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9 hours ago
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

tommy750
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dsefcik wrote:
Nice TR tommy750..!!

I like the pics, good eye spotting the BHS....Thumbs Up

Daren, if you ever find any free time in your extremely busy schedule, let me know and let's plan on a Baja adventure!
9 hours ago
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

tommy750
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Rocko1 wrote:
Any worry of pirates down there?

Was thinking of the Gulf of Mexico where there's lots of piracy but just saw this: https://maritime-executive.com/article/sea-shepherd-vessel-attacked-again-in-gulf-of-california
Kinda disappointing. Ziphius, you have any info on these attacks?
9 hours ago
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

tommy750
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rockhopper wrote:
Neat Baja trip. Is that Isla angel de la Guardia in the back ground on pic 1 ? Reminds me of trips down to Bay of LA and Mulege'. Never had the bee problem. It's been years. brings back great memories of Baja. Baja is longer than the boot of Italy!


Believe you're correct. Had a hard time figuring what islands were offshore till the stars came out and I realized my orientation was way off. The sky was so dark you could actually see Andromeda with the naked eye.
1 days ago
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

rockhopper
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Neat Baja trip. Is that Isla angel de la Guardia in the back ground on pic 1 ? Reminds me of trips down to Bay of LA and Mulege'. Never had the bee problem. It's been years. brings back great memories of Baja. Baja is longer than the boot of Italy!
1 days ago
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

tommy750
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tekewin wrote:
What a wild trip! Assaulted by all kinds of wild life on the beach. Love the truck BTW. It looks loaded and ready for anything.

Took a stock Tundra and added KO2s, rock sliders, gas tank skid plate, a low bed rack for the lightweight RTT that's nearly below the roofline and a lightweight awning with adjustable height to keep it low while driving. No lifts, no racks on the cab or heavy stuff up high---all that makes me nervous driving on winding narrow roads. Saw lots of top heaving vehicles that looked roll over ready.
1 days ago
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

Rocko1
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Any worry of pirates down there?
1 days ago
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

tekewin
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What a wild trip! Assaulted by all kinds of wild life on the beach. Love the truck BTW. It looks loaded and ready for anything.
1 days ago
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

dsefcik
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Topic: Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes
Nice TR tommy750..!!

I like the pics, good eye spotting the BHS....Thumbs Up
3 days ago
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

ziphius
ziphius
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Tommy, yes I was an observer on the 1997 survey. I think estimated population size that year was ~ 500 vaquita. A 2016 survey resulted in an estimate of around thirty vaquita. Colleagues have been back since and have seen live animals, but it's likely there are fewer today.
3 days ago
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

tommy750
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ziphius wrote:
Great trip report Tommy. Love the coyote tracks, and even the coyotes! Spent a lot of time in 1997 in the northern Gulf on research vessels, surveying for the elusive vaquita porpoise. Saw a few too. The sheep know where the tinajas are...

So, you were involved in the first survey of the vaquitas in 1997? Are there any still alive?? Outlook seems quite desperate.
5 days ago
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

ziphius
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Great trip report Tommy. Love the coyote tracks, and even the coyotes! Spent a lot of time in 1997 in the northern Gulf on research vessels, surveying for the elusive vaquita porpoise. Saw a few too. The sheep know where the tinajas are...
5 days ago
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

Buford
Buford
Posts: 367
tommy750 wrote:
Buford wrote:
Nice trip report. The only thing missing for a full Baja beach experience is noseeums.

Buford, you're a truly experienced Baja Traveler! My wife took a nap on the beach and got obliterated by noseeums or sand fleas or whatever they are. We were searching farmacias on the way back for creams etc. Read her your post and she started laughing.



Guilty. Sorry you guys found noseeums. They are far worse than mosquitos. I found out about noseeums the same way your wife did.

The sea of Cortez is not so tranquil when the chubascos hit in the summer or the northerlies come down in the winter/spring. Hay mucho viento.

Haven’t been for the last couple years and never was lucky enough to see BHS. I miss going with all the crazy experiences and sights, thanks for sharing the report.
5 days ago
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

tommy750
tommy750
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Buford wrote:
Nice trip report. The only thing missing for a full Baja beach experience is noseeums.

