Jan 29, 2012 at 4:59 pm #1284877
Envious of the Northern California annual backpack and all their fun, the SoCal BPL members managed our first SoCal hike this past Saturday, January 28, 2012. This robust group commenced their hike at 9:00 am. meeting in the parking lot of the Candy Store just off Ortega Highway in southern Orange County, marching five miles to Sitton Peak. As hard as we tried to match the northern California group’s flare for absolutely miserable, butt freezing weather, we had to settle for totally beautiful clear skies and temperatures in the high 70ºs. Sorry, but it is January, we did our best. Next year maybe we can enjoy more august weather.
Thanks to Michael for taking charge and setting a date and to Warren for relentless recruiting of fellow BPLers to find a quorum. Clockwise from top left:
Jerry, Michael, Warren and John in the breathless atmosphere of Sitton Peak, 3,293'.
Jan 29, 2012 at 5:40 pm #1831412
Ken T.BPL Member
Good Job Guys! It's really not that hard to get backpackers to go backpacking. We'll take some beautiful weather this time around. We done our share in the bad weather. If you guys have not had enough of other Bplrs come up to Coe in a couple of weeks.Jan 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm #1831416
We had a great time atop Sitton Peak. Views were quite spectacular probably exceeding 50 miles in all directions. John, thanks for the ride and the good company to a from our day out. Michael, thanks for organizing it all and Jerry it was great to see you after many years. Let's do it again soon.
Maybe we can go to the PCT Kick off day in the end of April. That'd be a fun day out and we could get a closer look at many of the cottage industries finest products.Jan 29, 2012 at 7:36 pm #1831466
Warren, I am in for the PCT kick off. ThanksJan 29, 2012 at 7:37 pm #1831468
Michael HaubertBPL Member
@socalmikeLocale: So Cal
It was my pleasure to organize the hike. No problem at all. Be on the lookout for some more SoCal adventures.
@ Ken: Wish I could make its up to Coe. But definitely want to meet our other BPL brethren in the north. I'll see if I can rally some of my SoCal buddies up there before too long.
MichaelJan 29, 2012 at 9:21 pm #1831509
Ken T.BPL Member
I make it down south on occasion for family there. Just have to get a hike in while I am at it.Feb 1, 2012 at 5:01 pm #1833021
Tony WongBPL Member
@valsharLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Congrats on finding some fellow BPLers in SoCal.
Hopefully you can put together a simple overnighter and post pics up.
Seems to snowball into something much bigger when people can see photos of the fun that you had.
Also, does not help to have someone like Ken T. to put in the huge effort to organize things.
Here is hoping to see more post from our SoCal BPLers!
-TonyFeb 15, 2012 at 6:45 am #1839714
jack and i are right in the middle here in bakersfield
would love to meet up with the so cal group for some trips same driving time for us either way
for the so cal group you guys would have a fantastic time at the ggg in coe this will be my third time attending this gathering and i can tell you from experience
the northern area bpl ers are hands down a fantastic and welcoming group
just watch out for those two guys named ken lol just kidding
if you so cal guys ever get a chance to head north for a hike with the bay area boys you will be in for an absolute treat they are great
will be watching for so cal trips in the future
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