Hello Six-Pack-of-Peaks Hiking team,
SO SORRY FOR THE SCHEDULING CONFLICTS AND INCONVENIENCE.
WE HAVE RESCHEDULED SAN GORGONIO FOR 8/21.
REGISTRATION & DETAILS BELOW:
Here is an update on some of our OUTSTANDING progress.
- We have completed 11 hikes and 1 run in 7 months.
- We have hiked roughly 177.5 miles!
- We have climbed over 35,000 FEET!! (typical cruising altitude for a Boeing 737)
We are so proud of you! This is amazing work and an accomplishment to be proud of. We continue to be inspired each time we go out by the motivation you bring. You ARE #motivated #dedicated #inspiring #encouraging and #amazing! Be proud of what you have done and continue to do.
Our next peak (bagged) will be #5 of Trainer Ali’s Six Pack Challenge – SAN GORGONIO PEAK. San Gorgonio is the tallest mountain in Southern California at 11,503’ high. The elevation gain on this hike will be the largest amount we have seen yet (5,840’), but not the steepest. This very strenuous, out and back, trail is about 18 miles total and should take about 11 hours . We will depart from Vivian Creek trailhead just off of highway 38.
PLEASE BE AWARE, THIS HIKE IS FOR ADVANCED HIKERS ONLY!
$15 FEE PER HIKE FOR NON-6-PACK MEMBERS
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND BE SURE TO RSVP TO TRAINER ALI @ (949) 929-1249
NEW HIKERS MUST ALSO SUBMIT A ONE-TIME e-WAIVER. CLICK HERE SUBMIT e-WAIVER
Weather: The weather forecast looks like it is going to be hot. The earlier we leave, the better. http://tinyurl.com/j32bbcp
Meet & Directions: It will take us about 2 hours to get to the trailhead. For those who are carpooling, please meet at Bootcamp at 4:45am! We will leave sharply at 5am. Step off from trail head (Vivian Creek Trailhead) at about 7am. If you can drive or need a ride, please let us know.
Google Maps: http://tinyurl.com/jqtau8p
- We did a much better job staying together on the way up San Jacinto Peak, but we failed miserably on the way down. We will do a better job of staying together both ways.
- The advantage of staying together on the way up is that we get to celebrate the summit TOGETHER! We will do this TOGETHER! Let’s stop to smell the roses at the top TOGETHER.
- As we are hiking, we need to make sure that each hiker knows if we make a turn. As you make a turn, please make sure the person behind you knows that you are turning.
- Once we get to the trail head, get ready to go as quickly as possible. We are losing much valuable hiking time getting ready to step off.
- If you are driving, please don’t wait until you get to boot camp to figure out directions to the trail head. If you have questions about how to get to the trail head, please ask them in advance.
- Make sure you are exercising in between hikes. Many of us do Bootcamp, but some don’t. Please make sure you are stretching, hydrating and getting some cardio exercise in between hikes.
- Layers of clothing. Technical/Athletic clothing that is wicking and breaths. Avoid cotton or jean material.
- SHOES: Bring shoes with good grip! Strong, sturdy shoes with good grip should be fine. NO TENNIS SHOES. Boot fitting video:http://youtu.be/26gMi_9K87I
- Bring 3+ liters of water. Bring enough, but don’t overload your pack with liquids.
- Fuel. Bring fuel you need to sustain a 10+ hour hike. Talk to Ali about nutrition.
- Hat (wide brim preferred)
- Sunscreen & Bug Spray (Ask Ali about a natural alternatives)
- Hiking Poles (personal preference) These will be very useful on the way down.
- Fully charged Cell Phone (spare battery if you have one)
- Map (if you have one)
- A light/medium windbreaker or slick jacket to stuff in your pack
- That’s about it! Don’t overload your pack with “what if” scenario stuff. Several of the strong hikers bring extra items like first aid kits and water.
Safety Brief: We did a great job on the accent to San Jacinto on staying together. We need to continue to work on that. As we will try to accomplish our goal in a timely manner, we will NOT be able to adjust our speed to cater to individual timelines. Also, we will utilize the buddy system again. Find a buddy and stick with them. If your buddy is feeling ill and needs to descend or wait in place for us, then you wait too. No one should be alone on the trail. Stay together, stay safe. Lastly, if you are feeling ill, you MUST say something. Do not worry about being embarrassed. Not saying something might cause a much larger problem if you continue.
Altitude Sickness (Mountain Sickness): http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/altitude-sickness-topic-overview
View from Google Earth: http://socalhiker.net/wp-content/uploads/san-gorgonio.kmz
Trail Description by SoCal Hiker: https://socalhiker.net/hiking-san-gorgonio-via-vivian-creek/
We need to continue to push ourselves. For those who are hiking Mt. Whitney, we will need to keep a swift pace in order to make the summit and back down in a safe time period. If we do not practice a swift pace, we will not be able to summit Mt. Whitney in a safe timeline. These hikes are the time to push yourself to the edge of your comfort level.
San Bernardino National Forest Headquarters Office
(909) 382-2600. After hours (909) 383-5654