Buford, you're a truly experienced Baja Traveler! My wife took a nap on the beach and got obliterated by noseeums or sand fleas or whatever they are. We were searching farmacias on the way back for creams etc. Read her your post and she started laughing.
5 days ago
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

tommy750
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Britain wrote:
Thanks for sharing. Love the Baja. I like taking the dirt roads south at the Rumerosa. Lots of good camping hiking areas. Head on down to Mikes Sky ranch and then either go down the pacific side or the gulf side. Travel Baja use to sell gps maps. I have an older version but at that time it did a good job showing dirt roads and places to get gas.

The classic Baja California Almanac and Nat Geo maps are pretty dated but there's a new Baja atlas here: https://smile.amazon.com/Baja-California-Recreation-Atlas-Benchmark/dp/1734315059/ref=sr_1_3?crid=3GBS8PJRUUJ3P&dchild=1&keywords=baja+california+atlas+2021&qid=1631936640&sprefix=baja+california+atlas%2Caps%2C210&sr=8-3

There's an app called Map E32 with a decent topos of Baja but in order to be useful you have to get the pro edition for $60 and then download tiles for wherever you're going. Mexico has great free topos of all of Baja but the only place I could find them stitched together was surprisingly caltopo.com---for free.

Need to check out the roads south of La Rumorosa.
5 days ago
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

tommy750
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Brian wrote:
I remember when the beach at Cabo looked like that and I remember thinking "it won't be like this for long."

Nice rig!

Did a number of trips to Baja in the late 70s and early 80s and when I first returned in 2011 I couldn't believe how all the pristine beaches were covered with houses or fenced in with a guy wanting $5 for the day. The one exception was Bahia de Las Animas south of LA Bay and maybe the beach we just stayed at. Both, a little off the beaten path.
5 days ago
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

tommy750
tommy750
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Rocko1 wrote:
Fantastic! Now that is a trip! It's so ironic to have that much beautiful water and not be able to drink it. I imagine there are no fresh water sources for many many miles?
edited by Rocko1 on 9/17/2021

Other than the back of my pickup? Probably not smile
5 days ago
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

Buford
Buford
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Nice trip report. The only thing missing for a full Baja beach experience is noseeums.
5 days ago
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

Britain
Britain
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Thanks for sharing. Love the Baja. I like taking the dirt roads south at the Rumerosa. Lots of good camping hiking areas. Head on down to Mikes Sky ranch and then either go down the pacific side or the gulf side. Travel Baja use to sell gps maps. I have an older version but at that time it did a good job showing dirt roads and places to get gas.
5 days ago
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

Brian
Brian
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I remember when the beach at Cabo looked like that and I remember thinking "it won't be like this for long."

Nice rig!
5 days ago
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

Rocko1
Rocko1
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Fantastic! Now that is a trip! It's so ironic to have that much beautiful water and not be able to drink it. I imagine there are no fresh water sources for many many miles?
edited by Rocko1 on 9/17/2021
6 days ago
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

tommy750
tommy750
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Not exactly The Park but kinda the same idea. My wife and I decided to head down to Baja last week for a break. Found a nice beach on GE we'd never visited and figured what the heck. Took about eight hours driving and arrived at the end of a 30 mile dirt road to this scene. Never would have guessed there would be five sailboats anchored off shore. Most of the sailors showed up on shore for a bonfire that night. There were retirees and two younger couples who had been sailing the Gulf for the past 1-2 years. Was a rather stark contrast to the standard rat race (guilty) and felt more than a twinge of envy regarding their circumstances. Before we left to set up camp, they mentioned Chubascos, bees and coyotes and we would find out exactly what they meant.

IMG_7065 by tomteske, on Flickr

The next morning, we awakened to a beepocalypse. Hundreds of bees swarmed the water container on the tailgate and any stray moisture that may have leaked during the trip. Being a bit rusty regarding bee mitigation strategies and no internet, I was unable to make any inroads before my wife crawled out the tent and was promptly stung (ended up being three times total). With a concerted effort to relocate all our water jugs away from camp, immediately bury any spilled liquids and judicious use of DEET, we were able to make some inroads but our camp coordinates were firmly imprinted on too many bees to not have an ongoing problem. The pics don't capture even a slight percentage of the swarm.

IMG_7075 by tomteske, on Flickr

IMG_7072 by tomteske, on Flickr

We were able to improve the mood a bit with a few beverages and a dip in the 85 degree water. My wife is trying to finish some continuing education requirements.

IMG_7080 by tomteske, on Flickr

Definitely were coyotes all over the beach which is rather common down there. Did notice both my water jugs got chewed up quite a bit.

