I've hit Desolation since the mid '70's.
August of 2010, I drove the old '92 Yota pu, 200,000+ miles on it, back to WY Wind River Range, on the way home, stopped at the Post Office to get my mail and the gear shift did not want to stay in gear. I had to hold it in gear in the lower gears. A mile from home. Made it home and to work out of town in NV, a two hour drive and got parts for a little over $20, fixed the same afternoon I got the parts.