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Re: Overnight hike to the Gambler's Special
Rod #7552 09/18/10 11:33 AM
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And Patsy, too.


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wagga #7554 09/18/10 03:04 PM
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Of course Patsy one of my all time favorites.I don't want to be quilty of highjacking this thread with memories of famous people dying in plane crashes but the Newspaper with all those major events including the Gamblers Special Crash got me thinking about how many we lost tp plane crashes. There was also John Denver.

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For those interested in visiting the crash sites, an easier route is to start from Whitney Portal, ascend the Carillon Creek drainage, and cross over the saddle west of Gambler's Special Peak to the crash site. The route can be kept at a class 3 level with reasonable route finding. It would probably be best to attempt the route later in the season when all the snow is gone from the north facing ledges one must descend to reach the crash site.

An added perk to the route is that it is straight forward to also bag Gambler's Special Peak from the saddle. On the downside, the route is technically within the Whitney Zone, so you'll have to get a permit. However, it is possible to get the permit that morning, visit both sites, bag the peak, and get back down in one day. The hike is a worthwhile adventure to a scenic and solemn place.

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Me and a friend just did an overnite to the Gamblers Special. The climb is so beautiful and extremely tough. We had packs, 7 hours up. I did not sleep one minute that nite. The next morn I took photos of the sunrise as I did the alpenglow at sunset the nite before. I free climbed as far up the cliff as I could without gear and worked my way down. We spent 3 hours at the site, and took about 500 pics. I'm a wreck chaser and have lifelong obssesion with aircraft. I am writing a book about the crash and the people who were on that plane. I will never forget the milky way that nite, shooting stars almost full moon that lit up the whole canyon. That hike is brutal to say the least. I would like to mention that there was no trace anybody was at the tarn except Zack's bare foot print by the lake. Nice work leave only foot prints. I realy felt like I was at a very special place it is so peaceful. I will return someday. I seriously don't see alot of people doing that hike. I am in excellent shape. I hike alot of back country snowboarding and I barely made it. Man that was a beautiful hike. rexstahoecreations@yahoo.com

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marmoting #7933 09/30/10 06:47 PM
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If it is EASIER then you know I'm not interested. smile Would love to see your pics and maybe a map of the route you took....................................DUG

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I was planning on visiting the B24 crash site at Koip Peak this summer, but our hiking plans changed. Maybe next summer

I keep checking this site frequently - he keeps adding photos monthly, but I don't think he's been to the Gambler's Special site yet.

http://joeidoni.smugmug.com/Aircraft-Crash-Sites


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Fishmonger #7958 10/01/10 01:39 PM
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You guys might be interested in this crash site, in the Panamint range. The mountain is visible from the road to Death Valley. Might be a good winter-time hike. Nobody died in this one... they lost power, and everyone bailed before it went down.

Just google "albatross crash panamint" for links.

Here's a picture from this smugmug photo gallery:
Panamint Range SA-16 Albatross 4/4/05 - Joe Idoni's Photos
(I just realized Joe Idoni is the guy Fishmonger watches.)


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Fishmonger #7960 10/01/10 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted By: Fishmonger
I was planning on visiting the B24 crash site at Koip Peak this summer, but our hiking plans changed. Maybe next summer

I keep checking this site frequently - he keeps adding photos monthly, but I don't think he's been to the Gambler's Special site yet.

http://joeidoni.smugmug.com/Aircraft-Crash-Sites




If I have anything to do with it, Joe will make it to the Gambler's soon. Check out his second Coso Range F4 pics - that's my son and I with Joe and Tom. We took that trip because our attempt at the Gambler's was snowed out. Joe is a great guy..................................................DUG

http://joeidoni.smugmug.com/Aircraft-Cra...391406400_kQLCX

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Taylor #8150 10/06/10 12:32 PM
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Easyer then I know, there aint nothing easy about that hike. come on now.the only easy part was following the size 14 foot prints that lead the first mile and a half.me and my partner both had a very strong feeling of accomplishment.may god bless the surviving family of the passengers.

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DUG #10255 01/24/11 04:04 PM
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To see my climb to N15570, find " Taylor C Eslick" at facebook.Many new items including fourth prop blade.

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Taylor #10262 01/24/11 09:06 PM
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Hi Taylor, I think your FB pictures are private. I can't see any albums.

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Steve C #10266 01/25/11 08:14 AM
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Send a friend request, sorry about that. Ill undo the privacy lock

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Taylor #10347 01/26/11 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted By: Taylor
To see my climb to N15570, find " Taylor C Eslick" at facebook.Many new items including fourth prop blade.


I can see your pictures, Taylor. Do you have one of that fourth prop blade?

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The forth prop is at lookers right of the impact site, its on a cliff that you gotta climb up to. Its bent into a half moon with little damage,all my pics are edited with discriptions. also please check out the Hobart Mills C-47 micro site at my pics.

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Taylor #10564 02/02/11 09:12 AM
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Here's the picture of the prop blade, from Taylor's Facebook album (posted with his permission):



Good find, Taylor!

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Steve C #10598 02/03/11 09:00 AM
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I was able to find the fourth prop only because my friend Marc was with me. I spent most of the day on the cliffs and he spent most of the day at the main debris. The prop just sits there all by itself up on a shelf, I never really looked up and I'll bet I won't be able to find it when I go back.

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DUG #12989 04/16/11 05:55 PM
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DUG: Very interesting reading! I remember you wrote/refered to another article about a visit to a site where two F-14s hit during training and crashed? Curious!

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DUG: Very interesting reading! I remember you wrote/refered to another article about a visit to a site where two F-14s hit during training and crashed? Curious!


Yeah, we do some wreck chasing. It's a nice fit with hiking. The Gambler's wreck interested me because it's hard to get to. Took me 3 years of research and 2 attempts.

The main part of the F4 wrecks are easy. The really good stuff is hard to get to. I was lucky to be guided in by one of the best.

Now I want to take a different route into the Gambler's wreck and bring my son. He was on the failed attempt (100% my route finding that screwed us) but had to miss the 2nd try because of school.

I have tons of pics and stuff up on my photo page. Can't help you with maps or directions though - wreck hunting isn't like hiking in that respect. smile I can take you to the F4 easy stuff if you like.........................DUG

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DUG #18590 09/21/11 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted By: kr1sh
DUG: Very interesting reading! I remember you wrote/refered to another article about a visit to a site where two F-14s hit during training and crashed? Curious!


Yeah, we do some wreck chasing. It's a nice fit with hiking. The Gambler's wreck interested me because it's hard to get to. Took me 3 years of research and 2 attempts.

The main part of the F4 wrecks are easy. The really good stuff is hard to get to. I was lucky to be guided in by one of the best.

Now I want to take a different route into the Gambler's wreck and bring my son. He was on the failed attempt (100% my route finding that screwed us) but had to miss the 2nd try because of school.

I have tons of pics and stuff up on my photo page. Can't help you with maps or directions though - wreck hunting isn't like hiking in that respect. smile I can take you to the F4 easy stuff if you like.........................DUG

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DUG #18591 09/21/11 01:37 PM
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Just returned from the wreck site of N15570, 19th to 20th. Site is 75% buried in snow. It was raining and snowing. I took about 15 minutes of video and left as soon as I could, I vowed to never go back. That is holy ground and the souls of the lost ones warned me to never come back. I am writing a book and will not mention N15570, Gamblers Special, or that it's even in the Sierras. I just want to tell the stories about all the wonderful people who where lost on that terrible morning.

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