With the family gone, I decided to make up for some canceled trips and head up to San Gorgonio. I decided on a one-nighter along the Vivian Creek trail and was able to secure a permit for Friday night camping at High Creek. I got to the trailhead around 2:00p and was hiking at 2:30p. After a bit of a crummy road walk and crossing Mill Creek, I hit one of the steepest trails I have ever hiked. The next mile was tough going up to Vivian Creek camp. After that, the trail leveled out somewhat for a 4 mile steady climb past Halfway Camp to High Trail Camp which I made in 2.5 hours. At High Creek, I stopped for a snack and chatted with volunteer Ranger Dan who was very helpful. Since I was ahead of schedule, I decided to head up to the summit to camp for the night. About halfway up the hike to the ridge crest, I started getting nauseous. I know I suffer from altitude sickness but hoped this would just be a mild case and hiked on. After making the ridge and seeing the Choachella Valley below, I knew I couldn't continue; the nausea, headache and fatigue were too much. After a short break, I headed back down to High Creek. I wanted to tell Ranger Dan my change of plans since he signed off on my permit change. I quickly set up camp, washed up and lied down to recover. The night was restless and had a few sprinkles to make me get a bit nervous about cowboy camping. In the morning, I decided not to tempt fate again and quickly descended down the mountain. I got the trailhead in 1.5 hours, put on some fresh clothes and headed home with a quick stop at the Elkhorn General Store for a much needed cup of coffee. Overall, the hike was great, weather was great, altitude sickness not so much. I intend to go again but will not try to go above 10,000 feet on the first day.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Friday, July 04, 2014
With some good book reading time due to recent long plane rides, I got through a good batch of books.
- Elements of Jazz: From Cakewalk to Fusion by Bill Messenger - I have found myself listening to jazz more and more but didn't know anything about; this course helped by decipher the different styles of jazz
- Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson- a great book on one of the most influential periods of history that has left a profound impact on us to this day; less a biography of T. E. Lawrence and more blow-by-blow narrative of the all different threads weaving their way in WWI middle east - fascinating
- Ultralight Survival Kit by Jason Lichter - wonderful little encyclopaedia of knowledge for ultralight backpacking, although not for beginners
- Firestorm (Anna Pigeon) by Nevada Barr- A nice adventure mystery set in Lassen NP
- Okinawa: The Last Battle of World War II by Robert Leckie- interesting narrative of the Okinawa campaign in Leckie's unique style
- Code To Zero by Ken Follett - I liked the 50's space race setting for this thriller
- Hornet Flight by Ken Follett - based on a true story, some parts were very predictable
- The Paleo Slow Cooker: Healthy, Gluten-free Meals the Easy Way by Arsy Vartanian - yet another book on paleo recipes
- Basic Training for Dummies by Rod Powers - not sure why I got this, just seemed interesting
- Long 19th Century: European History from 1789 to 1917 by Robert I. Weiner - great topic and material but the lectures are hard to follow; the library didn't have part 3 so I only got through 2/3'rds of it