1054. Rock House Ridge (10/08/16)
Hikers (17): Alan, Brad, Chinyet, David, George, Heyning, Karl, Kathryn, Mihail, Peter, Peter E, Russell, Sarbinder, Sophie, Steve, Susan P, Yipeng
Distance: 20 miles
Rating: 5 difficulty, 8 beauty
Park info: Henry Coe State Park east of Morgan Hill
Write-up by Peter -- Pictures by Karl, George, and Sophie
For many of us this was a warmup hike for Grand Canyon, and Big Henry delivered the "warm". Many hikers struggled on the hike, with many of us running out of water and thankful for the fillup stations at Manzanita Camp and at the top of the Poverty Flat Trail.
1, 2, 3 ... INCH!
It was a beautiful day early on. Mihail set out like a rocket, looking to set a record up to The Bench. But Big Henry didn't approve, so Mihail was "only" able to make it there in 25 minutes and change. Ross' record is still safe.
I caught up with newbie Susan P. at The Bench. I made it in 34:10, which is pretty good for me, but I was huffing and puffing like crazy and she wasn't even breaking a sweat so I knew she was the real deal. As it turned out later, she took a wrong turn off the Rock House Ridge and ended up scrambling over boulders in the canyon, but emerged at the end of the hike in great spirits -- welcome to INCH!
After the hike, I was disappointed to hear many of the front-runners -- led by Steve -- had taken the shorter route back via Poverty Flat. WTF? How unintrepid! How weak! I know it was allowed per my instructions at the beginning of the hike, but that was not the spirit in which it was intended. Where's the pride? I expressed my disdain for them by sitting separately with UG at the after-party, but I think they neither realized nor cared -- in fact, they were probably happier :)
Heyning's 10th leaf
Susan P's 1st leaf
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