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Rabbit, Villager and Rick Kent sighting, 31-Jan-2009

 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 1:18 pm    Post subject: Rabbit, Villager and Rick Kent sighting, 31-Jan-2009  Reply with quote

Joined Ze and his group to hike Rabbit and Villager yesterday. I originally intended to only hike to Villager but somehow got talked into going all way to Rabbit again. Now I remember why I didn't want to go. What a brutal hike. The main difficulty is the terrain, which is incredibly rocky. Other than that, it was a nice day with clear skies and very clear views. There was only a slight breeze and the temps were mostly mild.

We started at 5:15am and finished just a little before 7pm. I few of us camped near the trailhead the night before. It was pretty cool to sleep under the stars with just a tarp and a sleeping bag, although I kept having visions of coyotes surrounding us, ready to pounce. None of us got any meaningful sleep.

About 90 minutes into the hike, we stopped for a rest and out nowhere came a solo hiker moving pretty fast. He stopped to say hello and said he was headed to Rabbit. It's pretty rare to see a solo hiker dayhiking to Rabbit of all places, so some of us theorized it was Rick Kent. But we weren't sure, so for the rest of hike we kept thinking of ways to verify if was him (i.e. is he running the trail? Is he taking a lot of pictures? Is he eating brazil nuts?). We didn't see him again until after returning from Rabbit and turns out it was Rick Kent and he went to Rosa Point before moving on to Villager and Rabbit.

I'm not sure whether it was just a coincidence or he was sneaking up on us like with Kevin's group, but it made for some interesting conversation that day. Most of the people in our group didn't know who he was, but when we explained the kind of hikes he does, they refered to him as "crazy hiker dude." Very Happy






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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

here's my TR

Tim really wanted to go to Rabbit, don't lie!  Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice TR's guys. You say you camped near the trail head. Why not at the trail head? I thought there was ample space to car camp at the trail head.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just to get away from the noise of cars passing by. there's a dirt road heading south opposite of the trailhead which has some good flat spots a few hundred yards away
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those pictures are beautiful - really clear.  Congrats on Bagging Rabbit.  Rabbit is a long haul but the Santa Rosas are beautiful, so it's well worth the effort.  I'd like to do the hike again sometime from the Coachella Valley near Oasis/Valerie Jean instead of going over Villager.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ze,

It was nice running into you guys! Looks like we got down at similar times.  I wasn't sure my descent route worked all that well.

I put a report up here:

http://www.mtsanjacinto.info/viewtopic.php?t=1271

-Rick
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah I don't know if you ever read this TR: http://www.gpsmountaineering.com/rabbitandvillagerpeaks

If you haven't, I guess I should have mentioned that the descent down the west side seemed to be more of a pain that it's worth!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 7:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Rabbit, Villager and Rick Kent sighting, 31-Jan-2009 Reply with quote

Nice TR
Tim wrote:
.. some of us theorized it was Rick Kent. (i.e. is he running the trail? Is he taking a lot of pictures? Is he eating brazil nuts?)
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice work.

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