Hiking Dangers, South Bay
Quote from SF Gate article on the couple who lasted 5 days out in the Santa Cruz Mountains:
“I will never make fun of the French again,” said Paladin, referring to Arnaud’s French heritage. “Arnaud was a lot tougher than I thought; he walked out of there in shorts.”
Wow, that’s quite a promise! Funny quote aside, the thing that got me about the article is that the Castle Rock area- Montebello Ridge, Skyline, Stevens Creek Reservoir, Fremont-Older Park, and other great open spaces and parks- were my playground and escape route growing up.
Sister and I “ran away” into the foothills, but farther north- more like Los Altos foothills and Black Mountain, countless times- not for any reason except the evil parental penal system of “having to do the dishes” and “clean your room.” It is rough out there, and Skyline area is high up and gets quite cold in the winter. Mostly our fears when free-hiking (aka, trespassing) were rattlesnakes, mountain lions, and precipitous gulleys and cliffs. I learned to climb there at Castle Rock when I was 13, and even went to a weird shotgun wedding there on one date (no, was not in the wedding). I learned quickly not to underestimate the area- sure it’s hot in the daytime, but like any coastal park, when that sun goes down it gets very, very cold.
Glad those two survived and are OK. Let’s hope a similar story comes out of the missing Kim family– backpacked a lot in the south Oregon coast and it’s not pleasant in winter, either (if they’re there.)