I will be running a recon of the playa next weekend headed to the actual BALLS launch site and perimeter. I think everyone is over reacting. We have been dry for the last month and the temps have been in the middle high 90s with several days of triple digits. Speaking with Gerald today I would say the worst case is a lower standing waiver with the launch site being moved closer to what it used to be. You can thank the Carmack prize team that landed outside the waiver for the FAA and BLM pushing us farther north east for the last few years. I see know issues other than being near the Quinne River sink and that the ground may be saturated causing issues with heavier vehicles.
I wish you good travels! Hopefully, you can get to somewhere near the center of operations. I need 160K and it isn't all that easy to bring that down (intentionally that is). Thanks for checking it out.
Jim- just drop it on top of the mountain like before, no mud there!
Original plan was for the powers at Tripoli Gerlach to make the call tomorrow, August 1, but I think it may be put off a couple of days for the report from the AEROPAC launch.
In the picture I believe the BALLS launch site is right in the middle of the gray band.