IMG_7070 by tomteske, on Flickr

Low Tide Coyotes by tomteske, on Flickr

Lone Coyote by tomteske, on Flickr

IMG_7118 by tomteske, on Flickr

Oh yeah, the Chubascos. The first night there was lots of lightening to the south and some wind but nothing major. The third night we awakened to strong gusts but regrettably delayed securing camp till things got dramatic. By the time we got serious, our "well secured" staked and guylined awning was flailing in the wind and bashing the truck. Fortunately, there was no significant damage. While blasted by blowing sand, we furiously threw every loose item into the truck bed, collapsed the roof top tent and jumped into the truck for the subsequent hour long deluge. By the next morning, the wife was pretty much over our relaxing stay on a deserted beach and we broke camp. The place is obviously quite beautiful but just not ideal in mid-September. Was also a speck on the warm side...

IMG_7071 by tomteske, on Flickr

Playa by tomteske, on Flickr

Camp by tomteske, on Flickr

Pelican by tomteske, on Flickr

Bird by tomteske, on Flickr

Beach Gull by tomteske, on Flickr

Leaving camp.

IMG_7092 by tomteske, on Flickr

On the way out, spotted what I think were a ewe and lamb. They were rather shy.

BHS Pair by tomteske, on Flickr

Bighorn Sheep Pair by tomteske, on Flickr

Lots of elephant trees.

IMG_7097 by tomteske, on Flickr

Few other critters.

Raptor by tomteske, on Flickr

Horned Toad by tomteske, on Flickr

Almost back to pavement. Was a very memorable trip with a "few" hiccups( forgot to mention the truck battery dying running the wife's shower setup---was able to luckily get it started using a Li battery jump start. Yeah, that was a rookie mistake) Definitely will be back. Enjoy! Tom

IMG_7099 by tomteske, on Flickr
7 days ago
Topic:
Haboob in Borrego Springs

rockhopper
rockhopper
Posts: 596
ziphius wrote:
rockhopper wrote:
Looks like our desert getting some much need rain. Regarding haboob winds. Saw a fellow campers dome tent ( no people in it but full of gear) take off and go rolling across the desert.


Wow rockhopper, was that recently / local?



No, Years ago. We each had to sleep in our own trucks. Didn't sleep at all. The truck was moving due the strong winds. The smelly sneakers I put out on the ground at night before trying to go to sleep were blown away at night.wink Yes it was in ABDSP of course!
edited by rockhopper on 9/15/2021
8 days ago
Topic:
Haboob in Borrego Springs

ziphius
ziphius
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@Rocko1 that last photo includes a pair of coyote tracks, a front and a hind. Good reference for distinguishing feline vs canine tracks: https://www.inaturalist.org/posts/53994-canine-vs-feline-tracks-how-to-tell-them-apart
edited by ziphius on 9/14/2021
8 days ago
Topic:
Haboob in Borrego Springs

Rocko1
Rocko1
Posts: 443
Nice report. Last print almost looks like bobcat no?
10 days ago
Topic:
Haboob in Borrego Springs

ziphius
ziphius
Posts: 887
rockhopper wrote:
Looks like our desert getting some much need rain. Regarding haboob winds. Saw a fellow campers dome tent ( no people in it but full of gear) take off and go rolling across the desert.


Wow rockhopper, was that recently / local?
10 days ago
Topic:
Haboob in Borrego Springs

rockhopper
rockhopper
Posts: 596
Looks like our desert getting some much need rain. Regarding haboob winds. Saw a fellow campers dome tent ( no people in it but full of gear) take off and go rolling across the desert.
11 days ago
Topic:
Haboob in Borrego Springs

tekewin
tekewin
Posts: 287
Those are great animal print captures. I like the sidewinder tracks, too. Never seen one in the wild, though I think they are hard to spot.

Now I need research "moisture capture" for hot days. I wanted to visit AB last weekend but it was still too hot for me.
12 days ago
Topic:
Haboob in Borrego Springs

tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 976
Very nice TR, Ziphius. My wife and I just found out the hard way what "Chubasco" meant a few nights ago down in Baja camping in a tent.
12 days ago
Topic:
Unusual request: mylar balloons...wanted

JBHogan
JBHogan
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Riches may still be yours... There are more arriving each day, I suppose.

I usually bring a strong plastic bag so they don't come apart in the truck. For the purposes of the project, the decaying specimens are just as interesting as those still intact.

