Haddock Mountain

Cottonwoods in upper Sespe Canyon on the way home.

23 OCTOBER 2021 W6/SC-005

This trip took a lot longer than I planned. I left Topanga at about 4 AM in a thick drizzle. As I slowly made my way through Calabasas, Agoura and Thousand Oaks it became a steady rain. This slowed me down a bit and it took me two and a half hours to reach the trail head. It was sunny and clear and a bit breezy when I left the car. Deer season was in full swing and there were lots of hunters camped at the Pine Mountain campground. I was a bit worried about being mistaken for a deer as I started out, but I hoped my bright orange Jackite pole would flag me as not very tasty eating. Turns out I had nothing to worry about. The early morning crowd of hunters — and I saw quite a few — seemed to be quite skilled. I only heard 4 rifle reports all day. More Robert De Niro than John Cazale 🙂

I last climbed Haddock Mountain May 15th, 1996 with Cassie KG6MZR and Chauncey the dog. This time it seemed a lot farther than I remember it. There is about 1,000′ of elevation loss on the way out. Of course this translates to a thousand feet of gain on the return and this always seems disproportionately hard. It seems like the return from climbing a mountain should be all downhill. The total hike is a little over eight miles and has 2,500′ of elevation gain. I got there much later than I anticipated and wandered around over a few false summits. The actual summit has a pretty big summit block

As I was setting up, I heard KN6IUF on Mount Baden-Powell so I hastily snagged a juicy summit-to-summit to start. Conditions were decent and I managed to work Christian F4WBN in France for the first time in a while. Thank you all chasers!

The dramatic sedimentary bands of Haddock Mountain. That’s Hines Peak (W6/SC-010) just off the right shoulder of Haddock.
The large summit block behind my station
The station
Looking back at Reyes Peak (W6/CC-005) from atop the summit block of Haddock
Mount Pinos (W6/CC-002) and Cerro Noroestre (W6/CC-001)

Published by wringmaster

I'm a graphic artist in the movie business. When I was a kid I got interested in astronomy. When it would get too cloudy to observe the heavens, my buddy and I would sit at the VFO of his Hallicrafters S 38c like safe crackers trying to coax faraway signals out of that humble radio. My love of astronomy and radio survive to this day fifty+ years later.

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