Deathmarch: Sierra Azul - 3/18/2012

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Deathmarch: Sierra Azul - 3/18/2012

Postby sammydee » Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:17 am

I propose to have a Deathmarch on Sunday, March 18 2012 at Sierra Azul Regional Open Space.

What is a Deathmarch?
- A group hike with at least 6 GBA members involved
- A hike of at least 12 miles
- A minimum of 1,500 feet in elevation gain
- At least 1 cache found
- Hike done in the Bay Area
- An open hike that is posted on these boards and labeled as a DeathMarch


Starting at Lexington Reservoir in Los Gatos, we will ascend the Priest Rock, Kennedy and Woods Trails to Mt. El Sombroso - at 2999 ft the highest accessible point in the park. We will then continue on the Woods Trail to Hicks Road. We'll arrange a shuttle to get back to Lexington.

(I'm planning to make this hike with a friend in any case ... if enough GBA members want to come along to make it an official Deathmarch then that's super....)

This is a steep hike...with total elevation gain of more than 3000 feet. It'll take 7 hours minimum. There are as many as 21 caches along the route.

Start time TBA ... probably 9am or so.

Deathmarch participants are eligible to purchase a rare GBA Deathmarch Coin ... see the thread here.

Map of the Open Space: http://www.openspace.org/preserves/maps/pr_sierra_azul.pdf

If you're interested post here!
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Postby airsax » Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:49 am

Man I would love to go, but Sundays aren't so good for me. Got flag football game in the morning.
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Postby AlphaRoaming » Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:32 pm

Good idea! We need organizers who can plan ahead (unlike me, who won't know until a few days before!)
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Postby sammydee » Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:51 am

Slight change. This will be a "through" hike, from Lexington Reservoir to Hicks Road. Roughly the same distance (12 miles), same elevation. We'll arrange a shuttle from one end to the other.
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Postby DragonsWest » Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:15 am

Wow! This sounds fun! Count me in!
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Postby Xklondike » Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:43 pm

Usually I subject hapless victims to death marches. This time I'd like to be the victim. ;-}
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Postby bearterritory » Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:54 pm

This sounds pretty cool. I would love to come assuming my ankle is rehabbed by that time (although, given what Leelelee put me through at Purisima this last week...I'm thinking that it will be just fine!) :twisted:
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Postby not2b » Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:02 pm

Great idea. Tentative yes at this point.
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Postby bykenut » Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:27 pm

Sounds like fun! Count me in.
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Postby dw » Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:07 pm

I think I can do this! Count me in!
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Postby Mystery Ink » Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:17 am

Be happy to assist with shuttle services or recovery operations. :D
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Postby CKayaks » Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:37 am

I'm in. About due for a maintenance run on my caches anyway. :D
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Postby Kealia » Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:02 pm

Somebody will have to take a SPOT along so I hike vicariously. Some already know, but I tore the fascia in my root arch last weekend and likely won't be doing any hiking (or walking) for a while.
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Postby Wildbun » Mon Mar 05, 2012 5:30 pm

I'm getting old and rickety, but might be able to do this. I'll watch the thread for details.
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Postby CKayaks » Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:45 pm

Kealia wrote:Somebody will have to take a SPOT along so I hike vicariously. Some already know, but I tore the fascia in my root arch last weekend and likely won't be doing any hiking (or walking) for a while.


Ouch!! Get better soon.

I will have a SPOT going. www.tinyurl.com/CKayaksSPOT
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