January 1, 2008 First Hike

Wimble Scale: Moderate, Length: 5 miles, Climb: 1100 feet, Time: 2.5 hours

The announcement
As always, we have First Hike on January 1, unless the weather is severe. We will leave here at 10 and travel to Monte Bello Open Space where we will start the hike at 10:45-ish. We’ll trudge up to the dragon bones at the top of Black Mountain, the highest mountain locally. At the top, we will pop some champagne, share some bread (well, whatever goodies people bring), and stand upon the spine of the earth, let out a primal scream, curse the darkness and warn the evil spirits to find easier prey next year.

Plan on about 2.5 to 3 hours for the hike. Be prepared for wide variation in the weather, especially cold and wind, and for possible heavy mud along parts of the trail.

The hike
Fourteen showed up for the celebration. Kristen added to the culinary tradition with Zingers this year, in addition to Ho-Hos and champagne. We had several incantations to ward off evil spirits, such as “Yu Mo Gwai Gwaai Fai Di Zao”, a Cantonese incantation for “demons, ghosts and monsters quickly go away”, and “Ki Ki So So Lha Gyalo”, Tibetan for “Let the gods conquer all evil spirits”.

Ron’s data can be found HERE.

 Mg 5624
 Mg 5631
 Mg 5637
 Mg 5641
 Mg 5643
 Mg 5648
 Mg 5651
 Mg 5653


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