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Anza Borrego overnight backpack - Whale Peak #2461654
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Little trip my wife and I did last week:

The hike in. We took a west approach leading up through a canyon, boulderhopping pretty much the whole way with a nice cool breeze blowing through.

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We ended up having to do some trial and error routefinding attempting to exit the canyon and ended up making camp about 3/4 of the way to the summit. Then, once again, we ended up off track enroute to the summit and ended up boulderhopping and routefinding our way to the summit via the steep S/SW face. TBH I only looked down once - between being hungry, dehydrated (I had been idiot miserly with my water) and physically fatigued a single glance down into the huge wash spreading out some 5,000 feet below was plenty enough to make me have no desire to take a photo sick but I would actually recommend going up that side to anyone who had the energy and can pause to be humbled by the view cool

Finally at the summit, a USGS marker. I would have loved to be the guys who went around cataloging peaks decades ago!

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The views were extreme and did not even seem real. Nearly all of Anza Borrego, Coyote Mountains Wilderness, the Laguna Mountains, Santa Rosa Mountains in to the San Jacinto Mountains...and South into Baja all the way into the Sierra de Juarez.

Looking towards the Coyote Mountains

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Towards the Sawtooth Wilderness and the Laguna Mountains

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Sunset from camp

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The view to the San Jacinto Mountains on the way out the next morning, including Peak 6582 in the Santa Rosas to the immediate right, the most isolated and difficult peak in the county (hoping to bag it someday but need 4WD access to Rockhouse Canyon to get there.)

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On the way out we were met at the bottom of the canyon by bees swarming in groves of bushes for about a 1/4 mile. I had never seen so many in my life - millions of them everywhere and the buzzing was insane. We went through one at a time because as one person walked through they would leave a swarm of pissed off bees behind directly behind them. No idea how far an Epi Pen goes but I can imagine someone with an allergy would have crapped their pants.

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The grand finale before heading back to the car was a pitstop at Smuggler's Canyon:

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Re: Anza Borrego overnight backpack - Whale Peak [Re: casa_mugrienta] #2461657
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where are the kids?


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Looks cool. My wife has that same exact sombrero.


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Nice shots! Looks like a great trip cheers


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where are the kids?



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where are the kids?




Oh fugg roflmao roflmao roflmao roflmao


You forgot it was STOLEN?!
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At the 30 mark my wife would start complaining that it was either, too hot, too cold, too sunny, too windy or not windy enough.
At the 60 minutes mark would be yelling at my wife to stop complaining.
At the 120 minutes mark we would be driving home in silence.

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Originally Posted By: Spackler
At the 30 mark my wife would start complaining that it was either, too hot, too cold, too sunny, too windy or not windy enough.
At the 60 minutes mark would be yelling at my wife to stop complaining.
At the 120 minutes mark we would be driving home in silence.


roflmao


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Finally at the summit, a USGS marker. I would have loved to be the guys who went around cataloging peaks decades ago!


Great pics and adventure Casa. Thanks for sharing. But trust me when I say you do not wish you were one of the USGS guys way back in the late 1800's. I used to work at Civil Engineering firm. We had a small book in the office written by one of the original USGS guys showing how they marked out the land back then. The stories were brutal. The brush and foliage like poison oak, thickets, canyons, bears, snakes, other wild animals, bees, insects, and weather they had to deal was pretty gnarly, and all to mark a spot on the terrain and make map records. All while on horseback and carrying measuring and basic mapping equipment. I wish I could remember the name of the book. Also had some great info on how they would mark things back then, the different units they used such as 'vara chain' and 'ramsden chain'. The brutal stories really stuck with me though.

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Remember / find the book.
Hell, I'd like to read it just because ...
Map and Compass stuff ... jam_on


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Great pics and adventure Casa. Thanks for sharing. But trust me when I say you do not wish you were one of the USGS guys way back in the late 1800's. I used to work at Civil Engineering firm. We had a small book in the office written by one of the original USGS guys showing how they marked out the land back then. The stories were brutal. The brush and foliage like poison oak, thickets, canyons, bears, snakes, other wild animals, bees, insects, and weather they had to deal was pretty gnarly, and all to mark a spot on the terrain and make map records. All while on horseback and carrying measuring and basic mapping equipment. I wish I could remember the name of the book. Also had some great info on how they would mark things back then, the different units they used such as 'vara chain' and 'ramsden chain'. The brutal stories really stuck with me though.


IIRC they were only off by a few hundred feet at worst, for the entire continental US. Using nothing but basic manual equipment and math. Pretty friggin kewl bowdown jam_on


You forgot it was STOLEN?!
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Originally Posted By: Spackler
At the 30 mark my wife would start complaining that it was either, too hot, too cold, too sunny, too windy or not windy enough.
At the 60 minutes mark would be yelling at my wife to stop complaining.
At the 120 minutes mark we would be driving home in silence.


roflmao roflmao roflmao

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Great pics and adventure Casa. Thanks for sharing. But trust me when I say you do not wish you were one of the USGS guys way back in the late 1800's. I used to work at Civil Engineering firm. We had a small book in the office written by one of the original USGS guys showing how they marked out the land back then. The stories were brutal. The brush and foliage like poison oak, thickets, canyons, bears, snakes, other wild animals, bees, insects, and weather they had to deal was pretty gnarly, and all to mark a spot on the terrain and make map records. All while on horseback and carrying measuring and basic mapping equipment. I wish I could remember the name of the book. Also had some great info on how they would mark things back then, the different units they used such as 'vara chain' and 'ramsden chain'. The brutal stories really stuck with me though.


Crazy. I had been wondering if there was anything out there like that, let me know if you ever come across that book again.

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Nice shots. Wish I could escape for a spell. I just saw shots of Death Valley and they got rain and the valley is in full bloom. Must be incredible.

Lots of folks don't appreciate desert beauty and would just as soon see it bulldozed and turned into condos and golf courses. It's nice to know that some can "see."

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Lots of folks don't appreciate desert beauty and would just as soon see it bulldozed and turned into condos and golf courses. It's nice to know that some can "see."


Yeah, a lot of people don't have appreciation for the minimalism and isolation. The desert has always fascinated me though.

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Great thread thanks. I haven't had any adventures like that for a long time so it is great to read and see in pictures!

Does this narrow down the search for those of you looking for USGS adventures?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Geological_Survey_Library


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