Monday, February 25, 2013
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Very cold and windy at the meeting place this morning.
After some deliberation the group decided to give it the old college try.
With hats, hooks and neck warmers we four, maybe not the smartest, trekked across the desert for one and one half miles to the canyon at the foot of Baby Wilson.
At last,out of the wind we climbed to the summit where the wind let up for a short time so we could take a picture.
We started down the east side obstacle course and waited for Paul to grab his cache.
The next 150 ft down was the worst of the wind.
We managed to get back down to the desert floor and back to the trail head in record time. ~ Richard Natale
The next leg of the hike led us across the wash road, up a small wash, and across the desert toward a large separated rock called Baby Butte. We crossed a deep ravine using cow paths and hiked over to a slot which proved to be an interesting way to attain the next plateau up. A very dirty pool of water sat at the bottom of the climb at the end of the slot. We placed rocks in the deep pool that aided us to get to the beginning of the ascent.
After around a half mile of brushy canyon terrain, we climbed up to our left onto the plateau above. In the photo to the left, Susan Murphy's camera took in the sandstone landscape. A final climb on the plateau led us to the top of what will forever be known as Lubinsky Point! This sandstone fin is a dubious test of will. Until today when Ed F. found an easier route down, this obstacle was a necessity when accomplishing the Big Boulder Canyon Scramble. From here on out, Lubinsky Point will be a choice.
Kay's View of the Lubinsky Point Descent as the Group Funneled Down to the Wash
Right after our break, the sky had instantly turned from a warm blue to a very gusty and cold gray. We were all feeling a little vulnerable to the weather so the last leg of the hike began without much ado.