C2C = Humility

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C2C = Humility

Postby Ellen » Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:21 pm

Howdy All :)

Headed up Skyline again yesterday -- my fourth time in 8 days. Yes, I am in a rut, but all of my hiking buddies were on Skyline those four days. I carried enough fuel to go to the summit just in case. I haven't done C2C -- the full monty-- since the spring.

The dry conditions made the air feel cooler and also provided spectacular views of the Salton sea, Coachella valley, San Gorgonio and Baldy. My group started at 5 AM. Based on pace, I wound up with Perry A, Krai, Lindella, Brian and Ryan. I was struggling from the beginning, probably due to the cumulative elevation gain, though I thought two days of rest was sufficient time to recover.

In Long Valley, we met my friend Tim Gillam, who had also done Skyline and was planning to summit. We topped off on water and headed out. Thank goodness the trail to Round Valley was more forgiving than Skyline. The cardiovascular agony kicked back in as we headed up to Wellman's, though we were treated to exquisite views at the divide. Then we endured the loonng slog up to the Miller switchback.

We left the trail at the Miller switchback and headed up the winter route. Scrambled up the rocks to the summit and took in the amazing views. I discovered that this was the first C2C for my friend Tim. Of course we took the obligatory summit pictures. For the group shot, I laid on the rocks in the front of the sign (that's really how I felt at that point) but my friends insisted that I be upright for the photo.

We retraced our route back to forested area at 10 K, then went XC down to Tamarack valley. That's when I tripped and fell sideways into a bush. Arrgh :x I was hoping to get through JUST ONE C2C without losing blood. Picked up the Sid Davis drainage and headed home. I was definately in beer mode but could only slow twitch up the ramp to the tram bar to celebrate our C2C.

Ran into our friend Ben C at the tram bar while we were relaxing. He had untouched home fries on his plate and I asked if I could have one. When he told us to eat all of them, EVERYONE dove in. It was hilarious -- a SNL landshark feeding frenzy :lol: Jym gave us a ride back to our cars. I had my first cheeseburger and fries at John's -- yummy 8)

I added up my elevation gain and discovered that I'd climbed 35 K in 8 days. A mere triffle for Speedy Steve and InFerno, but I don't have speedy alien DNA. The old blonde mare she ain't what she used to be :lol: Note to self -- do not attempt a C2C after doing Skyline three times in five days. Yesterday was a wonderful lesson in both humility and friendship. Fortunately, my friends let me set the pace and were wonderful company the entire time.

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Postby Backwoods » Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:03 pm

Now that's a lot of climbing 35k in eight day's !! Sound's like it's time for you to take a Zero day or 3. I do see how Skyline could be addictive now that I have done it. I think I'll be hitting it again this week myself. With the conecting trail 1/3 mile from were I live at the far end of Idyllwild towards hemet I can hit Erney Maxwell trail to devils slide and on to the tram and I only have 1/3 mile of RD walking the whole way how cool is that. My son pick's me up on his way home from work at the tram drop's me off the next morning at Skyline and I hike back. That's plenty for the week for me along with cycling and taking the dog for a walk up one of the trail's up here. Also get to see my boy. Well his birthday is next week he going to be 30 but he's still my baby boy. With all that going for Skyline it's a no brainer. I'm sure I'll be seeing ya up there one of these day's. How could I not???
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Postby Ellen » Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:25 pm

Howdy Ken :)

Welcome to Skyline Addicts Not So Anonymous 8)

I am happily sitting on my butt for three days before I hit the trail again.

I thought about titling my post, "And I thought I was in shape" :lol:

I want to dayhike the Snow PCT to tram before we get snow. Also want to dayhike from Hwy 74 to the tram, but that one may need to wait until next year.

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Postby Cy Kaicener » Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:45 pm

Ellen - you never cease to amaze me. I was inspired to blog it

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Postby zippetydude » Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:22 pm

Nice job Ellen!

You nut.

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Postby Hikin_Jim » Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:00 pm

Only 35K in 8 days? You're slipping, Ellen. :lol:

I wish I could do 35K in 8 weeks, let alone 8 days. I did do Momyer straight up to the ridge the other day, and that was plenty for me.

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Postby gprunner » Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:57 pm

That is not 35K walking distance. It is climbing 35,000 meters!
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Postby Hikin_Jim » Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:18 pm

Well, I think it was feet in this case (not meters), but I'm sure Ellen will do 35K meters next. Poop on a stick is a pretty good motivator you know. :lol:

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Postby lesper4 » Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:20 am

Amazing Ellen, jsut amazing. So you didnt summit on the 27th? I thought you did and you were so fast we just didnt see the blur. Snow Creek sounds amazing maybe some day.

What is the name of the main shoot directly north of the peak..isnt that also snow creek but it is used for mountainering?
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Postby DancesWithTheMountains » Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:06 pm

Hi Ellen,
You are truly amazing. I remember when I use to do skyline 3 days
a week. What I wouldn't give to be able to be like that again, (I think, lol)
I really think that there comes a time in our physical lives when we can
push ourselves to the limit and beyond and its during these times that
we should embrace this because it won't last forever. I never felt better
than when I was going like a maniac up that trail. Of course I never
got to the speed of Steve and Fernando. I remember Andy Hollinger and Scott always catching up to me right around Timberline. I use to want to
just hit them in their heads for beating me up the trail. (lol). What fun days those were. Now I'm glad just to make it up in under 8 hrs!! You are MY
inspiration Ellen. Love ya
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