by oldcoot
06 Dec 2017, 11:51
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Jones & Hastings Peaks - a new route for me
Replies: 4
Views: 136

Re: Jones & Hastings Peaks - a new route for me

Nice report and pix! I did the opposite…all my Jones and Hastings hikes were from Bailey Canyon via the route you describe here, while I did it just once via Bastard Ridge (on my 67th birthday in 2013, after learning about it from a report on this forum)… I never scaled that summit rock on Hastings ...
by oldcoot
09 Jul 2017, 21:53
Forum: Los Padres
Topic: Iwihinmu
Replies: 5
Views: 250

<t>Yes, that's a wonderful area! Unfortunately, trailhead is a 166-mile roundtrip from my apartment...;o(<br/> <br/> Looks like the summit cairn has stood the test of time (well, almost 3 years, anyway)...but the monks have moved on...see photo from September 2014...<br/> <br/> Thanks for the fine r...
by oldcoot
23 May 2017, 20:03
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: EisPiraten's Quiz #1
Replies: 11
Views: 937

9 of 10 for me, too (although I must confess, I lucked out with wild guesses on several)...I too missed the telescope one...and I peek at the 150-foot Solar Tower Cam Website frequently...

Keep 'em coming!

oldcoot
by oldcoot
13 Apr 2017, 11:53
Forum: Admin & Tech Support
Topic: Forum Ownership Change Request
Replies: 12
Views: 1.2K

It'll be in very good hands...thanks for doing it, Sean (and Jim and Dima and all who contribute)! (And thanks to Taco and Travis for their efforts!) One of my favorite Websites!

oldcoot
by oldcoot
25 Mar 2017, 12:42
Forum: Admin & Tech Support
Topic: RE: The Crowd Funding link below the banner
Replies: 12
Views: 998

Ditto what HikeUp said...

oldcoot
by oldcoot
08 Mar 2017, 04:22
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Pub Night - March 7
Replies: 15
Views: 1.2K

Dunno the answer to the trivia question, but good memorial video for the fire camp...

About my bed time, but thought I'd drop in and say "Hi"...

oldcoot
by oldcoot
06 Mar 2017, 02:39
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Baldy Bowl, Telegraph Peak NW Face (x2), Kimchi Ridge
Replies: 1
Views: 767

Really nice pix! And enjoyed the write-ups!

And thanks for this most excellent website!

oldcoot
by oldcoot
27 Feb 2017, 01:09
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Beartrap Peak and Fire Camp 16
Replies: 7
Views: 911

Thanks for the report and pix! Closest I've been to Gleason is Mill Creek Summit, so nice to see what the area looks like! Sorry 'bout the benchmarks...yeah, the big fire might have "disappeared" 'em...bless the firefighters...

oldcoot
by oldcoot
26 Feb 2017, 12:58
Forum: News & Conditions
Topic: Hiker, dog rescued in Angeles National Forest
Replies: 5
Views: 741

HikeUp --

Sent a PM via this site...but haven't had much luck with that...so short answer, Sepulveda Basin, just NW of the 101/405 intersection......

oldcoot
by oldcoot
22 Feb 2017, 02:15
Forum: California
Topic: OAT MTN & THE OLD NIKE MISSILE SITE
Replies: 6
Views: 761

<r>Cool report and pix!<br/> <br/> I tried Oat Mountain via that route in March 2015, and got as far as the gate…it was closed, and I chickened out as I always do when encountering such an obstacle…at that time it would have been simple to bypass it on the right (see attached photo)…I see from your ...
by oldcoot
20 Feb 2017, 12:08
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Old helicopter crash site in Bichota Canyon
Replies: 11
Views: 1.7K

<t>Another reminder of the hazards of trying something that requires lots of skill while under the influence…ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) is the highest-level pilot certificate there is, and 3390 hours is amazing for a 24-year-old (when I "retired" from mostly recreational airplane flying at the en...
by oldcoot
03 Feb 2017, 17:24
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Beautiful Day On Bonita Peak
Replies: 10
Views: 1.4K

<t>It was bad enough before the Station Fire brought out the guard dogs...who knew Cerberus was a poodle...no point in trying to look for stuff up there until the poodles are gone...maybe all the rain will encourage them to finally go back to the kennel...<br/> <br/> My thanks for this forum for sav...
by oldcoot
02 Feb 2017, 03:40
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Beautiful Day On Bonita Peak
Replies: 10
Views: 1.4K

<t>My LPC guide for Bonita was written in 1986, but is older (last revised in 2001)...it did not mention a benchmark or reference mark, but said "Continue until you see a USGS marker on the right (east) side of the trail. The marker is placed on a rock in an unusual horizontal position. Note the arr...
by oldcoot
08 Nov 2016, 04:05
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Waterman Question
Replies: 2
Views: 1.0K

<r>I can't answer that question (have always wondered about that myself), but can say the the WATERMAN I-8 benchmark is on the next bump to the east, along with at least two reference marks...those are much newer (1954 vs 1930, and were installed by LA County Surveyor vs US Geological Survey for TWI...
by oldcoot
24 Oct 2016, 10:58
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Via Internet: Stranded on Baden-Powell Jan 2014
Replies: 7
Views: 988

