Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Indian Valley / In-Koh-Pah Mountains Backpack

A 2 day backpack trip out into Indian Valley and the In-Koh-Pah mountains area with a couple friends. Great weather, saw some wildlife and enjoyed the great outdoors, also tried out my new Fujifilm XE-1 camera. My back is still messed up but I have acquired mostly all ultra light weight stuff now and can keep my pack down to about 20lbs with 2 liters of water, food and some booze....that is about my limit for now. I also carried another 2 liters of water in my hands, so 4 liters total, 2 each day.

Tom and Joel putting on their more than 20lbs backpacks...I know how that goes....
Tom and Joel getting their big, heavy packs on

We came across an old cow carcass and Tom was quick to start pointing out how my back was messed up using the cow spine as a visual aid. Apparently this cow had a pretty screwed up back also
Tom explaining my back problems with a cow spine we found
Apparently this cow had some pretty sever spine problems, that lower right cavity is almost completely closed in with bone growth, he must have had some pinched nerves like I do

Gorgeous views of the desert floor and the surrounding Laguna Mountains. Clouds and light drizzle were moving in.
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This was an old runway/airstrip back in the day, you can see the old winsock pipe and harness still standing
Airstrip in Canebrake, you can see the old winsock holder

A panorama of Indian Valley
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Lots of bony scat along the way and many morteros full of scat, what did the native americans do to keep animals from crapping in their grinding holes?
Some nice bony scat
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With the drizzle and dark clouds in the sky I picked out a nice boulder overhang to setup for the night
I found a nice rock overhang to sleep under to stay out of the rain

Tom had a real nice tent setup
Tom's Tent

Joel had a visitor snooping around his tent and backpack...Foxy Loxy had no fear....
Foxy Loxy checking out our stuff
Foxy Loxy moving in towards one of our packs and tent

Found a few pictos along the way
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Whale Peak
Whale Peak

Welcome to Ocotillo California
Welcome to Ocotillo
Welcome to Ocotillo

Total Mylar Balloons This Trip - 6
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  1. Nice! Looks like a great trip. I haven't seen foxes in SD yet and I hope so, soon.

  2. Hey Daren! That is such a beautiful area and your photos of it, are top rate.
    That fox is gorgeous! Great post...

  3. Thanks Derek & Pat, seeing the fox was the highlight of the trip for sure..!!