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John Kays
(johnk) - M

Locale: SoCal
The First Annual SoCal BPL Rally on 01/29/2012 17:59:42 MST Print View

Envious of the Northern California annual backpack and all their fun, the SoCal BPL members managed our first SoCal hike this past Saturday, January 28, 2012. This robust group commenced their hike at 9:00 am. meeting in the parking lot of the Candy Store just off Ortega Highway in southern Orange County, marching five miles to Sitton Peak. As hard as we tried to match the northern California group’s flare for absolutely miserable, butt freezing weather, we had to settle for totally beautiful clear skies and temperatures in the high 70ºs. Sorry, but it is January, we did our best. Next year maybe we can enjoy more august weather.

Thanks to Michael for taking charge and setting a date and to Warren for relentless recruiting of fellow BPLers to find a quorum. Clockwise from top left:

Jerry, Michael, Warren and John in the breathless atmosphere of Sitton Peak, 3,293'.
BPLSoCalHike

Kronos Master of Fate
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: The First Annual SoCal BPL Rally on 01/29/2012 18:40:16 MST Print View

Good Job Guys! It's really not that hard to get backpackers to go backpacking. We'll take some beautiful weather this time around. We done our share in the bad weather. If you guys have not had enough of other Bplrs come up to Coe in a couple of weeks.

Warren Greer
(WarrenGreer) - F

Locale: SoCal
Wahoo!! on 01/29/2012 18:56:40 MST Print View

We had a great time atop Sitton Peak. Views were quite spectacular probably exceeding 50 miles in all directions. John, thanks for the ride and the good company to a from our day out. Michael, thanks for organizing it all and Jerry it was great to see you after many years. Let's do it again soon.

Maybe we can go to the PCT Kick off day in the end of April. That'd be a fun day out and we could get a closer look at many of the cottage industries finest products.

John Kays
(johnk) - M

Locale: SoCal
SoCal BPLers on 01/29/2012 20:36:03 MST Print View

Warren, I am in for the PCT kick off. Thanks

Michael Haubert
(SoCalMike) - F

Locale: So Cal
My pleasure on 01/29/2012 20:37:07 MST Print View

It was my pleasure to organize the hike. No problem at all. Be on the lookout for some more SoCal adventures.

@ Ken: Wish I could make its up to Coe. But definitely want to meet our other BPL brethren in the north. I'll see if I can rally some of my SoCal buddies up there before too long.

Michael

Kronos Master of Fate
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: My pleasure on 01/29/2012 22:21:06 MST Print View

I make it down south on occasion for family there. Just have to get a hike in while I am at it.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: The First Annual SoCal BPL Rally on 02/01/2012 18:01:59 MST Print View

Congrats on finding some fellow BPLers in SoCal.

Hopefully you can put together a simple overnighter and post pics up.

Seems to snowball into something much bigger when people can see photos of the fun that you had.

Also, does not help to have someone like Ken T. to put in the huge effort to organize things.

Here is hoping to see more post from our SoCal BPLers!

-Tony

kevin smith
(divr6347) - M
im right in the middle on 02/15/2012 07:45:54 MST Print View

jack and i are right in the middle here in bakersfield

would love to meet up with the so cal group for some trips same driving time for us either way

for the so cal group you guys would have a fantastic time at the ggg in coe this will be my third time attending this gathering and i can tell you from experience

the northern area bpl ers are hands down a fantastic and welcoming group

just watch out for those two guys named ken lol just kidding

if you so cal guys ever get a chance to head north for a hike with the bay area boys you will be in for an absolute treat they are great

will be watching for so cal trips in the future

kevin

Edited by divr6347 on 02/15/2012 07:47:19 MST.