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Transportation, equipment, meals and supplies will not be provided. We will be stopping for lunch on the trail, but lunch will not be provided. This is not a cookout event. There will be no grill or fire for cooking. Only bring enough food and drinks for yourself and your party.
We will be meeting at the Moapa Paiute Travel Plaza. This is a great place to buy souvenirs, fireworks, and cheap cigarettes if you're a smoker, but do not depend on the Travel Plaza as a good source for a packed lunch. This is the last stop for gas and a restroom. There are no restrooms along the trail. Bring your own toiletries. Bees are known to frequent desert water sources. For those with known allergies, be sure to pack your Epinephrine or similar severe allergy medication.
There will be some trail obstacles, but nothing too severe or technical. A high clearance vehicle and offroad tires would be best, but we've never encountered an area along the trail requiring 4 wheel drive. All participation is voluntary and all portions of the trail should be considered optional. If you come to a portion of the trail that you feel is beyond the capability of your vehicle or skill level, feel free to ask for assistance. Someone will always be available to spot you through an obstacle or move objects in your way if needed and possible. Nobody will ever make you do something that makes you uncomfortable and there is no requirement to continue. Keep in mind, as stated in the Safety and Waivers, all participants are responsible for their own property damage.
Some hiking and climbing with moderate elevation changes should be expected throughout the day, but nothing of length or extreme difficulty. All mines in the area have been sealed, so there are no child minimum age or pet restrictions, but please control both. As far as is known, there are no underground opportunities, but you may want to bring your underground gear in case something unknown is located. Your basic underground safety kit should include: Helmet, gloves, dust mask, flashlight x3, communications radio.
Because there are so many variables, an estimated return time cannot be given. I do know the one-way drive from meeting to offroad is about an hour. Most of our events end around 2-3 PM, but each event is different. We always have a goal to have everyone back on pavement by sunset.
If this will be your first group event and own your own communications radio equipment, please email in advance for frequency programming. If you'd like to own your own radios, the inexpensive ones used by most are the Baofeng 888S which can be purchased through the link. If you've been to more than one of these events, you really should have your own radio(s) so our loaners are available to first time participants.
To reduce the amount of outside interference, a privacy tone has been added to the group simplex frequency. Unless I've recently programmed your radios, your radio will need to be reprogrammed. For those with software to program their own radios, the frequency remains the same, but a tone of 74.4 Hz has been added.
Attending this and any site group event is with the understanding, agreement, and acceptance of the event liability and waivers.
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Meals and transportation are not provided. If you are in need of transportation, you will need to make those arrangements prior to event day.
Saturday. April 6, 2019
Bitter Springs Trail
Anniversary Narrows (Time and access permitting)
Lake Mead (Time permitting)
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Meeting Place: Moapa Paiute Travel Plaza
Valley of Fire Highway and I-15. Moapa, NV 89025
Line up the vehicles here: 36°29'53.14"N 114°45'31.92"W
Meet time: As early as you'd like.
Departing time: Promptly at 9:00 AM
Distance from meeting to off road trail: 2.9 miles
Distance of off road trail: 29.9 miles
Trail Start: 36°27'36.61"N 114°44'8.07"W
Trail End: 36°14'36.29"N 114°32'9.79"W
Return to 215 and Boulder Hwy: 32.7 miles
Total mileage: 65.5 miles
This is mostly a scenic trail with opportunities for photography, mineral collection and nature studies.
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