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.)

2 Comments so far

  1. Bradley Allen (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 8:02 pm

    Wow. Those are the very same system of trails that I know best.

    Not to harsh on those people, but I wish fools would stick to the trails… instead of wondering off them and messing up the land (and themselves).

    Thank heavens for rescue dogs! Hopefully they’ve learned a valuable lesson in nature conservation. :-)

  2. tom (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 11:07 pm

    Hi, just wanted to let y’all know about my hiking blog at http://tommangan.net/twoheeldrive … I’m based in San Jose and post comments, links and pictures most weekdays at the sites. Weekends, I hike. Stop by if you’ve got a moment. We covered the lost Castle Rock hikers in some detail, but we managed to refrain from wisecracks about the french, though the temptation was mighty strong.

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