Friday, January 27, 2012

Videos on Personal Website Thread + Skyline Rescue Report

My updated Personal Webside mountaineering thread contains some great videos including the Dru in the Alps and El Capitan in Yosemite.  Also Mt Baker winter climb photos

Re: Personal Websites

Postby Cy Kaicener » Wed Jan 25, 2012 3:40 pm -- Colin Haley -- Updated in Patagonia -- Mayan Smith Gobat -- New Zealand -- The Salathe Wall on El Capitan -- VIDEO -- Philippe Gatta -- France -- Updated -- Davide Capozzi -- Italy -- Great photography
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Postby TeamExpe » Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:31 am
Report of our last trek, in Toubkal (Atlas, Morocco) :
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Postby Cy Kaicener » Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:47 pm
Thanks TeamExpe

Winter Ascent of Mt Baker -- Great Photography -- Josh Lewis -- Washington -- Jonathan Griffith -- UK -- Video of Les Drus Lesueur

Search and Rescue rescue report on Skyline
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

17 hikers stranded at 8400 feet in blizzard

17 hikers were left outside a locked mountain station at the Palm Strings Aerial Tramway in a blizzard (two pages)   Gale force winds gusting up to 118 mph were recorded.  The building closed up at 2.00 pm - seven hours early

One of the stranded hikers wrote this message. I dont know if this was mentioned before

I am one of th 17 hikers stranded overnight at the top this past Saturday. When we got to the tram to go back down at around 4:30pm on Saturday, we were told by the ranger that the tram was closed and that we have to spend the night on the mountain. We were only prepared to do a one day hike, so we were not prepared properly to spend a nigh on the cold mountain (I believe the temperature was 20F). The ranger did not allow us to spend the night in his heated station. Instead, we were left with a shack, which we had to clear out, and create a makeshift door out of plywood. There was no insulation in the shack, so the temperature was as cold as the outside. The ranger provided some blankets, but was not enough to go around. Those who had blankets seem to be warm, but those who were freezing opted to build a fire outside when the winds died down to survive the cold.

The reason why I am giving 1 star is because it seems like the tram people didnt care about us at all. We went to the tram station to see if we can get inside, but was faced with a sign "TRAM CLOSED GO SEE RANGER AT RANGER STATION" handwritten in block letters from what seemed like from a 7 year old. The tram station was completely locked. The least the tram people could of done was to leave a person at the tram station to let us in and spend the night there. My friends and I paid the full $23 for the round trip, and we didn't even get a refund for the trip down the next day.

Some hikers half jokingly said that we should have just thrown a rock through the window of the tram station and say that the wind broke the window, and spend the night in the tram station, but none of us wanted to stoop to that level. We are civillized people, and would like to be treated the same.
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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Hiker Found Dead After Search

A 24 year old hiker was found dead in the Santa Rosa Mountains after a cold night out after his friend went for help.   --  Follow the story on my thread on this forum

Hiker Found Dead After Search

A 24-year-old Hemet man dies in the Santa Rosa Hills

POSTED: 7:41 am PST January 14, 2012
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Authorities found an ill hiker dead in the hills south of Hemet early Friday morning.
The Riverside County Sheriff's Department said 24-year-old Vladislav Lesnik was hiking with a friend in the Santa Rosa Hills on Thursday when he fell sick.
Lesnik's friend went for help, but was unable to lead rescue crews back to where he had left Lesnik, according to the sheriff's department.
Authorities located Lesnik's body on a mountainside, on the trails in Simpson Park at 7:30 the next morning.
An autopsy is now pending but authorities say foul play is not suspected.

Epic Skyline Weather Trip Report on Skyline 1/21/12

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The Craigmeister, Cindy and I headed up prepared for a blizzard based on the NOAA site and other reports. The sunrise was gorgeous -- a blaze of red in the clouds. Ania and Greg passed us at the picnic tables. Before long, we were treated to a beautiful rainbow. I was dressed in shorts and t-shirt and donned a long sleeve shirt at 4 K when it started to drizzle. The weather looked very forboding but then sun came out. I got too warm and took the shirt off at the base of the 5 K ridge.

We had a nice breeze on the Never Ending Ridge. Amazingly, we could still see the rainbow. We joked about finding the pot of gold at Flatrock. I thought I heard voices on the ridge. Sure enough, when we reached Flatrock we saw Tina, St. Patrick (Lilbitmo), Steve and Fern heading out. Caesar and Patti were up ahead as well. After a quick fuel break, we started up. It was awesome to be cool on the arduous climb and the rain had washed away most of the ice on the trail before the 7.4 K mark. There was a bit of new snow on the traverse and I donned microspikes at Coffman's.

We could hear the wind picking up as we approached Grubbs Notch. By the time we were a few switchbacks below Grubbs, the wind was absolutely howling -- it sounded like a locomotive. We immediately headed up through the rocks to the tram to escape the artic gusts. For safety concerns, no trams were coming up but we were able to ride down.

