Thursday, February 08, 2007

Death Valley, Towne Peak, and the Mystery of the SA-16 Albatross (Part 4)

Lets Get Ready to Descend
We spent some time on the summit relaxing. The summit register at Towne Peak had some interesting notes to read. Many notes went back to the late 60's early 70's. Although some of the pictures you see below look the same as in the other recent entries. The angles of them are slightly different and I like them for that reason. I decided to include some of those.
Below is Telescope Peak in the distance.
Again, if you wanted to head to Trona and Ridgecrest you would go as far as you can see that way. The road taking you to Lone Pine heads to the right of the picture.
This note I read was interesting because it was written in the beginning of September of 1968. The father and boys note they had trouble and had to get a ranger to help them out. I can imagine that time of the year would be very difficult.
Again, this shows you the area we would have to descend to following the ridge.
They SA-16 from the summit.
This will be the last entry on our getting to the summit of Towne Peak. Then we are off to the site of the remains of the aircraft itself.

(Edit: I did this hike again in 2014. I took a video of it which can be found here: Hunting a Bird in Death Valley)