I wish I could have seen that float; I'd have offered to take it apart for them, and remove the debris for free!
12 days ago
Topic:
Unusual request: mylar balloons...wanted

dsefcik
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dsefcik
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Topic: Unusual request: mylar balloons...wanted
I would be rich by now had I known....I remember someone also collecting them for use on a float in an annual borrego springs parade of some sort.
13 days ago
Topic:
Unusual request: mylar balloons...wanted

Buford
Buford
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Man, I could’ve been paid $100 on a single hike a couple different times.

I think someone here found 30 in one bundle once.

Usually they are all flaking apart and leave glitter like fragments over everything being packed out.
13 days ago
Topic:
Haboob in Borrego Springs

Buford
Buford
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Nice. It is always worth a summer trip out there, especially if the monsoon is active.
13 days ago
Topic:
Unusual request: mylar balloons...wanted

JBHogan
JBHogan
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Dear forum members,

This is not a request you'll receive every day, but I'm looking for as many "captured in the wild" mylar balloons as I can get.

I'm an artist employing them as components in mixed-media assemblages, and I'm running out of specimens I've been able to gather myself over the years.


I'll pay $5 apiece for them if you'd like to be compensated for your efforts. I live in central San Diego and can pick them up in person, or would be happy to pay additional for postage if a meetup can't work. I can pay via cash, and by all the usual electronic means.

The condition of the balloons does not matter- they can be a day old or crumbling pieces from a decade in the sun. Ribbon tethers are part of my designs, so having those included would be nice, if they are present.


Ideally, I'd like to have a rough location of where they were dicovered, whenever possible.

I am serious about this. Feel free to contact me here via PM.

Apologies if this is not the proper sub-forum for this topic; if so, please move to a more appropriate location.

Respectfully, ~J
15 days ago
Topic:
Haboob in Borrego Springs

ziphius
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https://www.jimcarretta.com/post/a-summer-haboob-in-borrego-springs
edited by ziphius on 9/8/2021
26 days ago
Topic:
Anything West of Sunrise Highway?

Rocko1
Rocko1
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rockhopper wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:
dsefcik wrote:
Not west but pretty close...Thing Valley Rd / Morris Ranch Rd / Kitchen Creek / Cibbets area, this is the Descanso district.

You will need to obtain a free permit online from the forest service to be legal.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/cleveland/recreation/camping-cabins

You could hike anywhere during the day and camp in the CNF.

--



Thanks. I will check that area out. I went out Sat. from Pedro Fages monument to Middle Peak via the Ca riding and hiking trail. One thing is whatever satellite photos are currently on GE, it's way more choked now in the hills just south of the monument . I planned on just walking up some drainages to explore the hills but there was too much growth. Have to come back with pants. I did go up a dry fall and may have found a quasi-seasonal seep though-very wet mud near the top and lots of green-with plenty of game trails converging there.


Ditto on the pants. I only wear shorts above 10,000 feet and below 1000 feet in the desert when traveling cross country. Too many battle scarswink
Cheers



Yeah, should have kept a pair in my pack. Would have been able to explore quite a bit more.
26 days ago
Topic:
Anything West of Sunrise Highway?

rockhopper
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Rocko1 wrote:
dsefcik wrote:
Not west but pretty close...Thing Valley Rd / Morris Ranch Rd / Kitchen Creek / Cibbets area, this is the Descanso district.

You will need to obtain a free permit online from the forest service to be legal.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/cleveland/recreation/camping-cabins

You could hike anywhere during the day and camp in the CNF.

--



Thanks. I will check that area out. I went out Sat. from Pedro Fages monument to Middle Peak via the Ca riding and hiking trail. One thing is whatever satellite photos are currently on GE, it's way more choked now in the hills just south of the monument . I planned on just walking up some drainages to explore the hills but there was too much growth. Have to come back with pants. I did go up a dry fall and may have found a quasi-seasonal seep though-very wet mud near the top and lots of green-with plenty of game trails converging there.


Ditto on the pants. I only wear shorts above 10,000 feet and below 1000 feet in the desert when traveling cross country. Too many battle scarswink
Cheers
8/23/2021
Topic:
Anything West of Sunrise Highway?

Rocko1
Rocko1
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dsefcik wrote:
Not west but pretty close...Thing Valley Rd / Morris Ranch Rd / Kitchen Creek / Cibbets area, this is the Descanso district.

You will need to obtain a free permit online from the forest service to be legal.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/cleveland/recreation/camping-cabins

You could hike anywhere during the day and camp in the CNF.

