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A Sunday Out...
« on: December 31, 2012, 10:32:24 AM »
A few months ago My buddy Nick and I visited the Big Horn Mine. The view is awesome and you can see the bottom of Vincent Gulch.

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Nick and I were getting a hobby amount of gold down stream about ten miles before realizing this was the headwaters of our spot. We had been told and seen the larger chunky gold from upstream. This spot had to be The Spot.

We made our plans and checked the weather constantly as winter weather was starting to come to our local mtn.s . Live web cams were very useful and showed the accumulation of snow at not more than a couple of inches. Very doable without snowshoes.

The drive up was what we expected.

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We celebrated with doughnuts in the parking lot. Not those kind.

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You can see the dark clouds that were hanging over the desert. That would be Palmdale out there. So. California weather can be surprising. Snow ski in the morning and surf a good swell in the evening in the same day. Sunny on the coast and overcast with real ty(pardon me) winds on the high desert.

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Re: A Sunday Out...
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2012, 11:26:23 AM »
Thanks for sharing your trip and the pics.
"Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world." John Muir

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Re: A Sunday Out...
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2012, 11:52:17 AM »
You're welcome!
I wish I could post a n outing once a month! Responsibilities don't permit it though.

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Re: A Sunday Out...
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2012, 12:09:15 PM »
We've got surfing but snow shoes stink in the sand! :)

Great trip

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Re: A Sunday Out...
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2012, 12:23:30 PM »
The beginning of the trail is the old dirt road to Big Horn Mine. The forest overgrowth and landslides make it more interesting.

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Re: A Sunday Out...
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2012, 12:33:26 PM »
Man I really think I'd like to try snow shoeing but I'll have to move. Those are great shots.

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Re: A Sunday Out...
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2012, 12:34:22 PM »
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The branch to Vincent Gulch is little more than an improved deer path.

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Re: A Sunday Out...
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Re: A Sunday Out...
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2012, 12:38:43 PM »
I'm having a hard time posting more than one pic with my phone. I don't mean to drag the story out.

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Re: A Sunday Out...
« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2012, 12:41:31 PM »
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I love walking/wandering because the picture on the canvass constantly changes.

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Re: A Sunday Out...
« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2012, 12:45:28 PM »
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The forest floor and creek bottom could at times be hurdles of downed trees and boulders.


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Re: A Sunday Out...
« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2012, 12:49:23 PM »
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Closer to our destination we walked the valley bottom with cairns pointing the way. You never know what your going to find. This is a glider wreckage. It doesn't look like the landing went well at all.

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Re: A Sunday Out...
« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2012, 03:04:30 PM »
At our destination we panned some samples and worked the sluice for 1 1/2 hrs. Before it was time to head on back. We THOUGHT there was plenty time to get back by dinner. We knew we had lost the trail part of the way down and luckily found more of it for the trip up but that increased the "I don't know gap" and the guessing game began. It was nearly flashlight dark before we picked up what we hoped was the trail out of the canyon floor. We aren't sure if it snowed,because we had clear skies above, or if the wind was blowing snow out of the branches but the outcome was the same. Our tracks had filled in and an occasional heel print was visible. When full darkness fell we were both exhausted and I was having to stop because of leg cramps. The hose from the hydration bladder froze and water wouldn't pass.

As we walked in the dark by flashlight the leaf and twig debris under the oaks started to look real good for spending the night. I had extra dry clothing, two space blankets, a small pot, two spoons, and a dehydrated chicken/rice meal that I could make into a soup. So much dead wood in the trees that we could have had ample fire all night. I was preparing to spend the night. A single twisted pine increased our hope and a check of the altimeter told us we only had 800' to climb. At the end of the trip we had climbed an accumulative 5300'. Also at the end of the hike were Search and Rescue teams heading into the dark....but not for us.