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10/1/2005 Mt Chamberlin - South Wall aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Support Team:Clinton Bauder, Mark Weitz
Visibility: 30' - 60' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 52F - 49F Surge:  
Max Depth: 196FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:50/25,O2
Backgas Config: LP80Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
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BAUE chartered the Escapade for a tech trip down to Yankee Point Area to to dive the South Wall on Mt. Chamberlin. On our drive to Monterey there was really thick fog and one big accident on 101 heading north. The weather forecast was not the best either with strong wings and medium size swells. So the morning was not looking too promising.

We got to the boat ramp at 8:00am and I was surprised not to see the Escapede at the dock. We chatted for a while and started transporting our gear down to the dock. A few minutes later JimC showed up with his boat and before we started loading gear he said he wanted to talk to us. It was beginning to sound like a no-go. He drove south early in the morning and the fog was really thick all the way to Lobos and Yankee Pt. We discussed the options for the day and after a democratic election and some recalls we decided to go out for a recreational dive and see if the fog would lift. If it did we would go out and do the tech dive as the second dive. Reverse profile ;-)

We were enveloped in a thick fog bank on the ride down to Carmel, but as we neared the Outer Pinnacle we finally started to see the coast-line :-). By the time we got to Lobos the fog was high in the sky and the swells were minimal so we headed for Yankee Point. We started seeing pods of Risso dolphins as we rode further south. Once we got to Mt Chamberlin there were two fishing boats, one big and one small, working the exact location of the wall where we'd hoped to dive. I guess it's not that big a secret after all ;-). The big fishing boat was not anchored and it had a lot of fishing lines hanging off of it. We decided it was not a good idea to put divers in the water with fog and a live fishing boat so we called the dive and headed towards the back side of Lobos to dive El Paso. As we moved on to Lobos we looked back at the area we wanted to dive, and to our surprise we saw the big boat moving away :-). We watched for a few minutes and headed back to the vacant dive site :-). (Vacant except for the small pod of Rissos hanging out there.)

Martin and Parker, and Sue and myself were in the first group. We had selected the descent location at the north end of a small canyon that starts at the base of the wall and runs north from there. As we reached the anchor line at about 170ft we saw the canyon, and visibility was about 50ft with quite a lot of light getting down there :-). Jack pot!!!! Sometimes it pays not to give up .....

Susan's team headed south toward the wall and half way there we found a very nice swim through, maybe 40ft long. The swim through had all kinds of invertebrates on it, including some really nice deep water polyqueta worms. As we reached the end of the swim thru it went up and out over a nice window shaped structure.

We swam to the start of the wall and looked down from about 200ft. It went down another 40-50ft. There were all kind of rockfish on the wall including some really big vermillion and some black colored lincods. The only other ones I've seen that color were at the Farallons. We also saw some shoe-size white nudribranches.

After a way too short time we headed back and met Martin and Parker at the anchor-line and called the dive.

At 70ft stop we meet Clinton and MarkW who were doing support for us and enjoyed all the jellies and blue rockfish in the water for the rest of our deco.

No cameras on this dive :-(, but you can have a look at the little 3d view of the wall.

The second dive was at Butterfly House where visibility was variable btwn 0-20ft. It's amazing how different the water conditions were from Yankee Pont to Carmel. Susan found a nice big wolf eel :-), and there were some really nice hydrocorals. We spent quite a lot of time looking at stiletto shrimps inside them and some baby sculpins.

As one of the founders use to say used ..... 'Grand day out'!
9/30/2005 McAbee by David Macheel -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: chris goff
Visibility: 5' - 20' Time:11:40 AM
Temp: 52F Surge:  
Max Depth: 45FSW Avg Depth: 40FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Single LP95Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
After a long layoff due to a root canal(what fun..)my usual buddy and myself hit McAbee for a easy dive. viz very soupy in the shallows, but at the outer edge of the rock fields around 45 ft things opened up nicely.Lots of nice big anemones on the rocks here, big sheep crabs, and we were followed by a harbor seal for about 20 minutes..good stuff.Nothing deep or fancy, but a great day in Monterey!
9/18/2005 The Pit by Devin MacKenzie -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Devin MacKenzie, John Heimann
Visibility: 10' - 50' Time:10:00 AM
Temp:   Surge: 6'
Scooter: Gavin Long Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 190FSW Avg Depth: 140FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double LP104Deco Tanks:AL40,AL80
Deco Profile:
 
