On Saturday, July 19, 2008 Peter & Ignacia Doggett and Bill Simpson led an HPS
group to six peaks in the San Jacinto Wilderness. We took the first tram from
Palm Springs and began walking promptly at 8:20am with Peter in the lead.
Scouting Cornell & Jean on Friday helped Peter to routefind swiftly and
directly up a gully. By 9:30am we had arrived at the top of Cornell Peak.
<! -- Twenty-five minutes were spent climbing above the register via a vertical crack
and white chock stone rock wedged within it; and, taking photos of the views &
group. --> Unknown to the rest of the group, Cornell Peak was Peter's 3,500th HPS
At the end of our descent from Cornell to the vally below, we encountered
another HPS group led by Ted Lubeshkoff and Wayne Vollaire. After greetings
and some information sharing, Ignacia led the group up through a beautiful
meadow and up the slope toward the saddle north of Jean Peak. At 11:45am we
reached the top of Jean Peak and enjoyed a 30 minute lunch.
Bill Simpson navigated the way to Marion making such good time that Ignacia
wondered aloud whether we were really there already. At 1:10pm we reached
Marion Mtn. & our entire group climbed the chimney to the summit. Added to
the pleasure of rocks to climb and vistas to observe, was the tremendous
comradery of this group - ready to give an assist, quipping, joking, laughing
and expressing appreciation of their experience.
With Peter in the lead we hiked through the wilderness of trees and rocks over
to Drury Peak, arriving at 2:12pm and celebrating Brian Mason's 100th peak.
Good job, Brian! The celebration could have continued another half hour, but
we needed to keep moving. Clouds had begun to gather and the leaders had an
aversion not only to finishing in the dark, but also to coming out wet &/or
From the saddle east of Drury, Ignacia headed the group on a straight line to
the saddle east of Folly Peak (finding the way around brush & large rocks and
steadily gaining elevation). The summit waas reached at 3:30pm and with the
clouds looking less threatening, we took another long break. A few in the
group were feeling weary, but true to their character, they pushed on strongly,
following Bill around and up boulders to arrive at San Jacinto Peak at 4:30pm.
Following a substantial break, Peter hustled the group back cross-country
through Tamarack Valley & the Sid Davis Drainage, to reach the tram at 7:52pm.
Throughout the day we hiked at a BRISK Pace, but we took rather long breaks at
several of the summits to enjoy the rock challenges, lunch and a 100th Peak
Party. The participants included: Brian Mason, Christine Soskins, Michael
Dougherty, Lyn Dyer, Don Croly, Virginia Shackleford & Sylvia Swinford. The
three leaders took turns leading the group and we noticed that the group
behaved superbly throughout the long, strenuous hike. Everyone was focused,
positive, helpful and agreeable. It was a great day!