--



Thanks. I will check that area out. I went out Sat. from Pedro Fages monument to Middle Peak via the Ca riding and hiking trail. One thing is whatever satellite photos are currently on GE, it's way more choked now in the hills just south of the monument . I planned on just walking up some drainages to explore the hills but there was too much growth. Have to come back with pants. I did go up a dry fall and may have found a quasi-seasonal seep though-very wet mud near the top and lots of green-with plenty of game trails converging there.
8/23/2021
Topic:
2021

tekewin
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tekewin
tekewin
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Topic: 2021
Nice! Haze was probably smoke from all the fires. We were in Tahoe and Mammoth in July and smoke was bad everywhere.
8/22/2021
Topic:
2021

Buford
Buford
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Buford
Buford
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Topic: 2021
tekewin wrote:
Is the last set from White Mountain or somewhere else? The B&W image is sweet.


Correct on the location. Did a couple days up there hiking. Sure was hazy at times.

Most of the recent B&W images are 850 infrared. It cuts through the haze and makes harsh light look good.

8/21/2021
Topic:
2021

tekewin
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tekewin
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Topic: 2021
Is the last set from White Mountain or somewhere else? The B&W image is sweet.
8/19/2021
Topic:
Anything West of Sunrise Highway?

dsefcik
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dsefcik
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Topic: Anything West of Sunrise Highway?
Not west but pretty close...Thing Valley Rd / Morris Ranch Rd / Kitchen Creek / Cibbets area, this is the Descanso district.

You will need to obtain a free permit online from the forest service to be legal.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/cleveland/recreation/camping-cabins

You could hike anywhere during the day and camp in the CNF.

--
8/17/2021
Topic:
2021

Buford
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Buford
Buford
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Topic: 2021
Thanks @Scooter, all. I try and capture the desert as I experience it.

For the warmer months: go early, go high, go north or a combination of all of those.

Since everyone seems to like the ridge:










Only brought the cell phone up real high. Bighorn sheep high up (cell phone shot):


Click the image for a quick video of bighorn in the hail, sleet and snow. Good ewe/lamb ratio, every ewe had a lamb and I wanted to count them and write down collar and ear tag info for some reason:

edited by Buford on 8/17/2021
8/17/2021
Topic:
Anything West of Sunrise Highway?

Rocko1
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Looking to do an overnight at higher ground, does anyone have any spots or experience west of Sunrise Hwy or nearby that area? Seems to be some hills NW of the Sunrise Trailhead parking lot towards Cuyamaca lake that in are the park could have some potential.
8/9/2021
Topic:
2021

Rocko1
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Rocko1
Rocko1
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Topic: 2021
dsefcik wrote:
Nice pic rocko1...gonna heat up again this week out there.

Yeah, August is slim pickings for hikes. I try to be off trail by 9ish most of the time. Saw a couple of large groups of turkeys near the lake last trip.
https://i.imgur.com/rnsIUdu.mp4
8/9/2021
Topic:
2021

dsefcik
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Topic: 2021
Nice pic rocko1...gonna heat up again this week out there.
8/9/2021
Topic:
2021

Rocko1
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Rocko1
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Topic: 2021
Trying to beat the heat been doing a few early morning Cuyamaca hikes. Few peaks in this pic-Dawns, Rabbit, Villager, Granite, Stonewall.


Full size https://i.imgur.com/02M6YME.jpg
edited by Rocko1 on 8/9/2021
edited by Rocko1 on 8/9/2021
8/8/2021
Topic:
2021

dsefcik
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dsefcik
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Topic: 2021
Very nice work Buford..! Thumbs Up
8/7/2021
Topic:
2021

Scooter
Scooter
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Scooter
Scooter
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Topic: 2021
Buford wrote:
Click the images to play the timelapse videos.

Another sunset to milky way timelapse:


Thunderstorms forming over the desert timelapse:

Unbelievable, you know how to catch the "magic" of the desert !! That few people really know, thank you for sharing.
8/7/2021
Topic:
2021

Buford
Buford
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Buford
Buford
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Topic: 2021
Click the images to play the timelapse videos.

