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Mugu Peak, Pt. Mugu State Park – November 23, 2008

February 16th, 2011 by

Another day, another hike. Well, I wish that were really true, but, I guess it is more like, another day, occasionally another hike! We all do what we can. This was a lovely November day, and I am not even quite sure who initially came up with the idea, but I ended up heading out to the Santa Monica Mountains with Joe, Jeff, and Nicole. We did a 9 mile, 1200′ or so gain, round trip hike, with a quick side detour to get to the summit of Mugu Peak. This was, quite honestly, some of the most unexpected terrain I’ve seen hiking in Southern California, and perhaps by virtue of being unusual, struck me as some of the most beautiful.


plains

to the rest of the hike

October 12, 2008 Geocaching

February 13th, 2011 by

Well, I’ve enjoyed geocaching a bit ever since I got my GPS a few years back, but it’s generally been something I’ve done as an add-on to hiking, or finding the occasional urban cache. But one day this gentleman Tobias sent out mail to the Caltech Alpine Club asking if anyone wanted to go out for an actual day of geocaching, and I went. Erin came as well, and we went around to several places that I probably would not have stopped to look at otherwise.

oh-noes
Not so much of a problem today.

Onwards

Mt. Whitney – September 7-8, 2008

February 9th, 2011 by

Well, this is the big one, isn’t it? I’d had Mt. Whitney on my list for a long time, and I finally did it. This trail is interesting. If you take the main route, it is trail (and good trail) all the way. You can go in late summer and run into no ice or snow (though we did get some ice pellets!) It is 11 miles one way from Whitney Portal, and gains some 6100′ on the way to the summit at 14,505′, the tallest summit in the continental United States. It seems just like another hard, but not ridiculous trail.

But up at those kinds of elevations, the game changes. I felt pretty physically crappy at the top. I possibly pushed it a little further than I should have, but heck, I didn’t puke. But I saw a super fit guy in his 20s turn around at 9,000′. I talked to an older man in his 60s near the summit who said he had summited many many times, and could never understand how fit people could not make the trip…until he got violently ill on his 7th time up the mountain.

Anyway. I did this trail, camping the night before at Whitney Portal at 8k’ or so, spending one night along the way at Trail Camp at 12,000′ feet, then summiting and descending the following day. It was physically taxing to me, and I was definitely exhibiting signs of elevation sickness…but I made it. It is a beautiful trip, exempliyfing many of the beautiful things in the Sierras, and I spent a lot of it being miserable. Next time, the mountaineer’s route!


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view west from the summit

A Long Hike