Encountered him climbing Markham (solo) in September 2014 (I was 68 at the time)...amazing and cool guy...

oldcoot
by oldcoot
16 May 2016, 01:19
Forum: California
Topic: Whitaker Peak
Replies: 1
Views: 710

<r>Thanks for the nice report! My friend Kate and I (Mike) are two of the few entries in that register from 2011 (we did it in June and again in September...but somewhat more slowly than you!)...guess not a lot of people do that hike, which is too bad, because as you say, it's got some wonderful vie...
by oldcoot
26 Aug 2015, 21:10
Forum: News & Conditions
Topic: Cabin Fire - shit!
Replies: 16
Views: 4.6K

<t>I think you can still do Smith Mountain via the standard HPS routes...it looks like they don't go through the closed area...and the closure order says you can drive through the area, just can't stop or park...<br/> <br/> Coming back down Smith to the saddle was scary...once was enough for me...<b...
by oldcoot
28 Jul 2015, 19:40
Forum: News & Conditions
Topic: Angeles Crest Highway (CA-2)
Replies: 565
Views: 10.7K

<t>From the Cal Trans website:<br/> <br/> SR 2  <br/>    [IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA] <br/>    IS CLOSED FROM ISLIP SADDLE TO 5 MI WEST OF BIG PINES HWY (LOS ANGELES CO)  <br/> - DUE TO MUD SLIDES - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE <br/> <br/> Dunno when the slides occurred...<br...
by oldcoot
25 Mar 2015, 02:19
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: The Next To Last Knob -No Trail For A Fat Old Man
Replies: 16
Views: 2.8K

Rattlesnake pix...

<r>Nice pix! (And Richard's caterpillar, too!)<br/> <br/> It didn't look much different back in 2004:<br/> <br/> <br/> <URL url="http://gallery.myff.org/gallery/1865210/IMG_1114sm.jpg"><s>[url=http://gallery.myff.org/gallery/1865210/IMG_1114sm.jpg]</s><IMG src="http://gallery.myff.org/gallery/186521...
by oldcoot
18 Mar 2015, 02:42
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tell Me About Rattlesnake Peak
Replies: 10
Views: 2.8K

Rattlesnake Peak...

<r>I can't tell you anything about what it's like now post-fires, but it took me 1.5 hours longer to get up and back in August 2004 than in February 2003...and a very experienced HPS hiker (200+ summits) died of heat-related issues on the way back down in summer back in the 1970s...not a summer hike...
by oldcoot
11 Jun 2014, 02:18
Forum: News & Conditions
Topic: The Station Fire Thread
Replies: 795
Views: 12.1K

Strawberry Peak status unknown...

<t>Probably best to call the appropriate ranger station (not sure which that would be) and ask...when I went out there to do Josephine Peak via the fire road at ACH and AFH on May 25, there was a huge almost billboard-size sign saying area closed, no parking, stay out, etc. And the Colby Canyon trai...
by oldcoot
07 Jun 2014, 22:16
Forum: News & Conditions
Topic: Strawberry Peak Trail (Red Box)
Replies: 40
Views: 2.1K

<r>Here's a picture of the start of the second pitch, from Bob Burd:<br/> <br/> <URL url="http://www.snwburd.com/bob/trip_photos/josephine_1/DSC00076_w.html"><LINK_TEXT text="http://www.snwburd.com/bob/trip_photos/ ... 076_w.html">http://www.snwburd.com/bob/trip_photos/josephine_1/DSC00076_w.html</L...
by oldcoot
07 Jun 2014, 22:09
Forum: News & Conditions
Topic: Strawberry Peak Trail (Red Box)
Replies: 40
Views: 2.1K

<t>I've chickened out twice on the first (shorter, easier) class-3 part...have done Strawberry twice from the easier east side, including climbing neighboring Lawlor via the south "firebreak" along the way, in 2005...the first time I was a San Gabriels "newbie," but the second, I had done things lik...
by oldcoot
06 Nov 2013, 05:48
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bad Grammar In The Forest
Replies: 15
Views: 3.4K

Trail Signs...

Speaking of trail signs, who's this guy STAY ON that so many trails are named after? Everywhere I got, there's a dedication sign STAYON TRAIL.

;o)....
by oldcoot
18 Jun 2013, 03:18
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Mt. Waterman (the easy way)
Replies: 11
Views: 2.9K

<r>Yeah, the benchmark on Waterman says "TWIN"...there is a benchmark that says "WATERMAN" on the next bump to the east (elev. 7910 on the topo map)...don't think either of the Twin Peaks has a benchmark...<br/> <URL url="http://gallery.myff.org/gallery/1580683/IMGP1057sm.jpg"><s>[url=http://gallery...
by oldcoot
19 May 2013, 23:51
Forum: News & Conditions
Topic: Vincent Gap Trail (Mt. Baden-Powell)
Replies: 100
Views: 3.6K

Baden-Powell Conditions...

Too late for original poster, but in case anyone's interested, drove Hwy 2 from the 210 to Vincent Gap Friday and climbed all the switchbacks to Baden-Powell...road was open and in great shape, and trail had just one small patch of snow, about midway between MM3 and the top, easily bypassed...