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Germar Bernhard: 3-Month FINISHER 2018 3-Peak Challenge

 

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About Your Experience:

"My wife Annie Hoppe and I have participated in the 3-peak challenge multiple times during the last years. So this year, we tried something different: enjoy the sunset on each of the summits and camp on (or near) each peak. To make it even more challenging, we combined the hike up San Jacinto with our duties as fire lookout hosts for the forest service at Tahquitz peak. This resulted in a 28.6 mile round trip just for the Holy Jack! Scheduling this year's adventure was another challenge as we got married twice in between (once in California and once on Germany's highest peak, the Zugspitze), and also had to fit in our honeymoon, hiking from hut to hut in Switzerland. At the end, everything worked out great and we were excited when we finished yet another adventure."

Challenge Highlight:

"There was a highlight on every peak. On San Gorgonio, the handsome young man camping next to us proposed to his girlfriend (she said "yes") and we newly weds celebrated with them their engagement.  We chose July 4 for camping out on Mt. Baldy and enjoyed watching perhaps 100 firework going off all over Southern California. It was the best vantage point we could wish for. The day we hiked up San Jacinto was a full moon and we watched the Sun set and the Moon rise at the same time. The colors of the sky as we hiked down to Little Round Valley (where we camped for the night) was magical."

Favorite Gear:

"Lucy, the blow-up flickering LED candle that we bought at A16. It delivers great ambience without the risk of setting the forest on fire, as real candles may do. As our beloved Tahquitz fire tower almost burned down during the Cranston fire (trees less than 20 feet from the tower were charred!) we like to remind everyone to be extra cautious with fire in the forest. Smokey Bear will thank you!"

 

San Jacinto:

jacinto summit

What Trail Did You Hike: Devil's Slide + Tahquitz + Wellman's Divide + Little Round Valley + Summit + Devil's Slide
Date at Trailhead: 22 AUG 2018 
Time at Trailhead: 18:45
Date at Summit: 25 AUG 2018
Time at Summit: 18:25
Date at Trail End: 26 AUG 2018
Time at Trail End: 14:30

 

San Gorgonio:

San Gorgonio

What Trail Did You Hike: Vivian Creek Trail
Date at Trailhead: 1 JUN 2018
Time at Trailhead: 9:45
Date at Summit: 1 JUN 2018
Time at Summit: 16:40
Date at Trail End: 3 JUN 2018
Time at Trail End: 14:00

 

Mt. Baldy:

baldy summit

What Trail Did You Hike: Ski Hut Trail
Date at Trailhead: 4 JUL 2018
Time at Trailhead: 14:45
Date at Summit: 4 JUL 2018
Time at Summit: 18:35
Date at Trail End: 5 JUL 2018
Time at Trail End: 12:05

SSan Gorgonio at sunrise with traces of snow
San Gorgonio at sunrise with traces of snow

Shadow of San Jacinto at sunset with the moon looming at the horizon
Shadow of San Jacinto at sunset with the moon looming at the horizon

 

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