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Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Desert Song on 02/18/2013 15:03:21 MST Print View

Granite Mountains, Mojave National Preserve. Friday, 2/15 thru Saturday 2/16/2013.

One of the harder overnight desert cross country solos I’ve done. Scrambling up and down canyons choked with boulders and brush, traversed a ridgeline with a good deal of class 4. A total of about 25 miles over 24 hours; home with bloodshot eyes, plenty of cuts, holes in my pants, and cactus spines lodged in my feet. A good reminder of why lightweight trail runners and techie pants tend to come up short in the desert.

Pics and prose here:
Sweeping the Garden: Desert Song

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Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Desert Song on 02/18/2013 17:30:31 MST Print View

Nice.

I Told you the Granites were a great hike. Guess I should have mentioned the obstacles :)

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Desert Song on 02/18/2013 17:30:51 MST Print View

"A good reminder of why lightweight trail runners and techie pants tend to come up short in the desert."

And an even better reminder of why some of us go.

Beautiful pictures, Craig, but it was the prose that reached the deepest....

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Re: Desert Song on 02/18/2013 20:59:17 MST Print View

Hot damn, I loved this!

You're a poet sir.

There is a photo in the series, ninth from the bottom, the inkling of sunlight splashing through the valley giving off just a hint of color is stellar. A quiet moment captured nicely.

Ike Jutkowitz
(Ike) - M

Locale: Central Michigan
re: desert song on 02/21/2013 09:59:02 MST Print View

I loved this, all the more so for having known about the set up in advance. The pictures were great, and really demonstrated the challenging terrain you faced. The writeup though was the essence of UL poetry. Deep meaning conveyed with no wasted words.