I went canyoneering...
"WTF is that?"... you might ask.
Well, it's hard to explain, so here's a vid from our trip last weekend.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Had another amazing weekend! This time not requiring much driving. Lou-Doo and I went out to Kirby Cove on Thursday for a chill night battling the raccoons. On friday, we caught the flood tide to Angel Island, hiked around for a while, then caught the ebb tide back, just in time to party for the rest of the weekend. Alia, Kevin, & Grahm all celebrated their b-day's and the SF weather gods granted them some great weather.
Fog rolling in through the GG Bridge, as seen from Angel Island...
Caught some nice sunsets as well....
Monday, September 13, 2010
...far better than climbing [Mt. Shasta] is going around its warm fertile base, enjoying its bounties like a bee circling around a bank of flowers... As you sweep around so grand a centre the mountain itself seems to turn... One glacier after another comes into view, and the outlines of the mountain are ever changing.
- John Muir
Seltzers and Sanger book, as well as the "Backpacking California" book. Unfortunately I couldn't find the book... fortunately we had a map, a good attitude, and gatorade bottle full of whiskey. I'm guesstimating that the route was approximately 25+ miles X-country with 5 miles or so trail/pavement, and I'd give it a minimum of 3 full days (8+ hours) of hiking to complete.
Here's some quick info:
- Going around Shastina is all scree... hiking boots and gaiters recommended... also hiking poles... also keeping your backpack ultralight helps.
- Although there are no trails, finding a campsite was quite easy, provided you are just a group of 2, or aren't too picky (despite what we had read). There are also a few semi-established camps, so to lower your impact we suggest camping at those sites if you can find them.
- There are bears, mountain lions, etc... but we didn't see any. These bears aren't used to people like they are in the Sierras and usually run away from you, rather than towards you.
- Water isn't an issue except for the first day going around Shastina. We did melt some water on the morning of day 2, until we got to a small stream. If you start out earlier, I don't think this will be a problem.
- Mud Creek Canyon is daunting... and there is no easy way through it (I recommend going high, where it's more sand-duney... and jumping)... here is a view of Mud Creek Canyon after we crossed the creek and got to the top of the other side. I'd say that from the rim to the creek is at least 1500 feet. All scree, kicking down huge bouders the whole time. Go up high until you get to the black streaky slope... that area looked nice and sandy.
- Since you will be off trail, you will not see many folks. We didn't see anyone else from the time we left Horse Camp, until we got to Panther meadow.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Kimbo and I went up to the Trinity Alps with Mingus last weekend. We hiked in 6 or 7 miles, then hiked in 3 more in the morning to Morris Meadow for a 20 mile round trip on the Stewart Fork trail. I finally got some good water droplet photos at Morris Meadow... it seems like you need to have a really bright background, no wind, and some good luck with your focus on your camera. What an amazing hike!