On Saturday (12-15), I led a group from Meetup.com to the summit of White Rock Hills Peak. We ascended the southern route to the summit and descended via Surprise Canyon, making the hike a round trip. I believe everyone had a good time. There were a few tense moments during the descent as we crossed a dry fall covered in ice (See the photo to the left). Without the strap, I don't think we could have made it across the ice.
We had great weather for the middle of December. Richard brought a new container for the sign-in book. Here's a slide show of the hike.
Sunday (12-16), we hiked to Magic Mountain and Crabby Appleton Peak. This is a great winter hike. Being east facing, the route is normally snow and ice free during the winter months. The Magic Mountain route is one of the wildest routes in Red Rock. With tunnels, slots, and an exposed traverse, the route twists and turns to the summit. I filmed yesterday's hike and will edit a version for the web site soon. Ed and Luba donated a new container for the sign-in book. Both of the containers at these peaks are now in good shape.