Wed, Feb 20, 2019
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Wee BM previously climbed Fri, Dec 27, 2013|
Rass BM previously climbed Fri, Dec 27, 2013
Inspiration Point later climbed Thu, Feb 21, 2019
After dropping my wife off at the San Diego airport, I headed for Anza-Borrego where I planned to spend the next 5-6 days. Yet another storm was bearing down on the state, slated to begin arriving in the Southland around 1p. I had made no plans for peaks today, figuring I'd wing it as I drove northeast across the county. Not wanting to get caught out for long should it begin to rain in earnest, I was looking for short hikes I could do in less than an hour. All of these easily fit the bill. I got no serious rain during the day though the clouds were quite ominous starting around noon.
It was a few days later when I realized I had already climbed both of these summits. They had seemed familiar at the time, but my GPSr showed them as unclimbed. I realized that a programming error had left all the summits in my database that aren't on LoJ unclimbed. Whether due to age or just the sheer volume of summits, I find it harder to remember where I've been. Good thing I write things down. :-)
On my way out of town heading east on S-22, I took a detour to visit Inspiration Point in the Borrego Badlands south of S-22. It is overshadowed by the slightly higher Fonts Point that lies about 3/4mi south of Inspiration Point. The roads to reach both of these are basically drives up sand washes. The one to Fonts Point is signed at the highway and in better shape that most vehicles can navigate in normal conditions. This road is probably the better choice to reach Inspiration Point too, starting from where it passes within 1/4mi. I used a lesser road that goes within about 1/4mi on the north side of Inspiration Point, much sandier and 4WD recommmended. Where the road goes over the crest and down the other side, one can park and follow the drainage boundary to reach Inspiration Point. While the views are nice, it has no advantages that I could see over Fonts Point, and I'm not really sure how it made it to the USGS maps. After returning to the highway, I drove a few miles further east to the Palo Verde Wash jeep road where I pulled over to spent the night. Patrick and Karl were scheduled to meet me here sometime during the night, for a climb of Marble Peak in the Santa Rosa Mtns the next day. Rain would patter the car's roof and and off during the night. Hopefully not so much rain for the next day...
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