Another sunset to milky way timelapse:


Thunderstorms forming over the desert timelapse:
8/3/2021
Topic:
2021

rockhopper
rockhopper
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rockhopper
rockhopper
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Topic: 2021
Nice Milky Way Capture!! Ditto on the tire tracks in wilderness areas.
8/1/2021
Topic:
2021

Buford
Buford
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Buford
Buford
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Topic: 2021
Thunderstorm over San Felipe Valley


San Ysidro range:


Next to get hit:


Ominous sign pulling into town:


Badlands:




Last touch of light:


Pastel palette:


Lots of stars:


Early morning:


It is getting more and more difficult to find badlands features without illegal tire tracks all f*%$ing over them from banned offroad activity. I try and angle things so they are less obvious or skip the shot completely.
7/29/2021
Topic:
North McCain Valley

deborah
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Topic: North McCain Valley
Rocko1 wrote:
tommy750 wrote:
A few years back I showed up in McCain for a mid summer overnight trip with Daren while wearing all white including a big floppy hat. As I recall, the ensemble went over like a lead mylar as did prior discussions about a reflective hiking umbrella. Never got one but still think it would be a good idea in low wind open terrain. Don't forget the SPF part. Have already had my share of skin cancers removed and total body coverage with something, sunscreen or clothing, is a good idea.



On the way down from Rabbit one in our group had an ultralight reflective umbrella. 6-7oz if I recall. It also had a hand strap that attached to your shoulder strap so your hand could hold umbrella shaft and quasi rest your wrist at the same time. 2 miles from the trailhead it was 92F and 1-5mph winds. I tried it for a few minutes and it helped with the heat greatly. The shadow cast covered about the top 40% of your body. Having air move around you while in the shade it much cooler and preferable that just having clothing-however breathable-cover your skin. Of course would work for rain too.

Is it worth the weight?

Cons-can't use 2 hiking poles, weight, doesn't hold up to strong wind-will break.




I have a Sea to Summit umbrella that I occasionally carry. I like it for days that are particularly hot when I know I'm going to be out all day. I may only use it for a few hours, but even then it really helps with the heat.

If I'm going to be doing more trail running then I leave it behind to save weight and volume.

Yeah, it doesn't work well if it's really windy or if you're scrambling. But I find that when it's warm enough to use the umbrella, the rocks are too hot to climb around on anyway, so that problem kinda works itself out. It's just a different kind of outing.

And I've actually used it for hiking in the rain too. smile
7/29/2021
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tommy750 wrote:
A few years back I showed up in McCain for a mid summer overnight trip with Daren while wearing all white including a big floppy hat. As I recall, the ensemble went over like a lead mylar as did prior discussions about a reflective hiking umbrella. Never got one but still think it would be a good idea in low wind open terrain. Don't forget the SPF part. Have already had my share of skin cancers removed and total body coverage with something, sunscreen or clothing, is a good idea.



On the way down from Rabbit one in our group had an ultralight reflective umbrella. 6-7oz if I recall. It also had a hand strap that attached to your shoulder strap so your hand could hold umbrella shaft and quasi rest your wrist at the same time. 2 miles from the trailhead it was 92F and 1-5mph winds. I tried it for a few minutes and it helped with the heat greatly. The shadow cast covered about the top 40% of your body. Having air move around you while in the shade it much cooler and preferable that just having clothing-however breathable-cover your skin. Of course would work for rain too.

Is it worth the weight?

Cons-can't use 2 hiking poles, weight, doesn't hold up to strong wind-will break.
7/29/2021
Topic:
North McCain Valley

tommy750
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A few years back I showed up in McCain for a mid summer overnight trip with Daren while wearing all white including a big floppy hat. As I recall, the ensemble went over like a lead mylar as did prior discussions about a reflective hiking umbrella. Never got one but still think it would be a good idea in low wind open terrain. Don't forget the SPF part. Have already had my share of skin cancers removed and total body coverage with something, sunscreen or clothing, is a good idea.
7/28/2021
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dsefcik
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Think I will stick with a normal hat and get some vitamin D.
7/28/2021
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Rocko1 wrote:
Not a bad idea Daren. https://www.amazon.com/NEW-Vi-Umbrella-Adjustable-Multifunction-Headwear/dp/B07SXJ5B8W/ref=asc_df_B07SXJ5B8W/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=366324011962&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5986338963772733368&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9031318&hvtargid=pla-811831028639&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=79098076547&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=366324011962&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5986338963772733368&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9031318&hvtargid=pla-811831028639




Definitely scare away the cougars wearing that.
7/28/2021
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North McCain Valley

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Not a bad idea Daren. https://www.amazon.com/NEW-Vi-Umbrella-Adjustable-Multifunction-Headwear/dp/B07SXJ5B8W/ref=asc_df_B07SXJ5B8W/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=366324011962&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5986338963772733368&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9031318&hvtargid=pla-811831028639&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=79098076547&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=366324011962&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5986338963772733368&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9031318&hvtargid=pla-811831028639
7/27/2021
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North McCain Valley

ziphius
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That would work Daren.
7/27/2021
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Rocko1 wrote:
Good point. I would love to try a lightweight umbrella but with hiking sticks I can't.

