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unfortunately this is the area of a massive fire in which 4(probably 5)
firefighters died-arson...did you realize 19 firefighters died in
california this year!!!


                                                                           
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Major kudos to you, Dennis! Never told me about the triple bypass. Way to
go, brother. I sure hope I get to sign in at the Slides at Whiteface,
"pleural desmoid tumor: April-July 2006".

Geezers kick ass!!!!

Sharon Lives <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Congrats on such a speedy recovery! Sounds like a really nice trek. Thanks
for posting that story. You are quite and inspiration. -Sh

On Thu, 26 Oct 2006 15:18:43 -0700, Denis Bogan
wrote:

>The week of Oct. 16 I attended a meeting in LA
>(Pasadena). I get there 3 or more times per year on
>business and always try to schedule a weekend before
>or after for recreation of some kind. On Sat. the
>21st a desire not to repeat the past and pure whimsy
>took me to Palm Springs and the tram up Mount San
>Jacinto. This is really a range of its own, separated
>by a deep valley from the San Gabriel mountains which
>run east west and form the northern rim of the LA
>basin. Both ranges are incredibly rugged with
>precipitous granite flanks. The dry desert valley is
>the route of Interstate-10 and contains several
>_thousand_ giant power generating wind turbines. The
>San Jacinto range lies directly on top of the San
>Andreas fault and it is being pushed up rapidly as the
>north american and pacific plates collide. I was not
>interested in Palm Springs, golf in the desert, or
>casinos, I was there for the mountain.
>http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=636
>
>The tram takes you from the desert floor through 4
>climate zones to 8500 ft. in 11 minutes. You exit in
>a forest of conifers and view a startlingly large
>plateau with a half dozen peaks rising above. It was
>1 PM and I expected a short easy hike would lead to
>the top. I asked the girl at the desk about the trail
>to the summit. She gave me a blank look and the other
>girl said, "That means the peak. I worked here 3
>years before I knew that." I love California. :)
>Anyway it turns out that the peak was a 6 mile hike
>one way with 2300 feet of elevation gain to 10,800 ft.
> Map,
>http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/636/files/MtSanJacintoSPmap.pdf
>
>If you blow up the map and navigate around the route
>is obvious. I signed a wilderness permit and told the
>ranger I would set a 4:30 turn-around time. There
>were warnings not to hike alone because of mountain
>lions, but I would actually like to see one and so
>hiked alone and quietly. They are particularly active
>near dusk.
>
>To my amazement, I kept passing people, several dozen
>in all, 2 scout troops, one a high adventure group of
>16 yr. olds. Nobody passed me. I just kept walking
>steadily and was on top at 4:00. Just below the
>summit is a ranger cabin and a log. I signed it
>"Denis J. Bogan, Oct. 21, 2006, triple bypass on June
>13, 2006", headed down and signed out at 6:15, just
>before dark. I am healthy and ready to ski.
>
>The day was brilliant and cloudless. The last mile or
>so of the trail to the peak traverses across a steep
>open slope with an unobstructed view of the desert
>10,000 feet below. In winter you can ski here. Most
>stay on the high plateau and ski XC. However in big
>snow years backcountry skiers can descend 5000 - 9000
>vertical feet of steep technical skiing. One report I
>read said that a 75 foot rappel was needed in the
>middle. Sounds out of my league, but I highly
>recommend the hike.
>
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