It took us ~12-15 minutes from pulling the trigger outside the cove to reach the edge of the pit heading ~320 across the sand. We were in around 190' and the pit was sloping off at a high angle. Vis was good deep and I could see off to say around ~230 depths. The bottom was still smooth but there were long trails of dark organic material along the bottom that looked like were going in to our out of the pit. I could not see any other features, but we were just at the start. We returned picking up some of the reef from the Montana run to our left.
9/10/2005 Aumentos aboard Escapade by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Dionna House, Ian Puleston
Visibility: 10' - 20' Time:2:30 PM
Temp: 53F - 55F Surge: 2'
Max Depth: 70FSW Avg Depth: 50FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double HP100Deco Tanks:AL80
Deco Profile:
 
Diving off the Escapade on an afternoon charter the swells have picked up so we stayed in the Bay. Few BAUE folks and some Aquan Sports instructors and friends heading out to Aumentos Reef and Ericís Pinnacle. The plan was to get some line practice and stage bottle practice. Ian reeled out for the first dive and at the end of the reel did some stage juggling practice and reeled back in. I just practiced switching from a stage to backgas and clipping the bottle to the left d-ring. Frank gave me some different tubing (band) for stowing my hose. With this one, I did feel like I had to wrestle with getting the hose under the rubber band. Vis was nothing spectacular about 15-20ft. I managed to look up and saw a school of Molaís swimming by above us. I got Ianís attention to late though. We did see a few dead or near dead Molaís at that site. We did see a beautiful juvenile tree fish hanging out in a crevice where it is safe. Colors were very vibrant, with orange cup corals in the background. It was sweet!!!

For the second dive at Ericís Pinnacle I got in some reel practice. I wasnít going to go the distance that we went on the first dive, we headed NW to check out some small reefs close by Erikís Pinnacle. Vis was still about 15-20ft We were visited by a large curious sea lion that was managing to visit all the dive teams for a fin tug or two. It was all good. Great opportunity to practice or try out different things. Especially when we all have a sense of humor with some mistakes. ;-).

9/3/2005 E3 aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Support Team:Mark Weitz
Visibility: 20' - 30' Time:10:00 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Max Depth: 190FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:20 Total Time: 1:20
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
On saturday Sue and I were on the Escapede for the BAUE chartered trip. They initial plan was to dive at Mt. Chamberlin, the south wall and then Step2. However, as we approached the Yankee Point area the swell and winds were big enough that we had to abort and head for some protection in the E3 area.

We were part of the first two teams that got in the water. Susan and I, and Clinton and Gina C. We scootered down the anchor line and got to the top of the pinnacle after a couple of min. Once at the top of the pinnacle I remembered why this place was called E3. There were many Elephant Ear sponges of all sizes and shapes. Together with red gorgonias it made for a amazing scene.

Susan and I scootered around the pinnacles while looking at all the vermillion and big lingcods. We saw several gorgonias with
simnias on them.

The gorgonias seen to have more invertebrates living on them that what I recall. Although I haven't been here in 6 to 8 months. We saw a couple of small brittle stars on the gorgonias.

Vis was 20-30ft but it was a bit dark. I was trying to look for some old cement blocks I saw in there a while ago but could not locate them. I'm wondering how they got there???

Once our 20min were over we heading for the top of pinnacle and locate the anchor line, and we could see Clinton and Gina on their way to us.

The deco part of the dive was a lot of fun as there were many E. Y jellies in the area, and a lot of them have small pilot fish on them. We saw one with 6 to 8 little fish :-). Susan and I stayed close to the anchor line using the scooters to stay in position. I would have like to scooter btw of the jellies but vis was not that great and i didn't want to get separate from the boat.

Second dive was Ball Buster as the ocean was rough and we needed to be back by 3:30. While looking for a fin that Gina lost we ran into a nice pinnacle south-east of BB which had a lot of rock-fish. It almost like the fish know to stay away from BB. Smart fish ;-).