7/27/2021
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North McCain Valley

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ziphius wrote:
People should carry a hiking umbrella on *shadeless* El Cajon Mountain in warm weather. Your head + torso will be 10 - 15 degrees cooler. Carrying one is worth it if you get injured or just to keep you cooler, with a side benefit of it making you pay more attention to your footwork. My qualifications for pontification? 100 + round-trips on the mountain, including 90 degree plus days, without incident. Rangers tell me they do about a rescue a week up there, sometimes involving an airlift, which I've aided with once.

Good point. I would love to try a lightweight umbrella but with hiking sticks I can't.
7/27/2021
Topic:
North McCain Valley

ziphius
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People should carry a hiking umbrella on *shadeless* El Cajon Mountain in warm weather. Your head + torso will be 10 - 15 degrees cooler. Carrying one is worth it if you get injured or just to keep you cooler, with a side benefit of it making you pay more attention to your footwork. My qualifications for pontification? 100 + round-trips on the mountain, including 90 degree plus days, without incident. Rangers tell me they do about a rescue a week up there, sometimes involving an airlift, which I've aided with once.
7/26/2021
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Rocko1
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They do close ECM in August. If you start pre-dawn it's not so bad in other warm months.
7/25/2021
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2021

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More black and white


edited by Buford on 7/25/2021
7/23/2021
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Britain
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Amazing Captures!
7/22/2021
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Signed.
7/22/2021
Topic:
North McCain Valley

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Nice trip! Gutsy to get that far out in the heat.


I'd be tempted to do short morning hikes if I lived closer. 2+ hour drive for me to AB.


Don't they close El Cajon for the entire month of August? Dangerous heat on that one.


I agree with your call on the patch nose. It's a common snake in the OC.
7/12/2021
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That is a pretty spectacular sunrise Buford!
7/12/2021
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Love these pictures. I find it interesting how the 'ramp' appears as if it would take about 30 minutes to get to the top, if only!
7/11/2021
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Great pictures and report! I never knew the name of the "striped racers". I always like seeing those.
7/11/2021
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Amazing pictures as always!!
7/11/2021
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I signed it. I think I am closing in on 100 balloons found in Anza Borrego over the years.
7/11/2021
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A couple more from Saturday morning. I missed the good sunrise as I decided to camp out of the wind rather than with a good view.



Some of the best crepuscular rays I have seen.
7/10/2021
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Great timelapse Buford!
7/10/2021
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Here we go again Cursing
7/10/2021
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Stay safe out there. It is hot.

It was 113F at sunset and at 11:00 pm my car still said 107F last night. It was 93F with some thunder, lightning and rain this morning at 5:00 am.

Click the image below for a day to night timelapse:

7/10/2021
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Protested the Ocotillo wind farm and McCain so did a lot of others. Yet there they are. This will go through. It was planned long ago when the second power line went through.
edited by Britain on 7/10/2021
7/9/2021
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North McCain Valley

ziphius
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Yep, young bobcat.
7/6/2021
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Rocko1 wrote:
Nice report. I have often found boulder caves in AB and other areas and thought-how did someone NOT occupy this as a shelter-seems more than likely someone did at some point in history.

RE: El Cajon Mtn-just did this yesterday with a 5:20am start. Even with the temps not that high, the humidity, lack of wind and near constant exposure coupled with some laughably steep climbs, it's a tough one! I would say it's harder than Granite's southwest approach.



Agree and agree.
7/6/2021
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rockhopper wrote:
Nice Trip. Looks like a juvenile cat. Too bad. Cougar? Bob cat? Definitely heading to higher elevations or close to the coast for the summer.


I am guessing it was bobcat based on its size and where it was found. Ziphius, any thoughts?
7/6/2021
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Nice report. I have often found boulder caves in AB and other areas and thought-how did someone NOT occupy this as a shelter-seems more than likely someone did at some point in history.

RE: El Cajon Mtn-just did this yesterday with a 5:20am start. Even with the temps not that high, the humidity, lack of wind and near constant exposure coupled with some laughably steep climbs, it's a tough one! I would say it's harder than Granite's southwest approach.
7/5/2021
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Nice Trip. Looks like a juvenile cat. Too bad. Cougar? Bob cat? Definitely heading to higher elevations or close to the coast for the summer.
7/5/2021
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ziphius wrote:
Nice trip report Tommy. Good time of year to be out there when prepared.


