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ImpatientHiker
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4/14/2014
ImpatientHiker
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Although the majority of this trip was not within Borrego, the goal was to spend some time in the desert. On sat 4/12/14 I attempted to run up Noble Cyn to just north of Monument Peak, drop down the main ridge east to Storm Cyn, ascend the main ridge below Garnet Pk, and return to Pine Valley. Everything was going great until the descent into the desert. By the time I dropped to about 5,000 ft, the sustained wind coming up over the ridge was making it very difficult to remain on my feet. I had a great view of the planned ascent ridge and could see some very exposed rock sections higher up. As I was already getting hit with airborn debris and having trouble seeing (too windy for my glasses), I decided to cut it short and descended a minor ridge directly into Storm Cyn. There was a large Granite outcrop that entailed some thought to downclimb but the Chariot fire had cleared the brush I found a good line to the valley floor. The stream is flowing nicely and the results of the fire are starkly apparent. There is a large amount of earthen debris in all chutes and gullies that has been cut thru by rains since. There is no brush and many beautiful little waterfalls with ferns, young poison oak, and a large amount of flowering plants as well (+frogs). Looking up, I saw many talus slopes that don't appear on Google Earth as those images are still pre-fire. This proved to be a bit of a challenge when I first started up the minor ridge south of Garnet and had to do the old two steps foreward, one slide back dance. The rest of the climb went quick as it was short and I didn't even need to refill at Penny Pines before returning to my car in Pine Valley.
The Chariot fire has really opened up that water-feature filled canyon and I can't wait to return, get a little further out towards Agua Caliente, and come back up that steep ridge to Garnet Peak. Beware the skeletons of the brush that has been there my whole life. Although they look like insignificant twigs and sticks, they are really stiff daggers that were fire-hardened while still vibrant & pitch-filled. Once again, sorry for the lack of photos, I took some with my phone and really gotta figure out how to make a pretty TR. 26.5 miles & 6,200 ft.
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edited by ImpatientHiker on 5/14/2014
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dsefcik
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dsefcik
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Sounds like training runs back when I did ultra running....There were a number of great ultras thru the desert and mountains that have long since past. Lost Boys, Cuyamaca 50k, Smugglers, SD 100 (which still lives on but not like the original at all), etc. Can't say I do much long distance running now...Lost Boys was one of my favourites.

Thanks for the TR

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