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Old 09-18-2009, 04:13 PM   #1
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Default 9/18/2009 Mount Chamberlin aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava

9/18/2009 Mount Chamberlin aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View in Reports Page]

Bottom Team:Joakim Linde, Dionna House, Mark Lloyd
Visibility:30' - 50'Time:10:30 AM
Temp:48F - 51FSurge:10'
Max Depth:225FSWAvg Depth:180FSW
Bottom Time:0:40Total Time:1:40
Bottom Gases:15/65Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Out on the Escapade this morning for a T2 dive with Joakim, Dionna and MarkL. This was Joakim first post T2 class dive and MarkL and Dionna one year anniversary as T2 divers. To celebrate all these events we decided on the Mt. Chamberlin South Loop.

We dropped the hook at about 200ft on the West size of the Mountain, and motored North for a little bit until we found a large Rat Fish. Good find Mark!

From there we headed South-West following the structure and looking at the marine life. We found a nice basket star, some large nubribranches and some large vase sponges. A very large one was deeper than what we want to venture.

At the South-West corner of the Mountain there was a huge school of juveniles fish. Not sure what kind, maybe rock-fish. This was like tropical diving inside a big bait-ball. Dionna was hoping a dolphin or whale would stop by, but, no luck this time. We watched them do several loops and spins were done in/out of the school, and it was amazing to see the fish move as the divers when in and out of the fish cloud.

After about 20min at the bottom we headed to 150 while swimming th some narrow canyons and cracks, and from there we headed torwards K2 pinnacle.

At 120ft we reached the East wall of K2 and looked down at the drop. Way cool!

We continued for another 10min motoring around K2 peak. There was a large school of rock-fish at the top, and going around the 100-80ft peak went from not moving at all while scooter to full blast when the swells and current lined up. All the kelp at the pinnacle was horizontal which was a good sign of strong current and that our time at the pinnacle as over.

Visibility was 40-60ft. Much better than anticipated based on what the bay and Carmel were doing.

Here is a link to the route we took during the dive.

All in all a great dive with great divers :-)



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