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Anza Borrego 2012
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Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
"Anza Borrego 2012" on 02/23/2012 19:57:08 MST Print View

I've officially invited myself onto either trip.

Jace Mullen
(climberslacker) - F

Locale: Your guess is as good as mine.
Big trip on 02/23/2012 20:35:54 MST Print View

I'll have officially hit the dusty road by memorial day however I just plugged some numbers into craig's planner and I should actually be getting up there around that time (like arriving in Idyllwild on the 25th).

I'll try to check before I get up there, maybe I can hunt you guys down and say hi!

Chad Eagle

Locale: SoCal
Anza 2012 on 02/23/2012 20:43:56 MST Print View

To the crusty, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, desert rat, thanks again for putting this together. I had a great time. It is always nice to hike with new people and truly enjoy their company. We had quite a diverse group and we all are united under a common interest.

Andy thanks for putting together the report, I will post some pics as soon as I can find some misplaced camera cords, lost in the move to the new house. I also loved your gear, pretty cool.

Jim, didn't talk to you a whole lot. I like that though, as I am not much of a talker myself. We will have to get together for some local weekend hikes, being we are in the same boat ( little kids ) .

Jace, you are one cool kid. Had no idea you were still in highschool, you carry yourself well. I look forward to following your thru hike. Enjoy yourself and don't be in a hurry to grow up. It will be there waiting for you.

Nick, keep me in the loop for any Memorial Day trips.

Hk Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Anza 2012 on 02/23/2012 21:34:39 MST Print View

Thanks for sharing the adventure. Curious if the tarptents were reoriented into the wind?

(jhaura) - F

Locale: Trail
Re: Anza Borrego 2012 on 02/23/2012 22:05:33 MST Print View

Andy, Nick, Chad et al,

Thanks for sharing. We skirted Anza on Section B of the PCT. It is a very beautiful area. Nothing like that desert simple beauty. Glad to see BPL strangers getting a meetup and becoming acquainted.


Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Anza 2012 on 02/23/2012 23:37:32 MST Print View

"Curious if the tarptents were reoriented into the wind?"

We had zero wind all day. The forecast was something like 8-10 mph at night. Late in the afternoon we got a slight breeze when we got to our campsite around 4 PM, which is typical in the desert and decreases once the sun sets.

Jace and Jim set up their tents with the tails to the breeze. A little later the breeze shifted and was broadside to the tents. At this point Andy set up his tarp with the back to the new breeze direction and a creosote bush at the back too. Chad and I set up without shelters, but placed our bedding next to creosote bushes to block the breeze. A little later the breeze shifted again and was directly head-on to the two tents. As it got a little stronger, Chad set up a tarp with the back staked to the ground to the new breeze direction. In about 2 hours the breeze had shifted 180 degrees.

I was still not worried about much wind and left my shelter in my pack.

I purposely used the term breeze, because it was not that windy and strong winds were not in the forecast.

After we went to bed it really picked up. Around 4 AM the gusts were very strong. Andy estimated 45 MPH, and it could have been more. But the sky was pretty clear, so I was not worried about rain.

James Block
(jsblock11) - F

Locale: Southern California
Re: Anza 2012 on 02/24/2012 18:27:36 MST Print View

Regarding the tarptent setup, big lesson learned there. I think it would have held through the night had I not been too lazy/cold to get up and reorient it. The wind really was blasting the broad side of the tent after changing directions, and there was just no way it was going to stand with that much force on the lines. The stakes held well, the line tighteners just couldn't hold tension.

Nick, I'd also like to be included on the interest list for the Memorial trip, that would be a great target to put on the calendar to try and get in the best shape of my life, and shave a couple pounds off the pack between now and then.

Andy Duncan
(bluewater) - M

Locale: SoCal
Re: Anza 2012 on 02/25/2012 01:13:12 MST Print View

I'm interested if there's a spot open on the C2C Memorial Day trip, definitely some great early season elevation training.

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Anza 2012 on 02/25/2012 03:39:44 MST Print View

What a wonderful trip report and making me all envious. For some reason I never get invited to any of the group trips that the Japanese UL hikers do, not even told about them. After seeing this trip and the other recent BPL group trip GGG, I'm thinking of putting my own BPL trip together here in Japan.

One day, one day I'll get to do a hike in the desert! I'm fascinated by deserts and would love to join some of you guys one day in such walking country. It' a whole new environment for me! I've spent most of my life hiking mountains.

Thanks for the inspiration! Recently these kinds of trips seem to have gotten more frequent here on BPL. I wonder if it's because the whole BPL community is finally maturing?