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Martin Lopez-Iu: 3-DAY FINISHER 2017 3-Peak Challenge

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About Your Experience:

"5 of us had a fantastic weekend hiking the 3 peaks. We started with Gorgonio on Friday, then Jacinto on Saturday, and finished with Baldy on Sunday. We rented a beautiful cabin in Running Springs for our home base. It was good to get Gorgonio, the hardest, out of the way first. It took us a full 12 hours, the last hour in the dark! But we were well prepared with gear. Everything went smoothly. Just had to take it slow as some of my friends struggled with the altitude exhaustion on the way up and tired knees on the way down. It was pretty quiet on the mountain that day. Only ran into a handful of people. Spent some nice time dipping in the creek at High Creek. San Jacinto was a nice "rest day", as it was the shortest and least steep. Conditions were perfect. Not too hot. This was my 8th time up Baldy, and it was awesome to see so much water in the waterfall and creek by the Ski Hut. First time I've been able to fill up there! The 5 of us had had a pretty harrowing blizzard experience on Baldy over the last New Year's Eve, so it was very special to go back and experience it in clear conditions. Finishing on Sunday evening was incredibly triumphant. I was so proud of my friends, most of whom weren't avid hikers before this year. They suffered through so much pain and exhaustion, but I always knew we could push each other through it! And it was great training because we'll all doing Mt. Whitney in the fall!"

Challenge Highlight:

"We encountered a gorgeous mountain hailstorm about halfway up San Jacinto. It was warm out, so it was a welcome relief. It only lasted about 20 minutes, but it was so glorious and fun. Besides that, the overall highlight for me was watching my friends push themselves past what they thought they were capable of - physically and mentally. It was so transcendent!"

 

San Antonio Summit:

What Trail Did You Hike: Ski Hut/Baldy Bowl up, Devil's Backbone down
Date at Trailhead: 7/30/2017
Time at Trailhead: 10:55am
Date at Summit: 7/30/2017
Time at Summit: 2:26pm
Date at Trail End: 7/30/2017
Time at Trail End: 6:07pm


San Gorgonio Summit:

What Trail Did You Hike: Vivian Creek
Date at Trailhead: 7/28/2017
Time at Trailhead: 9:11am
Date at Summit: 7/28/2017
Time at Summit: 4:16pm
Date at Trail End: 7/28/2017
Time at Trail End: 9:11pm


San Jacinto Summit:

What Trail Did You Hike: Tram to Long Valley to Round Valley
Date at Trailhead: 7/29/2017
Time at Trailhead: 12:10pm
Date at Summit: 7/29/2017
Time at Summit: 3:55pm
Date at Trail End: 7/29/2017
Time at Trail End: 7:35pm

 


Our group on San Gorgonio peak.


Our group on San Jacinto peak.


Our group on Baldy peak.


 

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