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Rocko1
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2/18/2019
Rocko1
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Wanted to get a decent hike in that was not muddy I decided to do Granite Mountain via Cool Canyon solo. Got the trail head at 7:30am, it was about 50F and windy.

Beginning of Cool Canyon. Ground was very saturated.


Some nice rock formations in this canyon.

Everything was damp and water was tricking at points.


After a mile the canyons split.
I climbed up this and took a hard left up the ridge.

Looking back at the ridge I am using.

Great views even less than 2 miles in. Made it over the first hump. Hard to spot the use trails as with all the rain it has greened over.


Heading up peak 4,624 I spotted a nice Pinyon. A good spot for a rest. Lots of boulders going up this hill, it’s sort of just find the easiest route-but that’s not clear. It helped the ground being so wet-no slipping as your feet sunk in a bit with every step.


Made it to peak 4’624. Lots of good backpacking spots up here, but man is it windy.
Looking west up the next challenge. This would be the toughest climb-again, lots of boulders to find a way through.

Near the top of peak 5,184 there is spots of snow/ice. Much colder up here -40f.


Coyote print?


Made it to the top. 35f and really blasting. Just have to climb up this icy ladder.


I could barely get my hands to work to sign the register.


If I remember the inner register can was red. I am not 100% on that.
Views are nice.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MN2X4FMhBSM&feature=youtu.be



Time lapse as I wait for water to boil.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHdixCo5-DE&feature=youtu.be



Cambells microwavable soup cans make good light(1oz or so) coffee mugs.



Back in Cool Canyon water is flowing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzu9Ekz4Xj8&feature=youtu.be





Great hike. No issues other than I was cramping up pretty bad on the way back. I use Endurolytes Fizz for electrolytes and usually they prevent cramps but this day I still had them bad for a short time.
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Buford
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2/18/2019
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Nice. Looks cold. I was wondering how much ice and snow would be up top.

Last weekend had ice and snow on top of the San Ysidro peaks where it was cold and windy.
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Scooter
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2/18/2019
Scooter
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Looks like a great trip. This morning the Mount LAGUNA HPRREN camera showed Granite covered in snow. I just checked it and it is gone.
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Scooter
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2/18/2019
Scooter
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Ok I am not much of a tech guy.. Google hpwwren cameras. Scroll down to Mount Laguna cameras. There are four camera pictures one for each compass direction N,S,E and W. The north is the first picture on the left. If you zoom in you can see S2 in Mason Valley. Granite Mountain is above the end of S2. If you can figure how to go back to this morning's pictures you will see it covered in snow.
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Scooter
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2/18/2019
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That's it. A little later in the morning the peak is in the sun.
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dsefcik
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2/18/2019
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Nice work!

I used to always carry Succeed! Caps but am now down to just plain 'ol organic, preservative free pink rock salt.

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tekewin
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2/19/2019
tekewin
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A classic route and a difficult one. That was a fun time lapse video. Still trippy to see snow on a desert peak.

The cold might have contributed to cramping. Those endurolytes have all the right ingredients to help, should work as well as any supplement. I think I currently have Nuun tabs and Gu gels.
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Rocko1
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2/19/2019
Rocko1
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dsefcik wrote:
Nice work!

I used to always carry Succeed! Caps but am now down to just plain 'ol organic, preservative free pink rock salt.



Thanks. Do you find the salt alone helps as much as the other product? I don't have issues with cramping until usually at the 4-5hr marks but a tablet or 2 of the fizz usually knocks it out-this time was strange.

tekewin wrote:
A classic route and a difficult one. That was a fun time lapse video. Still trippy to see snow on a desert peak.

The cold might have contributed to cramping. Those endurolytes have all the right ingredients to help, should work as well as any supplement. I think I currently have Nuun tabs and Gu gels.



Thanks-I was hoping to see snow that is why I chose this hike-it did not disappoint! I agree, it was really nice to see how wet/green everything was and the snow near the top was icing on the cake. The huge rocks along the way are really cool. I was in haul butt kind of mode so I didn't get as much time to just explore as I wanted.

Strange man rock


Turtle rock


And a register with a 'nice' gold watch at about 3,373ft.


I didn't see any register or markings on 4,624 or 5,184 but I wasn't looking to hard either.
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ziphius
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2/19/2019
ziphius
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Nice hike! Yes, a coyote track, looks like a hind (more oval than a front). Cramps. Only had them in hot weather once. My recipe is orange juice mixed with water, very dilute. Plenty of potassium in there. Eat a banana or two as well in cold weather with your water.

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dsefcik
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2/21/2019
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Rocko1 wrote:
dsefcik wrote:
Nice work!
I used to always carry Succeed! Caps but am now down to just plain 'ol organic, preservative free pink rock salt.

Thanks. Do you find the salt alone helps as much as the other product? I don't have issues with cramping until usually at the 4-5hr marks but a tablet or 2 of the fizz usually knocks it out-this time was strange.

S! Caps are what I used when I was an active ultra runner and is considered to be the best "salt tablet" for endurance athletes, I personally would recommend it without hesitation. I generally do not have cramping issues though and find that for hiking and other recreational activities regular salt works fine for me. Each person is different and should find what works best for them, some people have huge cramping problems and may need more electrolytes than others.

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dsefcik
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2/21/2019
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Rocko1 wrote:
Thanks. I hear you. I am going to give it a shot. What do you mix the sea salt with-just water?

No mix, just put the salt in your mouth and enjoy guilt free...will usually also dump a bunch in with ramen soup for dinner.

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rockhopper
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2/22/2019
rockhopper
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Great trip report and photos. Granite mountain ,Oriflamme and Chariot canyon area is a fantastic area for exploring and lot's of history too. Climbing thru the Eco zones and temperature changes are pretty remarkable. I went back and looked at my photos from 1990. It took me THREE times to summit Granite Peak. Pushed back twice by rain and snow storms.Thanks for sharing.
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