A possible Saturday Skyline

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probably will go on sunday

Postby michael » Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:21 am

I couldnt make it today (Saturday) so will probably go on Sunday morning....looking over some of the comments I too am worried....like im looking at a train wreck... probably just in my head....might be an alternate group leader...though i really fear for the slower hikers...
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Postby PatrickSupra » Sat Sep 10, 2011 3:38 am

I'm meeting up with Ellen in an hour at the art museum. Really looking forward to this hike! Bluerail, you're starting an hour after us? Maybe we'll see you.
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Postby HH8 » Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:10 am

I got as far as those 5 picnic tables by 3 AM and opted against ridge-running with lightning up there several times per minute.
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Postby PatrickSupra » Sat Sep 10, 2011 12:51 pm

I had such a great time guys, thank you all for leading me up my first Skyline. It was everything I had hoped for and then some. I'll be feeling the last two miles for a couple days. Worth every step!
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Postby neverwashasbeen » Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:03 pm

I saw 7 headed up :) and about an hour later, one headed down :? :shock:
Happy Trails!
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A possible Saturday Skyline

Postby Cy Kaicener » Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:45 pm

I am looking forward to Ellens trip report.
Tomorrow's c2c should be interesting. They have 14 people signed up starting at 1.00 am

http://www.hiking4health.com/?p=230 (C2C details)
. Please visit my website at www.hiking4health.com for more information especially the Links.
http://cys-hiking-adventures.blogspot.com
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Postby bluerail » Sat Sep 10, 2011 3:33 pm

where the heck were you Cameron? And was that you on the rock?

nice job Patrick....welcome to your new problem.
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Postby hvydrt » Sat Sep 10, 2011 4:35 pm

Zé wrote:...seems some people think they can do the hike because they were in the military. we know how that's turned about before...


michael wrote:....like im looking at a train wreck... probably just in my head....might be an alternate group leader..


Its starting to sounds like summitpost around here.
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Postby PatrickSupra » Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:14 pm

Thanks Steve. Had a blast out there. I'm gonna take tomorrow off but let me know when you get something crazy planned during the tram closure. :)
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Postby Ellen » Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:00 am

Howdy All :)

I saw flashes of lightning as I drove over the pass in Beaumont. It started raining on 111 -- I was very happy to only be doing Skyline. Met Patrick and Robin in the parking lot and started about 4:45 AM. I was struggling by the picnic tables -- it was very humid. My headlamp had died, which made my usual stumbling around in the dark worse. Fortunately, Robin had spare batteries.

I encouraged them to go ahead but they kindly stayed with me. The greyhounds (Dynamic Duo, Ironman Martine and his son Martine) caught us at Shade Rock. I breathed a sigh of relief and dropped back, trying to find a workable pace. I thought I would wipe off my face with the amount I used my hankerchef. Fortunately, we did have some cloud cover, which helped significantly. I caught up the greyhounds at the bottom of the 5 K ridge and maintained loose contact from that point on.

The desert rats thought the weather was great -- the polar bear was metling. It was a relief to reach the Thankyou Jesus Rocks at the beginning of the traverse and finally feel a breeze. I felt like I clawed my way on all fours from Coffman's to Grubbs Notch. Scrambled up the rocks to the tram and quickly enjoyed a Stone IPA before heading down. Had a wonderful meal at Las Casuelas before heading home, taking a bath, and beginning my coma.

It was a great and challenging day -- thanks to my fast friends for their company. I don't think it will be long before Patrick is knocking out sub four Skylines.

I'm looking forward to cooler Skylines when the tram reopens.

Miles of smiles,
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