Said farewell to everyone at the museum and started the most treacherous part of the day -- driving home. The air was full of flying objects and the ground was littered as well. On top of that, it was sometimes impossible to see due to the blowing sand. I was very happy to reach the freeway (at least there the wind was blowing head on, not from the side).

All of us were very happy that the weather turned out better than expected. Another great day with friends.

Miles of smiles,

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Updated Personal Websites on Summitpost

Lizard Head (Colorado)
Alpine Grandeur (Alps)
I have updated my Personal Websites Thread on Summitpost

Re: Personal Websites

Postby Cy Kaicener » Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:41 am -- Josh Lewis -- Washington -- Interesting video -- hctrails -- New Member -- Wayne Wallace -- Washington -- Updated -- Mikey Schaeffer -- USA -- noahs213 -- Colorado -- Updated on Lizard Head Pk
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Postby Cy Kaicener » Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:11 pm -- Jonathan Griffith -- UK -- Updated -- Leseur route free on Les Drus -- Excellent pictures -- Andreas Fransson -- Sweden -- Updated on Mont Blanc -- benners (member of 14ers) -- Colorado -- Great pictures
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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Skyline Trail January 16 - 6.00 am

I just found out about this trip by the Meetup group at 6.00 am from the museum on  Mon 16

Skyline Trail- Very Strenuous- 8,400 Feet Gain

Selected By: Kathryn
101 N. Museum Dr, Palm Springs, CA (map)
33.824210 -116.549481

We'll meet in the parking lot at the Palm Springs Art Museum
Selected By: Kathryn
This is a VERY strenuous hike that ascends about 8,400 feet in about 9 miles. We will start at the Skyline trail-head, which is next to the Palm Springs Art Museum parking lot. The temperature can drop up to 30 degrees as we ascend, so I recommend bringing appropriate clothing. Please do not sign up for this hike unless you are sure that you can do it! Also, we will go up at a reasonable pace: 6-8 hours. If you feel that you cannot maintain this pace, please do not sign up.
Also, there probably will be some ice high up in the area called the traverse. To go across the ice you must have microspikes and poles!

We will take the tram down. The cost for a one-way car is about $12.00. We will then share a cab back to the Museum. The cab fare usually ends up being about $5.00 per person.
I recommend bringing all the regular hiking essentials, AT LEAST 3 liters of water, food or energy bars, gels and definitely electrolytes. Electrolytes are especially important to prevent or stop cramps. I recommend taking electrolytes before you begin the hike.
Also, if a member of the group is struggling or going MUCH slower than the group and if the group then decides that it is in the best interest of everyone for such a member to turn around and head back down the mountain ( only in safe conditions of course) then a struggling or slower member must go down. Such actions ensure the safety of the entire group. Please respect this.
Also, due to the extreme nature of this hike I am closing it for regular sign ups. If you would like to attend please sign up on the waiting list. If I have hiked with you before, know about you or can tell from your prior hiking experience that you will be able to do this hike at a reasonable place, I will add you to the list.
Every year there are many rescues on Skyline and over past years several hikers have died. Please do not attempt this hike unless you know that you are capable of doing it and please bring the necessary essentials. Skyline is especially dangerous in warm or hot weather. Please note that you agree to pay for any medical or legal cost involved in case of an injury to yourself, and request your heirs to respect your agreed waiver in case of a death due to any reason, by signing up for this event.
  • Muku
    Muku Ye~~~e, Jack is back :o) My knee is almost healing. Hope I can make it!!
    Posted Wednesday at 8:59 PM
  • Jack Pansegrau
    Jack Pansegrau Muku, good news on your knee! See you Monday.
    Posted Thursday at 7:24 AM
  • Desmond Hadden
    Desmond Hadden Is anyone driving in for the hike from LA? I can cover gas if allowed to carpool, thanks!
    Posted Friday at 11:59 AM
  • Krai
    Krai Looks like chance of snow finally this weekend and next Kathryn. Should we pack snowshoes, in case we decide to switch it to tramshoe?
    Posted Friday at 3:16 PM
  • Kathryn
    Kathryn Wow...if it snow that much we will have to change plans. No way I want us to break trail on Skyline in new snow. So sure...if it snows enough, let's just snowshoe to the summit!
    Posted Friday at 5:06 PM
  • Jack Pansegrau
    Jack Pansegrau Did Skyline today. Had Micros but icy patches were small enough just used my poles. Great weather and trail is in good condition. See you guys Monday. For sure we'll need poles and I'm bringing Micros - just in case.
    Posted Yesterday at 7:07 PM
  • Jin
    Jin hwoo, I am in now. Thanks, Kathryn. Can I get a carpool from OC area?
    Posted Yesterday at 8:04 PM
  • Muku
    Muku Wow! Jin is in! (it's rhyme :o) Jin, do you want to meet me @ Corona P&R?
    Posted Yesterday at 9:48 PM
  • Jin
    Jin thanks, muku. I sent email to you.
    Posted 5 hours ago
  • Kathryn
    Kathryn Hi everyone...just an update on the weather. It looks quite exciting! we may need to bring rain gear and very warm clothing..
    Posted 1 hour ago
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