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Chris Wicht Novak Camp

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Our first night was at the base of Surprise Canyon. This is the site of the Chris Wicht/Novak camp, a mining camp that burnt down a few years prior. Surprise Canyon was one of the preeminent rockcrawling trails 10 years ago, with many technical waterfalls that required extensive winching leading up to an old mining site known as Panamint City. This trail was shut down due to misguided environmental concerns.