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25th Annual Panamint Valley Days

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25th Annual Panamint Valley Days

Vast areas of this country are at times hostile, inhospitable, and treacherous-yet with seasonal changes they can be a paradise full of adventure. Panamint Valley, just west of the Panamint mountain range and Death Valley, is just such an area. This regions holds a wealth of rugged trails, natural wonders, history, and wildlife, and makes the perfect setting for a fall wheeling event.

Zero Waterfall is the first big obstacle on the Cummings Cutoff and offers two ways to conquer it. To the left of the waterfall, a rig has to climb the wall while balancing on three wheels. The right side takes the vehicle through a rocky section filled with loose gravel, making traction a challenge.

Twenty-five years ago the southern chapter of the California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs (CA4WDC) started Panamint Valley Days to raise funds in order to politically support and defend the area from unreasonable closures, and bring old and new members together. Panamint Valley is a great location, with mild temperatures in fall and proximity to one of the country's largest national parks.

Panamint Valley Days offers 11 trails that range in difficulty from easy scenic runs to hardcore rockcrawling. Along the way are a number of historical sites, which include mines, miner's cabins, and interesting geological features. Another impressive aspect of the area's terrain is the extreme role Mother Nature plays in shaping the landscape and topography.

Even in a tough economy, Panamint Valley Days has excellent attendance, and registration is on the rise. Attending the event is a great way to safely explore both Panamint and Death Valley. We highly recommend the event and also spending a few days before and after exploring the area and soaking in its history and spectacular geography. It will give anyone a taste of what the harsh, wild-and-wooly Old West was like.

Although most of the vehicles in attendance are Jeeps, there are still a number of capable old Toyotas, International Scouts, and fullsize rigs. The event is open to any type of 4x4 as long as it meets the standard safety requirements.

For information on next year's event visit the association's website, www.cal4wheel.com.

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