onM-Class 2001 Spring Trip to Death Valley

Trip report and pics

We had a great time ! 


The third M-Class spring trip to Death Valley is scheduled for March 9, 10, 11 2001. Objective is to get together with other M-Class owners during an exciting 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 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.

Right at the beginning as well as whenever a suitable situation offers itself I will share my knowledge about safe driving beyond pavement with the group.

 My fee is $250 per vehicle including $100 going to a charitable organization. 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 ($298 for two per room) to cover my fee and lodging Friday night. If you need additional rooms for friends or kids let me know asap. You can either mail me a check or pay secure online using the link on the right.


Harald Pietschmann


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