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[*] posted on 8-7-2008 at 08:01 PM


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JD - in 2000 I drove my diesel/camper from Tortuga village (where the police chief personally escorted me up to the commercial diesel tanks because I was driving on fumes - no diesel in San Ignacio, none in Abreojos! AND the PEMEX in Tortuga forgot to pay PEMEX so they were cut off .. . ) - phew -

went east towards the fish camps on the opposite coast and simply followed the road along the aqueduct (Tortuga got all its water from the pump station at Vizcaino). The whole section is has steep cliffs with just a few arroyos down to rocky beaches.

When you come to the end of the cliffs, you are looking eastward along Malarrimo Beach - I thought I could se GN in the distance, but anyway, the view was fantastic. Actually getting down to the beach had its moments (I had a Lance 8ft camper, the heaviest pig ever designed for Arctic camping), but I finally made it.

My treasure - a 5´x5´ mahogany grate/hatch cover - beautifully crafted - with copper screws.

Great people, lonely place.


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[*] posted on 6-18-2009 at 05:44 PM
A picture (map) is worth a thousand words...


A great pair of trip reports from DTBUSHPILOT and UDO!

DT drove to Malarrimo Beach... made famous by Mike McMahan and others over the years... 'Playa Malarrimo'.

Udo drove to the fish camp of 'Malarrimo', north and a bit west of Bahia Tortugas... on the graded road shown:

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[*] posted on 6-18-2009 at 06:21 PM


Thanks for the visual DK. The beach that I went to is the one that people talk about the redwood logs on the beach. They can be seen in the background of the "made it" picture



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[*] posted on 6-18-2009 at 08:03 PM


OOOOH. I missed DTBP's and UDO's posts originally. Nice trip reports with fun photos, thanks. Need more of this stuff on Nomad. It's getting me motivated to head south.



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[*] posted on 6-18-2009 at 08:49 PM


Thanks for the pair of maps, DK.
Re-reading the entire post made me want to do the trip again!
DT & I had a great adventure in Malarrimo, and it was made even better by the residents of Tortuga.
Mextrans should have most of the road from the Bahia Asuncion turnoff to Tortuga paved by now, which will make it much easier for the non-initiated Nomad to visit.

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[*] posted on 6-18-2009 at 09:56 PM


This is bringing back some happy memories from my "circumbaja" {Into a Desert Place} trip there in 1983. Managed to dig out these old black and white photos...

My approach was via panga across Scammon's Lagoon.

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[*] posted on 6-18-2009 at 09:58 PM


Fishermen help me unload on the beach and warn/advise me about what's ahead.

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[*] posted on 6-18-2009 at 09:59 PM


I soon see that there is going to be some amazing beachcombing.

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[*] posted on 6-18-2009 at 10:00 PM


A graveyard for all kind of things... wonder if I'm next!

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[*] posted on 6-18-2009 at 10:01 PM


At least I'll have plenty of ammo

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[*] posted on 6-18-2009 at 10:02 PM


And plenty of survival rations thanks to Uncle Sam.

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[*] posted on 6-18-2009 at 10:04 PM


But you don't want to get stuck in the talc-like soft sand.

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[*] posted on 6-18-2009 at 10:07 PM


Geez... and then there was all that Japanese whisky and such... no wonder I hardly remember being there.


And this is the holy boat that took me across the mouth of the new lagoon that divided Malarrimo.

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[*] posted on 6-19-2009 at 07:53 AM


Reminds me of the buried Statue of Liberty scene in Planet of The Apes.
I wish I had a slide scanner and I would dig up my old photos of 1975 & 1977 (I know DK!)

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[*] posted on 6-19-2009 at 08:39 AM
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In Mike McMahan's Baja books ('There It Is: Baja!' 1973 hardback and 'Adventures in Baja' 1983 paperback) are some of the coolest examples of Malarrimo beachcombing that have given many of us the desire to go out there:













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[*] posted on 6-20-2009 at 08:13 AM


Was at Playa Malarrimo 2002 and there was a very large Badger living about a mile from the ocean. Saw him going in and coming out.
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[*] posted on 6-20-2009 at 08:25 AM


There is still some adventure left in Baja California...this is a great thread. Thanks guys for posting all the interesting fotos.



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[*] posted on 6-20-2009 at 08:40 AM


Thanks for the terrific old photos, y'all!
When we jeeped over there in the seventies, there was so much stuff there to beachcomb through and we were limited in space of what we could bring back (we were still headed south with two weeks to go before we went back north). The lack of room in our Jeeps allowed us to only bring back a small handful of items. We went back three years later, and still had no more room.
Many things were confiscated at the US Customs inspection after sending us into secondary when we returned.




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[*] posted on 6-20-2009 at 11:58 AM


Thanks dtbushpilot, nice report and photos.

Brings back really great memories: spring 1972, minimal maps/guides—(Cliff Cross who hadn't been out there), Gerhard and Gulick (who also admitted to not driving the route), Walt Wheelock's map, AA map with only dashed-lines—a "piece of eight", and visions of treasures. Oh, and no pavement.

Incredible winds for three consecutive days had all but obliterated any sign of track north from San José de Castro. This was before GPSs, but we had a compass and sextant and the promise from a local at SJdC that if we didn't report back within five days he would come looking for us.

It was a marvelous adventure and it appears that you had one as well. I applaud you for taking your truck-camper out there. You must have had moments... .

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[*] posted on 6-20-2009 at 12:03 PM


rpleger, Yep!:bounce:
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