Nice day of diving.
8/28/2005 Montana by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Martin McClellan, Alberto Nava
Visibility:   Time:11:30 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Scooter: Gavin Long Burn Time: 1:00
Max Depth: 150FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:30 Total Time: 1:45
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:50/25,O2
Backgas Config: Double LP95Deco Tanks:AL80
Deco Profile:
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Martin was down here for some fun diving at Lobos. We have tried to get him out to Montana at least 3 times in the last few months but weather has not cooperate until this past Sunday.

Susan, Martin and myself met at Lobos at 9:00, well 9:30am, and it was a perfect day. No swell, no wings, good visibility and blue sunny sky. There were a lot of locals at Point Lobos: Chuck and Linda, Russ and Randy from Light & Motion and many others so we chatted for a while before starting out dive. There we 5 scooter at Lobos!!

I wanted to take my camera to video some of those E.Y jellies that are in the area. However, after going th the dive objective I left my camera in the car. The objective was to give Martin an overview of the area and Susan some more practice with navegation to Montana and doing some reeling with the scooter. Soon we'll have a good team that can get there while I just concentrate on +-db, f stops and others ;-). We scooters for about 15min before getting to 80ft. Vis at 90ft was a least 50ft. The water column was filled with E.Y jellies everywhere. At some locations we had at least 8 of them separates 20ft from each other. Amazing view. Some of them had little fish inside, and some of them were been eating by rockfish. We scootered from 80ft to 140ft and we took our time to show Martin some of the navegation aid we used to get there. The little sea pens sand passages, the cross-road pinnacle, the weird metal object on the sand, and finally the last rock before montana. From there we ran a reel for 150ft to get to the south of the pinnacle. I'm always amazed with the side of the walls and how much life is in there. We saw a pretty nice Dinora Albolineata (firs time of the season) and some other big nudribrances. On the way back we cleaned a bunch of old line that was on the south area, and Susan did a great job reeling the line back to the little pinnacle. We need to get a photo of that metal block to try to identify it. During the deco we observed quite a lot of juv fish inside the cove. We saw a very nice 1.5 in Cabezon :-). All in all a great diving day :-)
8/27/2005 Pt Lobos by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Anibal Mata-Sol, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 20' - 50' Time:11:00 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Max Depth: 77FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:17
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double AL80Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Visibility at Lobos Point Lobos has been really good in the last couple of weeks. For that reason Anibal and myself went down to Point Lobos for some simple diving with our scooters.

Each one of us had a stage with 32% and 32% on our doubles. Anibal had 80LP and I had a "spare" set of AL80 doubles that I want to test. I put a big 11lbs V weight on those thing to make them neutral. This are supposed to be the DIR ocean tanks so wanted to try them ....

We scooters to middle reef, then granite point and finally to the kelp forest on the East side of Granite Point. This is a great area with a very dense Kelp canopy with makes the area dark. There are a lot of invertebrates under the kelp including some of the best hydrocoral in the reserve.

Visibility was 50-60ft at the best and not less than 30ft under the dark kelp.

We saw a really big Cabezon on the north coner of granite point. I think it leaves in there.

We turned around based on time after 30min. The area we turned around had some great terrain with a 40ft tall wall full of sponges and hydrocorals. Next time we need to go there with some cameras...

Anibal said this was his 3rd best dive in this area and the best thing is we didn't need any He and it was a non deco dive :-).

Once we run out of He this is going to be a very popular dive ;-).
8/21/2005 Pt Lobos by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 25' - 70' Time:3:00 PM
Temp:   Surge:  
Scooter: Gavin Long Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 80FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double AL80Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
While I was supposed to stay home Sat/Sun resting and taking care of our little dog, the report of amazing visibility force me to go diving on Sunday ;-) Susan and I went to Point Lobos for a late afternoon dive. We started our dive at about 3:00pm. Pretty decent for a easy Sunday. Visibility at the Cove was only about 25-30ft but once we got to the sand channel and beyond the visibility open to 50-70ft. It's pretty amazing to dive in there with such a good visibility. You can see all the reefs, rocks and sand patches and it give you a pretty good idea of the navegation patterns and aids in the area. We met Mike and Josh for some power light show and then headed for Granite Point Wall. We stopped to play with Jellies on the way, and spent some times videos some of the nice Hydrocoral in that area. Later on we headed to a very nice kelp bed that's East of Granite Point. It's a very nice experience to scooter or swim under that really thick kelp which make the area dark but still have a lot of sun light penetrating from the canopy. After 60min of fun we headed back to the Cove. I'm glad we went diving after all.

