Album: Inyo Range: McElvoy Canyon (2 day)


Category
Outdoor Adventures
Album Date
5/30/2010 12:00:00 AM
Date Added
1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

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Start time: 7:43am. We parked along the Saline Valley part way between Keynot Canyon and McElvoy Canyon. 
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Up the Keynot trail 
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A beautiful collared lizard 
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First mine site. 11:33am. 
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USGS has a cache on the ridge at 7742 feet. 2:08pm. 
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4:10pm. First look into the upper end of McElvoy Canyon. 
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In McElvoy Canyon at last. 5:35pm. Hmmmm. I don't think we're going to get out tonight. 
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Heading down canyon 
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Approaching Mayan ruins ... errr ... mining ruins 
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McElvoy Mill Site. 6:30pm. 
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So comfy 
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Departing the Mill Site. 6:02am. 
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Remains of a cabin further down canyon from the mill site. This one is nearly completely overtaken by heavy vegetation. 7:57am. 
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Remains of additional shelters still further down canyon. 8:20am. 
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At the first rappel. 9:40am. A wire and wood ladder is still affixed to a large block here. 
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Rap #1 
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How about this anchor? It certainly wasn't my first choice but after surveying the options this one didn't seem that bad and was redundant (2 wires). 
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Beautiful waterfall next to rap #1 
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Rap #1 next to the wire and wood ladder 
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Rap #2. This was just a short 40 footer and could likely be downclimbed if one lowered themselves down using the vines. 
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We didn't notice this anchor until we had set up a new one around a tree/bush 
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Rap #3 
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Rap #4 
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Rap #5 
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Rap #5 
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Rap #6 
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Rap #7 
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Huge rockfall. 2:24pm. 
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Top of rap #8. 3:37pm. 
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Rap #8 
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Rap #9 
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Parking area below the mouth of McElvoy Canyon. 4:46pm. 
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Mouth of McElvoy Canyon 
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Now we have to hike back to the car which is closer to Keynot Canyon 
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And finally our 2 day adventure comes to an end. 5:33pm. 2 days. 21 hours 31 mins moving time.