Yep, definitely had the place to myself.
7/5/2021
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Brian wrote:
Great pics. Now you're tempting me to do some high desert stuff. I've been concentrating on El Cajon MTN and other local hikes to try to get in shape for next desert season.


El Cajon is a hard to beat place to prepare for any kind of hiking IMHO. Worst heat exposure experience I've ever had was attempting to climb El Cajon in August with 2L years ago. If only I'd seen the OSHA video!
7/5/2021
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North McCain Valley

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Nice trip report Tommy. Good time of year to be out there when prepared.
7/4/2021
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Great pics. Now you're tempting me to do some high desert stuff. I've been concentrating on El Cajon MTN and other local hikes to try to get in shape for next desert season.
7/4/2021
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Watched a work-mandated OSHA heat exposure video last week so figured I was ready for summer hiking. "Rest, Shade, Water", it advised. Headed out to McCain Valley where it was 86 when I arrived at 9 am (forecast said high of 83). Occasional nice shady spot:

IMG_6767 by tomteske, on Flickr

Found this little guy inside. Looks like a striped racer.(7/20/21 Correction: going to have to change my mind on that; looks more like at Coast Patchnose; you can check here for more info: http://www.californiaherps.com/snakes/pages/s.h.virgultea.html ) It waited till I got a few pics and zipped away. Saw/heard one other snake but it rattled and zipped away before a pic.

IMG_6762 by tomteske, on Flickr

Came across a couple nice rock shelters with flakes and sherds near a village site overlooking Pepperwood Canyon:

IMG_6780 by tomteske, on Flickr

Uniface stone tool:

IMG_6774 by tomteske, on Flickr

This poor little guy was deep in a rock shelter:

IMG_6755 by tomteske, on Flickr

Was going to head father north but only had 3L and some areas felt 95-100 degrees (was 93 degrees when I got back) so made it to a ridge overlooking Canebrake to take a peek at what the Overland Fire had done and turned back. You can see the red streaks where the fire retardant was dropped. Overall, didn't look too torn up at least from my vantage point.


IMG_6804 by tomteske, on Flickr


About six miles and another nice day out hiking. Happy 4th. Tom
edited by tommy750 on 7/20/2021
7/2/2021
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Signed. Last hike I found a "bunch" on a single string. Thanks for sharing petition.
6/28/2021
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I'm all for it. In the email blast from the ABF today the ballon ban was the headline.
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Signed. Picked up one this weekend hiking in San Gorgonio area. Second one I saw was too dangerous to recover.
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6/24/2021
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Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

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Canebrake Jeff wrote:
This fire was lit by the smuggler because they would not have made it. We had a fire in the canyon in 2008 that was lit to escape from the border patrol. It's funny that the cause is still undetermined for both fires. Politicly correct?

But the smuggler wasn't caught and therefore wasn't helped, right?
6/24/2021
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Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

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This fire was lit by the smuggler because they would not have made it. We had a fire in the canyon in 2008 that was lit to escape from the border patrol. It's funny that the cause is still undetermined for both fires. Politicly correct?
6/23/2021
Topic:
Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

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Canebrake Jeff wrote:
Matches are one of the 10 essentials that always should be carried. If you are lost or too tired to walk back, just light a big wild fire and you will be rescued.



Is that what happened?
6/23/2021
Topic:
Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

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Matches are one of the 10 essentials that always should be carried. If you are lost or too tired to walk back, just light a big wild fire and you will be rescued.
6/23/2021
Topic:
Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

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Canebrake Jeff wrote:
One was half dead and had to be flown out. The Coyote split and left those 3 . It was 110 when that picture was taken. No hats?



Saw a video feed from a helicopter fly over on the news last night. Multiple fire locations pretty far apart. Probably ember starts. Maybe signal fire started from somebody or group out of water in 110-120 degree temps?
6/22/2021
Topic:
Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

ziphius
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I've seen plenty of sign of northbound travelers on the saddle between Canebrake and The Potrero, just west of Red Top. It's a serious ascent in cool weather.
6/22/2021
Topic:
Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

Canebrake Jeff
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One was half dead and had to be flown out. The Coyote split and left those 3 . It was 110 when that picture was taken. No hats?
6/22/2021
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Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

Rocko1
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WITF would they light the fire? To cause some distraction?
6/22/2021
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Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

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https://calls.broadcastify.com/111/1624130947-143.mp3
6/22/2021
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Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

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Here is a photo from a fireman after the fire was started.




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