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Sunday, July 01, 2007

San Gorgonio: 11,502 ft. Barefoot Up Huarache Down

Me, Larry and Jeff: Summit of San Gorgonio

Headstand on the Summit

One Hemp and One Leather Huarache with 6mm Vibram

Coming down in huaraches

What a great climb. Barefoot runner Larry Miquelon of Moreno Valley, CA invited me to climb Mt. San Gorgonio, the highest peak in Southern California, with him and his son Jeff. He had recently purchased some huarache kits and was eager to test them on a real mountain run.

Spent the night Friday, got up early Saturday and headed for the South Fork Trail. On the way to the trail, we ran into
Angeles Crest 100 veteran Angel Perez running along the highway and said hello.

From parking lot to summit is 11.6 miles. Larry and I went up barefoot.
Barefooting is much easier than it seems when going up, even steep rocky trails. We both summitted barefoot. It took 4 hours to make it to the top.

Coming down we switched into
huaraches. As you can imagine, we got interesting comments and questions both ways.


PS. Read about my barefoot climbs of Mt. Whitney, tallest mountain USA (except Alaska) click here.

Mt. San Gorgonio, tallest peak in Southern California, 11.502 ft. (3,505 meters)

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