We saw the Amargosa wild horse herd taking advantage of the recent precip in Death Valley Junction.
The one with the white face was a baby last year. Now he's grown a bit and has a little sibling!
We have had Bat Mtn on our list for a long time, but it has been hard to find beta. A recent trip report clued us in to the northern route, so we decided to try that. It starts off following canyons from the Clay Mine road.
We keep following canyons over bumps as we head south towards the peak.
Interesting geologic area.
Molly was quite the climber! I think she's part mountain goat.
Scrambling up the end of a canyon near a dry fall.
The route generally went: follow a canyon, climb up over a bump into another canyon, follow that to the next bump, etc etc etc.
Some of the canyons were rocky scrambles.
Some large cairns/rock piles along the way, but they didn't seem to mark any kind of route. Probably a relic of the mining in the area.
Molly: Come on, you guys!
Up another dry fall.
One of the many bumps we had to go up and over along the way.
And down into the next canyon. We generally followed the canyons/ridges south, staying on the eastern side of the interior of the range. The western side had a deeper, rockier canyon.
Gorgeous colors and a beautiful day to be working off thanksgiving dinner!
The end of yet another canyon and the bump to climb over.
Looking back at the group emerging from the top of one of the canyons.
Finally we can see Bat ahead. We'll head to the saddle in the middle and then right towards the peak.
But first we're dropping down into yet another canyon.
Most of the route is visible from here.
We'll scramble up the chute on the left (pink arrow), then traverse to the saddle (green arrow), then hopefully get a good visual for the final route to the summit (yellow arrow)
PLenty of water after the recent storms. Surprised we didn't see any sheep out here.
Up another bump.
Sun was in a horrible place for route shots here, but this is the base of the chute marked by the pink arrow a few photos back. We'll climb towards the base of the cliffs ahead and angle right.
Looking back down the chute.
Topping out on the chute.
The base of the cliffs. We angled right through the sticky rock.
Sheep are around - here's a bed with fresh droppings. I know they saw us, but we never saw them.
At the saddle. Bat Mtn South in the middle. We're heading to Bat Mtn North (just off-photo to the right) which is a few feet higher.
One more bump blocks the view of Bat Mtn North. We quickly scrambled up it.
Looking back down on the saddle and the cliffs we traversed under.
Climbing up the last bump before the summit climb.
Steep but super sticky rock. Great for walking on!
At the top of the bump we get our first clear view of the final summit approach. It's steep but sticky. I follow the dark ridge and stick to the rock, avoiding the looser dirt.
The class 3/4 ridge between Bat Mtn N and Bat Mtn S. Not today!
Perfect velcro rock. Steep but you stick to it.
On the summit.
View North from the summit
Panorama from the Bat Mtn Summit.
View to the west, Pyramid Peak