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[*] posted on 4-29-2018 at 08:21 PM
Met a guy in a canyon

I just got back from picacho del Diablo with Sofia and SIMA and it was a good trip but because it’s part of her business I won’t try to plug anything or post about the trip up there. Pretty standard good summit via the park. The cool part there was meeting Ronnie at campó noche. When we got to campo noche there was an old man who looked pretty tired. Being the English speaking person there I was called over to talk to him to clarify details. Turns out he came up the canyon from the desert in 6 days solo. We have the inreach gps and were able to send a message to let people know he was fine. We have him food and he rested the next day while we summited then Sofia and I carried bags and guided him and another guy up the canyon to botella azul. We made the trip in the dark to have cooler temperatures. 6.5 hours from campo noche to botella azul. Everyone made it safe and completely exhausted. Ronnie is on his way home now. Stoked to meet you Ronnie. I hope when I get older I can conquer crazy hikes solo like you did.

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[*] posted on 4-29-2018 at 10:22 PM

Pretty cool and good on you for helping out..
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[*] posted on 4-30-2018 at 06:56 AM

Luke, feel free to plug the outfit. Always good to help the local biznesses get some awareness.

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[*] posted on 4-30-2018 at 08:11 AM

Wow, that's one tough old guy!!! I met a guy 78 years old up in the Sierra last year all by himself with full pack. Just came over New Army Pass after being out for almost two weeks.

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[*] posted on 4-30-2018 at 08:29 AM

That is a great story!

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[*] posted on 4-30-2018 at 08:48 AM

"Ronnie", who is Desert Rat here??? He tried again???

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Been years since I climbed Diablo. Do it like I did from the East. No rangers. No fees. Its a little tricky to find the route solo due to missing the ducks. All in all it just takes a little more time to do the route finding. It starts out with a pendulum swing followed by a modest friction climb. Then all the rest is easy. Up the canyon to Campo Noche then the rest is the same as from the west.
Trail head parking can be an issue because of local holiday users.
I agree, Paul. The eastern route gives you a great canyon hike experience. Also, a fairly simple straight, forward route basically following the creek that runs down the canyon. One should prepare for a round-trip hike of about 6 to 8 days if you intend to climb Picacho. That should allow enough time in case you have to slow down for some reason. I've yet to summit Picacho, but I have made several trips up Diablo Canyon and if I ever make another attempt to summit Picacho, I won't hesitate to take the eastern desert route.

You are 'da man from the east (side of Diablo)!

Hi, David. This photo was taken at the entrance falls to the canyon. The pendulum swing is located across from me, but does not appear in the photo. This is a great place to swim after returning from the canyon hike.

[Edited on 2-23-2018 by Desert Rat]

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