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    Member Since May 2015

    Willy Pascua Pro-red@3x

    Temecula, California 

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    Willy Pascua reviewed Skyline Trail: Cactus to Clouds

    18 days ago

    Summit @ 1500, 4 May 2019.

    BOTTOMLINE: Before this hike, I considered our group above average fitness. After this hike, I now consider myself only very average.

    We (group of 6) drove 6.5 hours from northern California and arrived at the museum at 2359.
    We set off from the museum at about 0030.
    Typical load: headlamp, 6 liters of water, 2000-3000 calories, light clothing, microspikes, gps/phone
    *we used the alltrials app and gps track. The track was solid the whole route, highly recommend.

    We got to the ranger station at 0930.
    We took a deliberately leisurely pace. Our intent was to feel relatively fresh at 6000ft elevation in order to hedge altitude challenges. Maintained 1-2 mile/hour, took quick breaks at the top of the hour, and even took a couple long halts (20 min) at 4000ft and 6000ft. The last 1000ft of climb to the notch was super challenging.
    *quickly realized that trekking poles would have been more than valuable

    Condition at the ranger station: on a scale 1-10, 10 being fresh and 1 being zombie, we were probably at a 6. No significant cramping, dehydration, nor altitude sickness.

    Set off from the ranger station at about 1030. The thought of another 12 miles ahead of us (6 to summit and 6 rtb) was only a little daunting.
    About 3/4 mile from the ranger station the trail disappears under the snow. The snow was mostly hard pack with some slush. MICROSPIKES/CRAMPONS were critical to us reaching the peak. ALLTRAILS gps track was also critical.

    The last 1-3 miles to the summit, we ran into many hikers who turned around for various reasons (mostly fatigue, trail conditions and lack of traction solutions).
    The last 800m required a "one step at a time" approach. It was a bit of a scramble up the snowy mountain side. I carefully picked my route about 20m at a time, and drive each foot into the snow one after another.

    We (4 of 6) reached the summit at about 1500!

    Sliding down the snowy mountain side, cutting directly through switchbacks, was scary fun. The last few miles back to the ranger station was where I mentally checked out - I was at a 3 or 4 on my scale.

    The last set of hardball switchbacks to the tram is a little cruel (love it). Laughing at it now, definitely cursing it at the time. We then drove back to NorCal (6.5 hours)!

    Overall, it was a pretty gnarly experience. While mostly successful, not stoked that it kicked my butt so bad. Definitely planning on another C2C in the Fall to redeem myself (more training, better preparation, smarter planning).

    After Action notes:
    -gps and track are a must
    -microspikes/crampons were critical for current conditions
    -trekking poles would have been a game changer
    -plan more time for rest before and after event
    -fellow C2C hikers along the route were awesome human beings!

    Willy Pascua reviewed Skyline Trail: Cactus to Clouds

    18 days ago

    Summit @ 1500, 4 May 2019.

    BOTTOMLINE: Before this hike, I considered our group above average fitness. After this hike, I now consider myself only very average.

    We (group of 6) drove 6.5 hours from northern California and arrived at the museum at 2359.
    We set off from the museum at about 0030.
    Typical load: headlamp, 6 liters of water, 2000-3000 calories, light clothing, microspikes, gps/phone
    *we used the alltrials app and gps track. The track was solid the whole route, highly recommend.

    We got to the ranger station at 0930.
    We took a deliberately leisurely pace. Our intent was to feel relatively fresh at 6000ft elevation in order to hedge altitude challenges. Maintained 1-2 mile/hour, took quick breaks at the top of the hour, and even took a couple long halts (20 min) at 4000ft and 6000ft. The last 1000ft of climb to the notch was super challenging.
    *quickly realized that trekking poles would have been more than valuable

    Condition at the ranger station: on a scale 1-10, 10 being fresh and 1 being zombie, we were probably at a 6. No significant cramping, dehydration, nor altitude sickness.

    Set off from the ranger station at about 1030. The thought of another 12 miles ahead of us (6 to summit and 6 rtb) was only a little daunting.
    About 3/4 mile from the ranger station the trail disappears under the snow. The snow was mostly hard pack with some slush. MICROSPIKES/CRAMPONS were critical to us reaching the peak. ALLTRAILS gps track was also critical.

    The last 1-3 miles to the summit, we ran into many hikers who turned around for various reasons (mostly fatigue, trail conditions and lack of traction solutions).
    The last 800m required a "one step at a time" approach. It was a bit of a scramble up the snowy mountain side. I carefully picked my route about 20m at a time, and drive each foot into the snow one after another.

    We (4 of 6) reached the summit at about 1500!

    Sliding down the snowy mountain side, cutting directly through switchbacks, was scary fun. The last few miles back to the ranger station was where I mentally checked out - I was at a 3 or 4 on my scale.

    The last set of hardball switchbacks to the tram is a little cruel (love it). Laughing at it now, definitely cursing it at the time. We then drove back to NorCal (6.5 hours)!

    Overall, it was a pretty gnarly experience. While mostly successful, not stoked that it kicked my butt so bad. Definitely planning on another C2C in the Fall to redeem myself (more training, better preparation, smarter planning).

    After Action notes:
    -gps and track are a must
    -microspikes/crampons were critical for current conditions
    -trekking poles would have been a game changer
    -plan more time for rest before and after event
    -fellow C2C hikers along the route were awesome human beings!

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    2 months ago

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