headed up a dirt road to Damsel and West Damsel Peak.
About five minutes up the road, Al Hastings called my cell phone saying
that he was running late, but would be at our meeting spot in about ten
minutes. We decided to head back to pick him up. So our group of eight
now headed up the six miles of dirt roads to our trailhead.
I had warned the group that the drive
in could be the most challenging part of our hike, but it actually was
fairly straight-forward except for one spot in which we had to back up
down a narrow wash and turn around. After the long, but scenic drive,
we began our hike at about 8:30. The plan was to climb a major wash to
the obvious saddle between Damsel and West Damsel, but on the way up the
group separated as we found various routes to the saddle.
At the saddle, we were impressed with
the sheer drop on the other side (south) of the ridgeline. From there
we decided to do Damsel Peak first, which is lower in elevation, but more
challenging. The last 100 yards or so up to the summit required some class
3 moves, and Peggy elected to wait for us (and snap some photos of us
on the summit). We admired the dramatic view, had a quick snack, and headed
back to rejoin Peggy below.
From there, we walked along the ridge
to the top of West Damsel Peak (or Pincushion Peak according to some),
with plenty of breathtaking drop-offs on the left side. We carefully chose
a route a safe distance from left edge of the ridge, except for Kahmien
("Special K") who scrambled up a somewhat exposed chute and
beat the rest of the group to the summit. Along the way, Ali pointed out
the pincushion-shaped plants growing on the rocks... hence, Pincushion
We all summitted about 1:00 and enjoyed
the views and company as we chatted, told jokes, took pictures, and ate
lunch on the peak. Even at 6977', it was a perfect temperature - about
70 degrees without a breath of wind. We decided to descend the northwest
ridge, which proved to be slightly easier, but a little longer than if
we had descended the same wash we climbed up. We wound up getting back
to the cars at about 3:00, for a leisurely six and half hour trip.
Everyone was tired, but cheerful as we
piled into the cars for the journey home. Fortunately, we found a better
dirt road back to where we parked at Cheyenne & 215. It was an enjoyable
hike with a good crowd.
AT RED ROCK
October 18, 2005
Report and Photos by Chris Meyer
I had the opportunity to experience firsthand the flooding
and subsequent closing of Red Rock during the big storm that hit the valley
on October 18. Thanks to being a tour guide with Pink Jeep Tours I was
able to experience it all while getting paid to do so and while driving
a company vehicle. The vehicle is a large pink Chevy Suburban with high-clearance,
4-wheel drive, and deep tread all-terrain tires.
This trip happened to be the day my boss decided to ride
along with me to conduct a review of my performance. We only had three
guests (maximum for a tour is six) for a morning tour of Red Rock. The
route I took was to follow Hwy 160 to Hwy 159 approaching Red Rock from
the south. The views were amazing, but the storm clouds were foreboding.
The limestone peaks were completely covered by the storm clouds. The sandstone
cliffs were still in view, but obscured a little due to the rainfall.
In the vicinity of the First Creek area we saw a number of waterfalls
flowing from the sandstone cliffs. It was an interesting and pretty sight,
but as you know it is often an ominous sign of imminent flooding. We continued
to the park entrance wondering if the loop was still open. Surprisingly
We made a short stop at the visitor center while the
rain stopped for a little while. The views of Calico Hills were wonderful.
There were a lot of low-lying clouds with some sparse sunshine protruding
from behind Calico Hills, providing a nice contrast with the glowing red
sandstone from the rainfall. While driving along the loop, we saw over
two dozen waterfalls flowing down the sandstone formations throughout
the area. Before arriving at the Sandstone Quarry turnoff, we encountered
several vehicles driving the wrong way on the one-way loop, providing
yet another sign of trouble ahead of us. While traveling near the high
point of the loop, we encountered small patches of snow along the sides
of the road; yet another unexpected sight considering the temperature
was 47 degrees.
We turned into the Willow Springs area and saw a torrent
coming over the Lost Creek waterfall. There were cascading waterfalls
flowing from North Peak all across the sandstone cliffs. There were also
several waterfalls flowing down White Hills. While leaving the Willow
Springs area, we were stopped by a park employee warning us the road ahead
was blocked by debris and that we needed to turn around. I told him we’d
simply drive up to the debris to take a look and then we’d turn
around. He was fine with that as long as we promised not to cross the
Soon after passing the parking area for Ice Box Canyon,
we encountered a large debris field of rocks and two-foot wide boulders
blocking the road with floodwaters still flowing across the road. We all
exited the vehicle to admire the power of nature while I kept a watchful
eye in case more floodwaters were approaching. We admired the area pondering
the depth of the flood necessary to move rocks that big. It had probably
occurred less than 30 minutes earlier.
We finished taking pictures, then turned around driving
the wrong way on the one-way road, which I had never done before. On the
way, I stopped several other vehicles letting them know the road ahead
was blocked. After passing the White Rock turnoff, I encountered more
floodwaters that had not been there a few minutes earlier. The water was
only a few inches deep so I drove through without any concern.
Upon leaving the park along Hwy 159 east, just before
reaching the large stone designating the border of Red Rock, I encountered
another much larger flood flowing across the road. The water was flowing
quickly at a depth of over 8 inches deep for over 100 feet along the road.
We pondered our path and then decided we were in good shape considering
our vehicle. My boss, who was sitting in the back of the vehicle, turned
on the video portion of his digital camera to tape the crossing of the
floodwaters. I drove through carefully as the rushing water distorted
my spatial perspective. When I stopped focusing on the road on the other
side for a couple seconds, it seemed as though I was moving with the river,
but we were in fact continuing on a straight course. That sure was an
I dropped off my guests who were extremely happy with
the trip and the unexpected experience, and subsequently gave me a really
good tip. My boss and I proceeded to check out the anticipated flooding
behind the Imperial Palace. The floodwaters were flowing though the garage
into the washbasin. A large amount of trash was covering the grate leading
to the washbasin. A bulldozer and a street sweeper were clearing out the
debris ensuring that the floodwaters flowed properly.
I consider that trip to be the best Red Rock tour I have had as a guide,
and I received an "A" on my evaluation from my boss. It was
quite a unique experience! The loop remained closed for that afternoon
and the following morning until a bulldozer was able to clear the debris
from the road. The loop reopened by noon the next day.
Rain-soaked Calico Hills with Turtlehead in background
in your best photos from LVMC outings for the First Annual LVMC
Photo Contest. The contest will be open through November 2006 and
prizes will be awarded at next year's Christmas Party! Please submit
photos via e-mail to Joel Brewster
and happy shooting!
(Remember, photos must be taken during an LVMC outing.)
HERE FOR LVMC
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Mountaineers hold their monthly meetings at the Sahara West Library,
9600 West Sahara. Click HERE for map. Meeting
time is 7:00 p.m.
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KNOW IT'S THANKSGIVING WEEK, BUT DON'T MISS THIS ONE!
will be no Club meeting in December. December 9th we will have a
Christmas Party at the Herndon's.