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Old 05-25-2015, 09:46 AM   #21 (permalink)
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San Gorgonio Wilderness

I set out to summit Dobbs Peak and East Dobbs Peak, but it didn't work out. The "trail" I chose became more and more hazardous the further up i climbed, so I aborted that mission and headed back down the mountain.

so, it ended up being a nice, leisurely day. And without any concerns about running out of daylight or having a challenge to meet, I was able to really focus on enjoying all the beauty of the wilderness. I think I want to start doing overnighters in the woods this summer. I like not having to stress and being able to take my time. It kind of surprised me how much I like it.



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Cool! In that last pic, is that an "ocean" of cloud to the left below you? It looks like a cove on the water, but with clouds
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It was totally overcast in the valley below. It even rained a bit as I drove up. But it was all lower down, so from above you got that "the world is a giant beer" effect. I love it when that happens.

Here's the pic I took where I turned back. You can see the same "ocean" beyond Yucaipa ridge.



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Jepson Peak

Did an epic hike today. Like 24 miles. I set out to tag 3 peaks, maybe 5. Ended up with one. However, Jepson IS the 2nd highest peak in SoCal, behind San Gorgonio Mountain which I've already climbed. Jepson is 11,200 ft. Awesome altitude buzz.



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Do it man! Backpacking is lots of fun and while that snow is around you got a good water source.
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I really want to start doing that. It was a 10 mile hike just to get up to 10,000 ft. I only had about 2 hours to explore before I had to head back down. I want to go up there for 2-3 days so there's no hurry, and I'm free to go poking around and soak up all the glory of the high country.

I have an old aluminum frame pack, and a sleeping bag, but it's not a backpacking bag. I also don't have a tent or stove or anything. I need to get a better job.



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Is that a tad of snow on there, or white sand? Those big trees look wild looking, growing right up out of the rocks!
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It's the very last of the year's snow, actually.

I love the high altitude trees. They look like they're hardened old badasses who have battled a harsh environment for centuries and are still holding on.



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The gear is expensive. If you are an REI member you get access to the used gear sales they hold. a good sleeping bag is an important investment. You can get a cheap stove and the only drawback is weight and for 2-3 night excursions that isn't a big issue. Good ol iodine tablets purify water for cheap or ball out for a hand filter If you can't handle the taste.

Good luck man.
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I summited my 100th peak this weekend. Here's some pix.



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Stunning!
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Amazing.

How do you do it in the heat?
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Old 07-27-2015, 07:15 PM   #33 (permalink)
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It wasn't that hot up there. In fact, there was a stiff breeze that was kinda chilly. When it subsided, the warmth felt good. At lower altitudes, I was always there in the morning or afternoon. Did get a good sunburn, tho. I'm a true redneck, now.



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Ahh.
Looks hot.
The weather man said we were getting his heat from you buys in California..
Love the pictures.
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Yucaipa Ridge

Here's some pix from a trip a few weeks ago. This place is the TRUE wilderness. You visit a designated wilderness area, and you still have well groomed trails and rangers and campsites and stuff. You have none of that here. The trail is barely demarcated in places by the occasional cairn. There are bear tracks all over the place, as well, as human presence hasn't pushed them into the remote corners of the forest.

I gotta spend a couple nights up there.



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rate the peacefulness of these hikes on a scale of 2 to 17

2 being pure stress, 17 being pure peace
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The only stress I ever feel is when I let myself linger too long and risk hiking in the dark at the end. Otherwise, it's really joyous. The solitude and the quiet are an 18, man.

Also, the arbitrariness of your scale was thoroughly enjoyable.



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Summitted San Bernardino Peak yesterday. My third time up. I stopped by the Washington Monument, and finally got pix of the third Initial Point Marker.



The arrows point out the three markers. The pile of rocks is the original Initial Point, built in 1852 by Col. Henry Washington and his group. It should have been the only one, but those doing surveys to the north and south, as they worked their way toward the baseline (the east-west line going through the monument), fucked up and met the line 600 and 900 yards to the east. So, unlike the 30-something other IP's in the country, ours has been split into three, each with it's own marker.

Last year, I got a picture of the marker where the north line hits the baseline. Yesterday, I finally got my picture of the marker where the south line hits the baseline. There's also a convenient picture of yours truly next to the original monument. There are monuments at all of the different Initial Points in the country, but this one is the only one that's still the original one, built when the point was established.



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It was a really gorgeous day. Got some really great pictures of the old, old trees from the 10,000 ft. elevation area. Some of these are over a 1000 years old.



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I haven't seen these pics.
How far do you think you've travelled?
By foot..
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