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William Sittner: 3-DAY FINISHER 2017 3-Peak Challenge

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About Your Experience:

"Great experience. My friend had to ditch because of a knee injury after doing Mount Antonio with me but was kind enough to drop me off and San Gorgonio. I was not able to catch the last tram up to San Jacinto peak to complete within 24 hours. So after my friend dropped me off at home I drove to P.S. and caught the tram the following afternoon. After signing in at the Ranger Station, I mistakenly took the trail towards the desert floor then turned around and headed up. Some time after I inadvertently took the trail heading down towards the Pacific Crest Trail. Again self correcting, I turned back and found the trail to the summit. It was storming pretty hard i.e., raining and gale winds and after scrambling up shortly and finding the summit it was a challenge taking a picture of myself in the dark with the San Jacinto peak behind me. I did not find my adventure 16 trail flag that I thought had blew away in the wind. I eventually found it in a smaller compartment of my pack upon completion later on. I became disorientated after the summit photo. In the inclement weather and being solo I had become slightly lost in the dark and eventually found the summit again. Backtracking correctly I found the path and descended quickly back to the tram and arrived at the top of the tram, at around 10:30pm, which was closed. I slept at the campground and then caught the 8am tram down on Monday morning."

Challenge Highlight:

"My lady friend hiking Mount Baldy in flip flops. Wondering to turn back or go to the summit of San Gorgonio after seeing a wild fire plume of smoke heading in my direction. Breaking in acrid ashed air on the descent. As it was getting dark, I was going to hold off on putting on my headlight. Thinking it was best not to possibly trip in rocks and roots, as I had just put on the light, three feet in front of me was a large beautiful rattle snake that looked like it had molted its skin. There is a high probability of me stepping on the snake. My luck was fortunate. Sleeping out at San Jacinto in shorts trying to stay warm in my bivy over night."

 

San Antonio Summit:

What Trail Did You Hike: Fishbowl
Date at Trailhead: 09/02/17
Time at Trailhead: 1:47am
Date at Summit: 09/02/17
Time at Summit: 5:29am
Date at Trail End: 09/02/17
Time at Trail End: 7:32am


San Gorgonio Summit:

What Trail Did You Hike: Vivian Creek Trail
Date at Trailhead: 09/02/17
Time at Trailhead: 11:11am
Date at Summit: 09/02/17
Time at Summit: 4:29pm
Date at Trail End: 09/02/17
Time at Trail End: 8:06pm

San Jacinto Summit:

What Trail Did You Hike: Tram + San Jacinto Peak
Date at Trailhead: 09/03/17
Time at Trailhead: 4:36pm
Date at Summit: 09/03/2017
Time at Summit: 8:07pm
Date at Trail End: 09:03/17
Time at Trail End: 10:34pm


Desert.


Fire.


Beauty.

 

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