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[*] posted on 5-5-2005 at 07:26 AM


On the first full day of hiking, at about 3000 feet elevation, I was busting trail and about to step down on this rock when I noticed Sargent Red had already claimed this trail as his.

As hikers know, red diamondbacks are very non-aggresive rattlesnakes and this daddy was true to type. He never rattled, coiled or even acknowledged our prescence. We used the moment to stop and broke for lunch, eating our meal 10 feet away from Sgt. Red. We finished lunch and went around that rock leaving Sgt. Red as he was. Live and let live in peace.

Why do I call red diamondbacks Sgt. Red?
Because invariably when I see one on the trails they always command me to attention and order an about face! Yes Sir!




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[*] posted on 5-5-2005 at 09:28 AM


Don Jorge and Desert Rat, thanks for the stories, glad you guys are back home safe and sound. That was me who honked as we saw you at the last minute, in Mexicali, when you were getting fueled up at the Pemex.



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[*] posted on 6-27-2005 at 05:03 PM
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That is actually a speckled Rattlesnake and not a red diamondback. The red diamondbacks have a well defined black and white banded tail and the speckleds have a kinda faded black and white tail. A very impressive specimen nonetheless. The are actually three speciaes of rattlesnakes in the canyon there. You have red diamondbacks, speckleds, and Southern Pacific Rattlers. It looks like you guys had one hell of a good time on that hike.
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biggrin.gif posted on 6-27-2005 at 11:19 PM


Don Jorge & Desert Rat,
Thanks for the pics. If you guys are planning another expedition in canyon diablo, please let me know, I would LOVE to join the adventure!!!!




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[*] posted on 6-28-2005 at 06:14 AM


AB, so would it be Sgt Specs? Thanks for the info. He was so non aggressive I wasn't looking at his tail, figured he was a red. I wrong.

Jide, I will let you know when we/I go next spring. Dez Rat says he was happy with Campo Noche and may not want to go back. But I am going next spring again for sure.

Hiking with Dez Rat is a blast and I hope he comes. You're young but us old folks and our old knees have a hard time coming down, going up is the easy part.

There is a man who has done the ascent 11? times, and now has artificial knees!

I have my sights set on a Pacific to Cortez hike, Faro San Jose to Gonzaga this winter via Jaraguay mesas and dropping into Canon Santa Maria. Done some exploratories and got the prelims figured out now just need to set some dates and drop some water caches on the western end of the hike. Jide, you interested? Dez Rat you out there? January or February, depending on the rains, if there is any.

Summer's here and fishing, surfing and diving are in season. I'll keep you informed about the hikes for next season!

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[*] posted on 6-30-2005 at 09:34 AM


Don Jorge,
Pacific-to-cortez or diablo.... count me in! I should be back from europe christmas trip before or around mid january.
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[*] posted on 6-30-2005 at 02:10 PM


DR, Jide, Don Jorge, has anyone, TYK, climbed the pinnacle route from Blue Bottle to Picacho? Doable? What level climb? Any pictures?



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[*] posted on 6-30-2005 at 06:45 PM


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The Pinnacle Ridge route is a class 5 climb.


Unfortunately, that doesn't tell me much. Could be that one small section is a 5 or the whole route is scary. Wish I could read a journal or see some pics.

It's probably wishful thinking anyway. The last real climbing I did was over ten years ago when I was in much better shape and a whole lot dumber.:biggrin:




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[*] posted on 7-1-2005 at 07:45 AM


There are several cruxes, 5.8 to 5.9 and lesser 5th class moves too. In between the problems are some of the toughest class 3 and 4 scrambles you could imagine. Be prepared and ready to bivouac.

It is done, very rarely, by young, extremely fit, experienced and talented teams of hard core peak baggers.
That leaves me out!

Not many pictures of that route as the kinda folks that try it mostly don't give a poop about sharing photos with us armchair adventurers. Good Luck!

Looking down from Night Wash at Campo Noche:

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[*] posted on 7-1-2005 at 08:32 AM


Let us know it we can assist you D'Rat and Don Jorge. (or others)

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[*] posted on 7-1-2005 at 03:18 PM


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There are several cruxes, 5.8 to 5.9 and lesser 5th class moves too. In between the problems are some of the toughest class 3 and 4 scrambles you could imagine. Be prepared and ready to bivouac.


I thought I might be dreaming but I was wrong. It sounds like a nightmare.

My original thought was that because of a repaired but (still)bum knee I could save decending to Noche. If I go I'll probably do the canyon and get transport up top. For me, the summit isn't in the cards.




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[*] posted on 12-14-2005 at 08:31 AM
Spring 06!


OK,
Thought I would bring this up to the top again.
Diablo kicked my sorry arss last spring. Since I am stubborn and a very slow learner, I am giving it another try. Weather will say more later on dates, but eastern approach April, western approach May, is the rule of thumb. Snow and ice will say when and where.

Dez Rat? Anyone else? More the merrier!




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[*] posted on 12-14-2005 at 08:53 AM


Good to see you've still got the spirit there to "Give the Devil his due"

Good luck

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[*] posted on 12-14-2005 at 08:33 PM


Don Jorge and Dez Rat,

Count me in this year. I'm for sure planning a western approach trip with a climbing buddy from the Pacific Northwest... Dates TBA.

Even if we have parties that approach from two different directions, it might be fun to try to coordinate on dates and times and possibly make a summit bid together. Just a thought.

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[*] posted on 12-14-2005 at 10:10 PM


If your two groups each had a satellite phone... wouldn't THAT be cool!?



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[*] posted on 12-15-2005 at 09:16 AM


I'm thinking that even if we carry decent two way radios, once one party reaches the Blue Bottle Saddle they should have decent reception to anyone halfway up Canyon del Diablo. But Sat phones would be the cat's meow. Anybody feel like playing Snata Claus? I've been a good boy this year. REALLY I have.



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