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827. South Wilderness Loop (04/21/12)

Hikers (20): Chinyet, David, George, Giulia, Harvey, Helen, Jacques, Jeff, Kathryn, Kirk, Milon, Peter, Peter E, Robert, Ross, Rudi, Russell, Sabine, Sophie, Yipeng
Distance: 13 miles
Rating: 5 difficulty, 9 beauty
Park info: Pinnacles National Monument south of Hollister

Write-up by Peter -- Pictures by Robert and Helen

By the numbers:


1, 2, 3 ... INCH!


Let the fun begin!


Heading towards the South Wilderness in the early light


Hopping the fence ...


... and down towards the creek


Sometimes it's better to just walk through the muck


Helen's just lovin' it!


After 5 miles, we finally start up the Pig Fence


Oh shit!


And there's more!


Looking down from near the top of Hill 3


Finally it flattens out for a bit and you can actually enjoy the view


But then there's more torture


Near the top of Hill 5 -- we came from down there??


Our destination -- North Chalone Peak -- so close and yet so far


Of course, the trail drops you down first and makes you work your way back up


When you finally crawl to the top, your reward is a shirtless fat guy waiting for you


Virgins no more!


Thigh cramps -- ouch, ouch, ouch!!


The Pig Fence showed Kathryn a good time


The intrepid ones will go back down and then up to the High Peaks from here


Destination in sight


Sooooooo tempting to call it a day at the reservoir


Harvey earned that cold one, along with a few scratches


We missed you Steve!


George was waiting for me with his latex glove, but I already gave generously at The Fence


Hard day at the office for Rudi

For the full set of pix, check out Robert's album.

Milestones:
David's 310th leaf
Harvey's 120th leaf
Jacques's 1st leaf
Kirk's 40th leaf
Sophie's 60th leaf



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