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After a reader’s very helpful comments on my first post on the attempts of climbing Indianhead (thank you Charity), and after my trials in take two, I went out last Sunday to check out the suggested route.

The approach starts directly at mile 1.0 from the parking lot, about half a mile before reaching the first palm grove. The route leads straight up the mountain along a white gully.

I didn’t go very far. There is no cell phone reception. This makes at least one climbing buddy critical. Two would be better. The terrain is very difficult. There is no trail, and there are many opportunities to hurt ankles or much worse.

Just to give you a feel for what it’s like, here is a shot looking up to where I am going. The camera is pointed upwards. It’s very difficult to get a sense of scale. The ocotillo plants on the right are about twice the height of a man.

Gully1

As always, click on the images to enlarge.

Looking back to where I came from, pointing the camera down, I had this view:

Gully2

The scale of the terrain is difficult to show in pictures when there is no human being to photograph. So  I did you a favor and drew myself into the picture in front of the boulder, just so you get a sense of the size of things:

Gully3

Here is the funny thing:

Today, late morning, the office shook from the sharp jolt of a non-minor earthquake. I remember thinking that I didn’t want to be right there during an earthquake. It turns out, the earthquake happened 24 hours after I was there and it was centered in Anza, right where I was. I guess I just missed it.

I am now looking forward to January 2014 – hopefully time to bag Indianhead once and for all.

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