Kratka again: for summit to summit, 24 August 2013

I saw that Mike (W6AH) was heading up to Mt. Islip, and Tim (K6TW) and Nate (N0PCL) were heading up to Cucamonga Peak. So on the spur of the moment headed up to Kratka Ridge to make some summit to summit QSOs with them. I chose Kratka because it is only a 35 minute hike…

Mt. Baden-Powell W6/CT-004, 9400 ft, 16 August 2013

Set off from home at 0420, along the freeways then Angeles Crest, began hiking at 0625. The trailhead I chose was at Dawson Saddle, the same trail that heads up to Throop Peak. The sun was rising. This time instead of going up cross country to Throop, I continued to the junction with the Pacific…

11 Miles on 7800 ft Twin Peaks (W6 CT-064) 9 August 2013

I had last climbed Twin in August 2009, about 10 days before the Station Fire. I remembered it as a long hike, an isolated summit, and a long way back up to the shoulder of Waterman to get back. I had forgotten how pretty the hike is, with pine and cedar trees, chaparral, and interesting…

Poodle Dog, Poodle Dog, wherefore art thou Poodle Dog?

Well, I would upgrade the severity of Poodle Dog bush on me to a “3” out of 10 on my Poison Oak scale. Poison Oak and Ivy is “drives me nuts with the agony of itching and arm is encrusted with blisters”, Poodle Dog (so far) is “moderately irritating with itching”. That being said, I…