onM-Class 2002 Spring Trip to Death Valley

We had a great time last year!

The fourth M-Class spring trip to Death Valley is scheduled for April 26, 27, 28, 2002. Objective is to get together with other M-Class owners during an exciting backcountry trip and simply have a good time. For folks with extremely tight schedules it is possible to join the group for the last two days.

The number of vehicles is limited to 10. No limit to number of passengers.

All roads and trails we will be using are open to the public and DO NOT represent any danger to your vehicle as long as you use common sense.

Road surface in Death Valley will vary from blacktop to graded dirt to unmaintained dirt. We do not intend to engage in any rough off-road activities. No damage to your vehicle intended - Mother Nature will be safe, too. I'll add a few vital driving tips, so you are mentally prepared for what to expect. Proper positioning on the trail as well as extreme tire care will make a big difference.

Right at the beginning as well as whenever a suitable opportunity offers itself I will share my knowledge about safe 4x4 driving with the group.

 My fee is $250 per vehicle including $100 going to a charitable organization. Lodging Friday night is $41 for a single, $48 for two. With the donation we avoid being a commercial tour and with that we avoid all the hassle of difficult to obtain permits by the DV NPS, $1 Mio insurance etc.

Unfortunately all hotels in Death Valley are booked solid that weekend, but I was able to secure a block of ten rooms for us in Beatty (just outside of DV)

I will need a firm e-mail commitment from you plus $291 per vehicle if you come alone ($298 if you come with a codriver). If you need additional rooms for friends or kids let me know asap, so I can get more rooms. You can either mail me a check or pay online using the link on the right.


Harold Pietschmann

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Time table

day 1 - day 2 - day 3

Driving tips:

ETS and use of brake

save your tires !

save your paint

DV roads

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future trips:

spring 2002 Baja trip
fall 2002 DV trip
fall 2002 Baja trip


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