Thursday, January 27, 2011

Next Hike

Our next hike will be this Sunday morning to Sitton Peak. Team members John, Jack, Danny, and Wendy will be attempting the summit.  Review to follow.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Mt. Whitney application

Well, the Mt. Whitney trail allows only 60 people per day to hike overnight.  So you have to apply to the "lottery" in hopes that you will secure one of the spots.  The application is filled out, the dates are picked (any date is ok for us), and the check is written. Now all we have to do is wait until February 1st and mail it off.  Wish us luck, we will be training hard in the next couple of weeks.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

12/31/10 Attempted Mt. Santiago Peak

Mt. Santiago Peak
Elevation: 5687'
15.0 miles round trip
Gain/Loss: 3950'/3950'
Difficulty: 4 out of 5 stars

Last Friday was the last day of the year and we decided to start our training with a hike to the summit of Mt. Santiago in the Cleveland National Forest. Team members Danny Chesley, Jack Souders, and myself headed out early for the 15 mile round trip hike. Mother nature had different plans as the road to the trailhead was in horrible shape due to the recent heavy rains. We hoped to make the summit in about three hours and another 2 1/2 to return. But after traversing the swollen Trabuco Creek numerous times, we realized that conditions just didn't favor us today. Past the Holy Jim cabin we decided that we were running out of time and had to head back. On the way down, we met a resident who warned us of a hungry male mountain lion that had been seen in the area. I don't know about you, but being lunch for a wild animal is not the way I want to go. All in all, the Holy Jim trail is a beautiful hike and I have to remember that experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted. We plan on making another attempt at this summit when conditions improve. In the mean time, our next hike is being planned and I will post a review along with some pics.

Introducing my new blog

Welcome to the Wolfpack Adventure Team's blogspot. We are a small group of friends who have decided to climb to the summit of the highest peak in the continental United States. Mt. Whitney in Northern California is our goal this summer and we will be doing training hikes in preparation. This blog is just a fun way to share our photos and adventures and to keep track of our progress.

Feel free to chime in with any comments or suggestions. We're by no means professional adventure seekers, just a couple of dudes who share a few things in common.

"It's supposed to be hard, if it wasn't hard everyone would do it. It's the hard that makes it great"
Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own