While my friend Norma is credited for much of my internal growth, Christy (aka Rockin’) is credited for much of my external growth. I found her blog, Lady on a Rock, many years ago. She became my backpacking gear and trail mentor. Her adventures set the bar high and proved women of my age could and should not feel constrained by preconceived notions. Over the years we became online friends and finally had the opportunity to meet and hike together in early 2015.
The stage was set for an anniversary hike. Since Rockin’ has spent significant time exploring and hiking in Death Valley, she planned this hike. Something that would be new for her, and without question challenging. I consider her a bad ass hiker and climber. To say I was a little nervous is an understatement. She’s far more accomplished and skilled than me. Add to that the fact that I was a bit out of shape after spending the prior 3-4 months recovering from broken ribs.
Her choice: Corkscrew Peak. It’s not in most hiking books, not even the nearly 600-page Michel Digonnet bible. It’s a route, not a trail. Definition of route hiking? Adventure!
Date(s) Hiked: February 27, 2016
Road Trip Day(s) #8 out of 88
- According to my app, this was a 7+ mile round trip hike with 3,000+ feet elevation gain/loss.
- I found the camping in Death Valley to be a bit challenging. I’m not a desert rat and don’t really like being packed into tight quarters with nearly zero privacy. Dispersed camping is somewhat limited if you don’t have an appropriate vehicle (ask for the map at the Visitor Center). I stayed at Stovepipe Wells CG and learned you can drive to the back of the RV spots for a bit of privacy and protection from the ever present wind.
- Fill your tank before entering the Park. It’s a BIG park. There are a couple places in the Park to refuel if necessary, but of course you’ll pay the convenience price.
- I found the temperatures uncomfortably warm even though it was only late February. Highs during the day were in the high 80’s low 90’s, nighttime temps were in the high 40’s to high 50’s. Shade was a rare commodity. I found myself hanging out at the Visitor Center when I needed a break. Another great option is the canyons or heading for higher elevation.
- Death Valley NPS – Website
- Death Valley NPS – Camping
- Death Valley NPS – Backcountry Camping
- Death Valley Map – Tom Harrison
- Death Valley NP Map – National Geographic
- Hiking Death Valley Book – Michel Digonnet (A Guide to It’s Natural Wonders and Mining Past)
- Summit Post – Corkscrew Peak
- Peakbagger – Corkscrew Peak