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Cloudburst Canyon, May 2007

November 26th, 2007 by

On May 28, 2007, around 11 AM, Peter called me and asked if I wanted to go “hiking”. When he said “hiking” he secretly meant “proto-canyoneering”, but I was game, so off we went. This ended up being me, Erin, Peter, Helen, and Miranda on an ~1.5 mi canyon route, using two cars. It was more or less downhill the whole way (short of the first bit on fireroad), but no major elevation change was involved. The trip was to Cloudburst Canyon, rated by Chris Brennan as “not that hard, but also not that interesting.” But it was kind of cool on its own, and it was good rope practice, I guess.

in our lovely scented exit area

ye olde hike

Zuma Canyon, May 12 2007

November 19th, 2007 by

On May 12, 2007 I went with a whole group of people (a dozen or so) on a hike up and around Zuma Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains NRA. The trip was 8 mi or so, and 1700′ of gain, give or take.

seahorse looking flower. nice.

hiking…with a dog, a river, and a scramble

San Gorgonio, April 2007

November 13th, 2007 by

So this trip was pretty cool. This was probably the hardest bit of hiking I’ve done to date, and I would have been way more proud of the fact if people weren’t doing it as a dayhike and kicking our asses both up *and* down the mountain. Well, my ass. Joe could have done it.

Anyway! We did an overnight backpack on April 28-29, 2007 of Mt San Gorgonio, the tallest mountain in Southern California, with the summit at 11,502′. The trip was a one nighter. The first day was just short of 6 miles, and about 3k’ of gain. The next day was 11-12 miles, with 2k’ gain, and all 5.4k’ of loss. Ouch. This is hike #54 in San Bernardino Mountain Trails, the current edition by David Money Harris (I kid you not. real name. hotshot engineering faculty at Harvey Mudd, too).

I always see a gnarly face in there


off we go!