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I am going to be heading into Death Valley arriving about 10:30 A.M. from the Vegas direction with my son (10 years old) next Monday (Nov. 19th).  I am looking for suggestions for a backpack that meets the following:

A really short hike in Monday night (1-2 miles) to a suitable spot to camp, we will hike all day Tuesday and return to the car late afternoon Wednesday.  Say 12 to 15 miles total trip.  I will be exiting the West side of the park towards Ridgecrest.

I will be driving a standard rental car so I need to stay on a good road.  Any interesting man made ruins, petroglyphs or etc. my son would like is a plus.  

I am an experienced desert backpacker but have never been to Death Valley before.  I know I could probably see more day hiking, but I really want to spend a couple of nights on the trail.

Any suggestions those familiar with the park can give me would be greatly appreciated!
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Can I direct you to this discussion? http://forums.backpacker.com/cgi-bin....1160909
(In case I screwed up the link, it's in this forum, about 2/3 of the way down the page).  

Are you prepared to carry all the water you will need?


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Given your wants, i would agree with Rebecca.  You will need to carry about 4 gallons of water so the 2 of you will have what you need.  If you are going in about 2 miles to a base camp, and dayhiking out of it on day 2, then make sure you secure the water from critters who will chew into water jugs.  I have seen birds peck holes into thin jugs hung from a line.  Mice, or some walking critter, chewed a hole into a jug of mine once.  I learned.

As for where in DV, I cannot help at this time.  All of my trips there have incurred more hiking than you want to a base camp.  


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