Here are some images.
8/20/2005 Rubicon Wall, Tahoe by Martin McClellan -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Scott Ekkelboom, Martin McClellan, Dave Payne
Visibility: 40' - 40' Time:3:59 PM
Temp: 48F - 64F Surge:  
Scooter: Gavin Long Burn Time: 2:00
Max Depth: 110FSW Avg Depth: 60FSW
Bottom Time: 1:00 Total Time: 1:55
Bottom Gases: 30/30Deco Gases:O2
Backgas Config: Double LP95Deco Tanks:AL80
Deco Profile:
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Our dive took us out from the swim beach at Bliss State Park to the sand roll over (sand wall) at about 15' to begin an easterly scooter to the wall about 1500 feet on a bearing of about 90 degrees. After a short 12 minute scoot, we hit the wall, dropped to 80', and began our journey along the wall at between 100' - 110'. We traveled on a 30/30 AL80 stage for 36 minutes and then switched to our back gas of 30/30 for the return trip to the beginning of the wall and then our scooter back between 30 and 20' doing our O2 time just below the sand roll over at 15' and then a nice swim (scooters off) in underneath all the beer drinking boat traffic from the sand wall to the beach (a bearing of just about due south).

The Rubicon Wall is an impressive underwater granite cliff with all sorts of great unique geologic sights. Not much life but occasionally a big trout or macinaw. The wall waves in and out, runs for over a mile and there are some granite pinacles (albeit small) in a couple of spots along the way. One sees lots of abandoned boat anchors, anchor lines, fishing lures, downrigger weights and fishing line (watch this hazzard closely!).

The trip to the wall is a bit nerve wracking because of the boaters but if you start early you are better off. Leaving the beach, you scoot just about north to 15'(about 500' out) where there is a sand edge rolling down to some huge depths. You follow this natural navigation aid for between 12 and 15 minutes (nothing but sand, some shoes, shirts, towels, underwear...the usual Tahoe debris from the alert boaters above)and then you hit the start of the wall which is a bunch of boulders, huge boulders, and then the wall. The visibility right now is not really good as the algae bloom seems to be staying shallow where usually it migrates to the colder deeper water.

This is one of my favorite sites at Tahoe.
8/19/2005 Breakwater by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Suzanne Baird
Visibility: 35' - 40' Time:11:00 AM
Temp: 54F - 55F Surge: 2'
Max Depth: 55FSW Avg Depth: 50FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:15
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double HP100Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Was able to break away for a friday dive with Suzanne. Went out to try and locate the Barge. We were not able to find it, however, I got some good reel practice. We also had some fun interactions with a comerant bird that started to chew on my line while reeling in. Kinda reminded me of what my parrot would have done. It was funny, but, was worried that he would have gotten himself tangled. He Broke Free!!! I managed to lose my knife to Neptune. If found, it is a Black Remora Knife. Should be along the wall some where. Very relaxing way to start the wonderful weekend of good diving conditions

Saturday, I introduced Mark Lloyd from Holland to Northern California Diving at its best. He has not been in the water for 4 months, so, wanted to break him in. ;-) Kreshimir joined us. We toured the wall with hopes to find my lost knife and the second cinderblock. Wasn't successful with our findings, but, we sure had fun with the sealions and once again, some fun interactions with the comerant bird.

The second dive on Saturday was again with Mark Lloyd and Susan Bird joined us. We swam out along the wall and started to reel out to locate the barge underwater. While reeling out we had sealions come and play with us. In fact one of them seemed to have been rather fond of Mark. Either that, or just welcoming him to Northern California. Conditions were very nice. Although we were not able to find the barge, it was sure fun watching the sealions dart at us and meandering through the kelp forest on the way back along the wall. Ahhhhhh!!!

Great weekend of diving and great company!

Scooters would have been nice to have on our Barge journey!!!

Can't wait for next weekend.

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