Friday, February 27, 2009

Sidewinder


(Chuck)We are at Sidewinder. It is in California, West of Yuma, Arizona. In my official daily log we are noted as Olgiby Road, CA Sidewinder Road, FB (N32 48.819 W114 49.029) 415’ elevation. The FB means free boondocking. We generate our own electricity with solar, water is brought in with a 45 gallon water bladder and we have a whole lot of the best Western desert scenery available to man. We are living like Kings. Our friend Judy Sheeley would say “It would take a lot of this to kill ya.”

We were here last year about this time and we hiked the hills (desert mountains) that lay just to the East. There are great places to go through the mountains and circle around each way back to our rig, each trip seems to take about two and one half hours. They are good hikes and good exercise.
(Jan) Yesterday we took off hiking up the usual ‘trail’ or water course that we had followed several times last year. As we got to the first major ridge we decided to ascend to the right and locate the geo-cache that is called “Black Rock Overlook”. We had found this cache one year and 2 days ago with a group of fellow Boomers coming up from a different route.
We had decided that our goal on this trip was to find a high valley on the mountain that we could see on the Google Earth Maps. We found it, although we didn’t climb down that way. We continue scrambling down among the big ‘chocolate drop’ boulders and then down a water course to the south. Back at the Rig we enjoyed some ice water a little 'lawn chair testing'.
(Chuck)Today we were eyeing the highest peak and wondering to ourselves if we could find a way to get to the top. We took the challenge and made the summit a little after 10:00 am. We reached the top from the South West side and went down by a steep ravine that runs to the East. While at the top Jan called our friends Mickey and Karen. (Jan) Our friends are boondocking in this area about two miles away. We could see their rig from the peak so I gave Karen a call. She got out her binoculars and could see us and Mickey took a picture with his telephoto lens. It was quite an interesting, steep climb and what beautiful views when you get to the summit.

(Chuck)At the top there is a survey marker and a small container with a notebook to log any climbing entries. We added our names and the date to the book. In the log was an entry dated November 24, 2005 from a fellow Boomer Barry McAlister. Barry is an extreme adventurer and it’s an honor to have our names in the log with his. Barry would not have bothered to climb the mountain if it wasn’t pretty difficult. It made me smile when we were at Craggy Wash to hear that he had also climbed the bigger mountain to the South.



(Jan) The hike down involved some climbing at times. The ravine we followed was a dry stream bed that probably featured some small waterfalls when the water was flowing in the spring. We're very cautious when climbing and use our hiking sticks at all times.









Looking up to the top.........
Looking down to the bottom.......
(Chuck)This was our second hiking trip into the mountain in two days and we seem to lie around our rig in the afternoon. The temperature is in the low 80’s and if you are in the shade the slight breeze makes it seem cool. It is beautiful winter weather to enjoy.

3 comments:

Laurie, Odel, and Luna said...

I LOVED this post! So evocative of the Sidewinder experience, and your photos really illuminate the climbs. Made me wanna' be there with you (though here in Tucson is good, good, good, too).

Jan, I love the photo of you on the blog banner. That was a fun, fun summer, huh?

Safe travels,
Laurie

Nancy said...

Hi guys< Enjoyed reading about your hikes. Great job!!! So many nice experiences at Sidwinder. And that's a super shot on your new blog banner.
Nancy

Eric Moore said...

wow - good climb. nice report.

 
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