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Nic Smith: 24-HOUR FINISHER 2018 3-Peak Challenge

 

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About Your Experience:

"Probably the hardest/dumbest thing I've ever done. Started at the base of Baldy at midnight, took Register and Devil's Backbone to the summit. Upon reaching the summit around 2 am started yelling because it was so cold (~35 degrees and over 30mph wind). Woke a couple up who were sleeping behind one of the rock stacks. Lady looked a little miffed, then saw me and said "You're wearing SHORTS?" (Side note: I was wearing shorts). It was cold. Gorgonio was awesome until it was time to come down. My frame (6'3 and lanky) was not built for descents. Found this out in a bad way coming down Gorgonio. Mentally resigned myself that Jacinto was not in the cards. My two buddies convinced me to give Jacinto a shot. After a three-ish hour break (traffic and waiting for the tram), and refueling with some cold pasta and Red Bull I actually felt quite a bit better, and we made the summit right around 7pm. It was another long, painful descent, but we just made it for the last tram."

Challenge Highlight:

"Riding the tram down from Jacinto, our operator Billy killed the lights and put his phone over the speakers. Descending into Palm Springs to the sweet sound of Bowie's "Under Pressure", having just completed the challenge, is a memory I won't soon forget."

 

San Jacinto:

jacinto summit

What Trail Did You Hike: Tram + Jacinto Peak Trail
Date at Trailhead: 5/26/18
Time at Trailhead: 5:00PM
Date at Summit: 5/26/18
Time at Summit: 6:55PM
Date at Trail End: 5/26/18

 

San Gorgonio:

gorgonio summit

What Trail Did You Hike: Vivan Creek
Date at Trailhead: 5/26/18
Time at Trailhead: 5:44
Date at Summit: 5/26/18
Time at Summit: 10:00AM
Date at Trail End: 5/26/18
Time at Trail End: 1:37 PM
Transition Time to the Next Trailhead: 3:23

 

 

Mt. Baldy:

baldy summit

What Trail Did You Hike: Register to Devil's Backbone
Date at Trailhead: 5/26/18
Time at Trailhead: 12:06 AM
Date at Summit: 5/26/18
Time at Summit: 1:59 AM
Date at Trail End: 5/26/18
Time at Trail End: 3:37 AM
Transition Time to the Next Trailhead: 2:06

 

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