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dsefcik
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11/27/2013
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Went out for a solo trip to see if the spring marked on the topo maps was good for getting water. Turns out not really...

This was all there was...well, and tons of catsclaw. I was hoping to find an old cattle trough and a piped spring like some other areas but no luck.


Anybody know what these guys are??


I know what this is...Whaaaaa?


OK, I knew you were gonna ask...yeah, those are from my S100 camera. Here are some fantastic photos from my 1937 Zeiss folding camera. And yes, I used really old expired Kodachrome slide film and had it cross processed as negatives.

My camp setup, it was getting dark by the time I got into Inner Pasture.


Star trails....the lens fogged up pretty quick. The air was just moist, both days I had clouds just looking like they wanted to rain on me. Probably mid 30's at night and just plain wet.


Sunrise


Self portrait


I don't even like this shot of IP


On the way home I put some Redscale film in the old camera and took some photos of the wind turbines...both me and the camera just saw red looking at them...


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11/27/2013
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Sorry to say that the photo of the Ocotillo Express wind towers make them look almost serene. wink
Be careful, they may try to grab those for a promotional ad . smile

Anyway looks like a nice solo trip.
Like the Ocotillo with the green sky backdrop
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hikerdmb
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11/27/2013
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Nice photos Daren.
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11/29/2013
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How many rolls of old film do you have, Daren??

Wonder exactly if or when topo maps update whether a spring is dry e.g. Dave McCain. Do the next gen topo maps do that or just copy the old ones?

Nice trip. Tom
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dsefcik
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11/29/2013
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tommy750 wrote:
How many rolls of old film do you have, Daren??

Wonder exactly if or when topo maps update whether a spring is dry e.g. Dave McCain. Do the next gen topo maps do that or just copy the old ones?

Nice trip. Tom
I have a drawer full of old film in the refrigerator...not sure how many rolls left, maybe 20 or so. Not sure on the maps either, springs can change as the ground shifts or they can dry up completely.

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12/1/2013
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I like the old-school photos Daren. Great color on the tarantula. No idea on the insects, I think you've documented a species heretofore unknown to science. smile I once searched an area to the left (east) of your first photo and found wet ground, with sugarbush, catclaw and a willow growing, not at the exact spot that the topo shows a spring, but wetter than the topo spot. I got the impression that if I had got down on hands and knees and got myself deep into the catclaw, that perhaps I could have found some minor amount of seepage. I'm sure you saw this spot too, roughly where the 'g' in 'Spring' appears on the topo. That was during a February trip when I went up Red Top and found some running water about half way up the drainage leading to the base of Red Top.
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10/21/2016
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So camping is allowed in Inner Pasture? There's a section of it where it's state area the entry way from agua caliente, is that ok to camp as well? I'm introducing my daughter to backpacking and wanted to do something fairly easy and fun so I was thinking an overnight in inner pasture would be a great starting point.
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10/21/2016
ziphius
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sddarkman619 wrote:
So camping is allowed in Inner Pasture? There's a section of it where it's state area the entry way from agua caliente, is that ok to camp as well? I'm introducing my daughter to backpacking and wanted to do something fairly easy and fun so I was thinking an overnight in inner pasture would be a great starting point.


You can camp in Inner Pasture, I wouldn't call it an easy introductory trip. There is also some migrant foot traffic through the southern and eastern portion of Inner Pasture. For an introductory backpack trip, you might try the Big Spring or the Culp Valley / Pena Spring areas off S-22, which have the benefit of available water. This will help lighten the packs and the trip will be more enjoyable for all. Bow Willow campground is also a good starting point for short backpacks into the Rockhouse Canyon area.

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10/21/2016
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Sounds good, thanks Ziph!
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