Bridge Point & Frodo Peak

West of Las Vegas in Red Rock Canyon.

H.W. Stockman
Saturday December 21, 2003

Click on any small image to see a larger picture. (Cliquez sur une petite image pour voir la grande image correspondante.) Order is essentially chronological. The large images here are reduced to ~1/5 the original # of pixels. If you want copies of the original images, please e-mail me.

Map with red GPS trace

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Walking west to enter Fern Canyon (on north branch of Pine Creek).

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Henry and Anya shoot on ahead, while we are distracted by…

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…Don's impression of the star on a Christmas tree.

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The group sits down for our first lecture.

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It's steep.

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It's still steep.

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It's damn steep.

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Not as steep. View S across canyon.

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RedRockettes.

 

(Click here for an even closer close-up.)

On top. View SW toward Potosi.

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View NE. La Madre through Damsel at left of Bridge Point; Las Vegas on right.

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Jim Carrey, he's not. Jim Carrey is more serious. He's not Cher, but he may be Sam Elliott.

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Heading down NE from Bridge Point, toward Frodo Peak.

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Anya steps on Don's hand.

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Looking back (W) at traverse. Debbie and Mark are next on deck.

Copenhagen Mermaids, or Lorelei?

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On Frodo Peak. Luba prepares for the 100M hurdles.

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RedRockettes on Frodo Pk., courtesy Branch Whitney.

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View W at Bridge Mt.

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View S over Rainbow Peak to Mt. Wilson.

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Mandatory view E of The Strip.

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Back on the traverse.

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Traverse

Traverse viewed from other side (looking E). Courtesy Branch. I am the human in orange shorts.

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Anya doing a Russian dance (how do her clothes stay so clean?).

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View NW toward North Peak.

Traverse

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Over the col, heading back down (S).

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GPS FILES

Below are files in MapTech rxf and DeLorme text (draw) format, which may be uploaded to a GPS. To use these files, first upload them into a program like MapTech Terrain Navigator, or ExpertGPS (www.ExpertGPS.com, www.EasyGPS.com ), then use that program to upload the routes to your GPS (e.g., through the serial port). The initial route up the canyon wall is tricky; consider getting/purchasing directions at www.hikinglasvegas.com, and do not rely on a GPS alone.

PLEASE NOTE that all points are relative to the WGS84 datum, NOT NAD 27. If you choose to use these files, make sure you either do the conversion to your favorite datum, or use the WGS84 datum on your GPS and mapping software.

DISCLAIMER: Use these files at your own risk. The Dark Shadows stretch in Fern Canyon (upper Pine Creek), and steep slopes on the north side of the peak, block many satellite and make for nonsensical readings. A GPS does not give you the ability to fly or to suspend Newton's Laws and common sense, so don't try going up or down cliffs that are clearly beyond your ability or equipment. The route to Bridge Point is class 2/3 at best; a wrong turn makes it class 5, and the canyons are bad places to be spend the night. The tricky traverse en route to Frodo is Class 4. This hike would be miserably (perhaps fatally) hot in the late spring, summer or early fall. A GPS cannot see southern satellites through solid rock walls, so the GPS readings in deep east-west canyons may be grossly inaccurate, and the WAAS corrections will certainly be off.

Click here for simplified route in Maptech format

MapTech format is essentially text, and you can view the file (e.g. the coordinates) with a simple text editor. This format can also be imported into ExpertGPS, and there are many programs on the web to convert to other formats.

Click here for simplified route in DeLorme Topo draw format (also text)

PLEASE NOTE -- there are substantial errors around Bridge Point area, as of version 4.0 of DeLorme Topo; the topo maps in the Bridge Mountain area are way off.. The error also crops up in the aerial photos used in MicroSoft TerraServer, ExpertGPS, and MapTech, but NOT in the topo maps used with those three programs. If you use DeLorme Topo, check your version in this area; the first thing that you may notice is the very odd position of the Scenic Loop road near Pine Creek (e.g., the road is shown rising over the cliffs of Bridge Mountain). If your version of DeLorme is off, do not use it for GPS mapping around Bridge Mountain!

Click here for full track of 12-21-03, as a large MapTech Route

The above file reproduces the red line shown in the map at the top of the page; it can be imported into Maptech for a detailed view of the GPS trace.