Participants: Patrick McCurdy, Tom Mahood
General search area: Park Blvd. to easterly portions of the area between Quail Mountain and Smith Water Canyon
Rationale for searching this area:
It was our intent to cover some of this area on JT23, but then like a dumb ass I injured myself and we cut that search effort short. In addition, there were several scattered zones of Serin Drive cell tower coverage in this general area (but not shown on the exhibit below). Previous searching had been limited to one team late during the initial search, and then only down a single canyon. Distance from these cell zones to the Serin Drive tower was on the order of 12 miles, so it was somewhat close to the magic 10.6 mile mark.
Impressions of area and findings: Mixed terrain, varying between open to convoluted and rocky. We generally stayed on ridgelines and slopes, looking down into canyons.
Coverage level: Moderate, perhaps to the 75% level.
Not only did we see a nice herd of Bighorn sheep as we began our ascent later we also came across a nice Bighorn skull. Over the years I’ve developed a rule of thumb that when I see Bighorns, it’s an indication I’m really in the middle of nowhere. But then I guess I already sorta knew that at this point.
GPS mileage submitted for this trip: 15.4 miles
Cumulative GPS mileage submitted to date: 378.5 miles
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