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June 2011
Volume 17, Issue 5

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PEAKBAGGING TRIP

Mike, Derek, Joel, Leo, Eric, Hannah, and Ali on the summit of Mt. Baldy

By 6:30 am, the parking area was very crowded!

San Antonio Falls en route to Mt. Baldy

Hannah and Eric taking a break near the Ski Hut

Leo and Derek looking back down the trail

Joel and the summit plaque

Looking back to Mt. Baldy as we ascend Mt. Harwood, a "bonus peak"

The trail along "Devil's Backbone"

Ready for long day on Mt. San Gorgonio

We hit the wilderness sign as we climb the steep switchbacks up to Vivian Creek.

The trail then meanders along Vivian Creek for about 2.5 miles.

Eric and Hannah ascending the snowfield

It was too cold and windy for a summit pose on San Gorgonio. It was about 30 degrees with 60 mile an hour winds!

Dense fog and snow made our descent interesting.

 

May 28-30, 2011
Report and Photos by Joel Brewster

Training for the big Shasta/Hood/Rainier trip brought us to Southern California for Memorial Day weekend. I decided to schedule the Three Big Peaks" of Southern California, Mt. Baldy, Mt. San Gorgonio, and San Jacinto Pk. in three days. I was joined by Mike S., Leo, Ali, Derek, Hannah, and her boyfriend, Eric.

As it turned out, it was even better training than I had anticipated as there was still significant snow on all three peaks, due to the above-average precipitation and below-average spring temperatures. The total for the three days was about 40 miles hiked with an elevation gain of just over 13,000'. Throw in some steep icy snow in spots and some true "mountaineering weather" on Sunday (30 degrees with 60 mile per hour winds) and it became quite the adventure!

All three peaks were worthy and quite interesting in their own way. Mt. Baldy was very crowded, but a very pleasant loop hike up the Ski Hut trail and down Baldy ridge to a long service road descent. Mt. San Gorgonio was an epic all-day journey through a wide variety of terrain and weather. Since we "cheated" on San Jacinto and took the tram up to 8600', it was a very scenic, moderate hike (perfect for our final day). The views from all three peaks were tremendous.

We found a cool "campsite" near the trailhead for San Gorgonio in a secluded area. It was unclear whether we were allowed to camp here or not, but nobody bothered us the two nights we spent there!

It was an excellent weekend; thanks to everyone that joined me for this trip!

Looking down on the San Jacinto tram that takes you up over 6000'

Leo, Mike, and Ali at the Long Valley ranger station, where we had to stop to obtain a permit

There were lots of trail signs, except for where we needed one, before we took a detour to "Lotus".

Mike with sardines we found in the stone shelter just below the summit

Joel, Ali, Mike, and Leo on San Jacinto

Victory... three peaks in three days!


LVMC MONTHLY BIO FEATURE

Eric Kassan

Where were you born?
I was born in New York City (not my choice/fault!)

How long have you lived in Las Vegas?
6.5 years

What is your occupation?
Information Technology Consultant

How long have you been an LVMC member?
2 years (but wish I'd found it earlier)

What is your favorite hike/climb?
My next one (whichever one that may be)

What is the most challenging hike/climb you have done?
Olancha Peak - 6,783 ft gain over 21.7 miles

How did you get into hiking/climbing?
Tried peakbagging on a whim, then the 1991 movie "K2 - The Ultimate High" sealed the deal.


What are your hobbies other than hiking/climbing?
Who has time for anything else? Seriously, I also enjoy traveling/driving, philosophy (Objectivism), and technology.


 

LAS VEGAS MOUNTAINEERS CLUB
BOARD OF DIRECTORS


President: Jose Witt
Vice President/Training Director: Richard Baugh
Secretary: Lynda Gallia
Treasurer: Nasrin Houston
Newsletter Editor: Joel Brewster
Outings Director:
Dan Young
Membership Director: Eric Kassan
Website Director: Amy Brewster
Public Relations/Marketing Directors: Doug Hladky
Club Gear Director:
Dan Young
Social Director: Skip Spilman
Assistant Director: Heather Torrey
Past President: Kristi Meyer

The Ascender is the monthly online newsletter of the Las Vegas Mountaineers Club. All content is property of LVMC and may be used only by the original submitters. All others must obtain written consent from the Board of Directors.
All Club members are invited to submit trip reports, photos, trip listings, recipes, classified ads and other related information. July 10th is the deadline for the next issue.

SUBMIT ARTICLES TO:
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E-mail: web@lvmc.org

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GENERAL MEETINGS

The Las Vegas Mountaineers meet on the 4th WEDNESDAY of the month at REI in Boca Park.

JUNE

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Canyoneering in the Grand Canyon
Lori Curry

In February of this year, a dedicated group of 19 intrepid explorers began a pioneering 30 day canyoneering & rafting (Raftoneering) trip down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park. Why? Whitewater rafting, amazing scenery, cold camps, 4 am wake ups, tough hikes, and the most exquisite technical canyons found to date within this National Park. Come hear about how this first of its kind private trip was organized, planned, and executed and see photos and video of some of the amazing places that are only now being revealed by the development of canyoneering techniques and equipment that allow this vast land to finally be explored to its depths by pioneers such as Rich Rudow and Todd Martin.

 

JULY

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

TBA
TBA

 

 


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