By: Dale Van Dalsem
18 signed in at the dirt road exit from U.s. 95 N of Beatty & we drove in to encounter two-foot snow drifts a mile short of the 2WD roadhead! 16 of us started up in very uncertain weather conditions & the leader aborted after a half hour.
Some of us thawed out in the Bailey Hot Springs & had lunch in Beatty, looked at Rhyolite (disappointing) & the huge new heap-leach cyanide process gold mine, whose lights look like a garish mini-Las Vegas at night, then camped a mile or so down the Monument boundary road in Nevada. Some bagged a nameless bump to the west. The ten of us remaining had a nice campfire Sat night.
Sunday the ten (Jana Kneblova, Sara Gilles, Mark Adrian, Dennis Richards, Stuart Rigney, Karen Leonard, Barbara Cohen, Tom Moumblow, Judy Ware, & Dale Van D., hiked Corkscrew, taking the ridge at earliest opportunity. 4.5 hrs r.t., incl 20 min on top.
Someday I'll learn not to schedule peaks like Hayford, Grapevine, et al, 8,000-10,000, in March!
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