Whale Peak from June Wash 1/25/2016

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Parking at the end of the road.
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We need to cross few ridges first.
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Those who will go with John on his Mud Palisade hike rise your hand.
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Here is Johnís group.
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We are going up to Whale Peak.
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The last time we have done this hike in 2006 we did not make it all the way to the peak.
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There are nice dry waterfalls here. They are not slowing us down, yet.
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Here is the Big One.
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We are slightly bypassing it.
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Kerry is going up.
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We got some dire warnings about this hike. Mainly that it was newer completed this way.
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We can see the top (almost). Do we stop and return or do we continue? There is only one answer: so Warning changed into Challenge!
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Thanks to The Challenge we made it here.
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It will be shorter lunch than usually.
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Our group here.
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Big yucca.
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Cougar was here.
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We are going down but there are some ups also.
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Cars are somewhere down there.
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It will be a long way down.
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Rocky gully.
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Made it to the top of the big fall. How are we going to get down?
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Going up the ridge to bypass falls.
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Almost back down.
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Sun is still up.
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We have about three miles to go.
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It is getting dark, time to find headlamps.
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Made it! It is time to celebrate!

Hike Rating: Difficulty: 4.4 Technical: 4 Scenic: 3.5 El. 5100'