02-22-2009, 04:46 PM
GUEF, Tech1, Tech2, Cave1, Cave2, Rebreather, Instructor, DPV1
Join Date: Jun 2008
2/21/2009 Dos Gatos aboard Escapade by Robert Lee
2/21/2009 Dos Gatos aboard Escapade
by Robert Lee -- [View in Reports Page]
|Bottom Team:||Robert Lee, Allison Lee|
|Visibility:|| ||Time:||12:00 AM|
|Temp:|| ||Surge:|| |
|Scooter:||X-scooter||Burn Time:|| |
|Max Depth:||160FSW||Avg Depth:||150FSW|
|Bottom Time:|| ||Total Time:||1:10|
|Bottom Gases:||21/35||Deco Gases:||EAN50 |
|Backgas Config:||Double LP104||Deco Tanks:||AL80 |
|After getting blown out for a few weeks, it was nice to have fairly calm conditions for the Feb. tech boat. Light winds were out of the S/E, with minimal swell which made for a flat ride down to the Yankee pt. area. After a fair amount of discussion, we decided on a site that I had some numbers for near Flintstones that we had not been to before.|
Allison and I were first off the boat and we quickly got ourselves organized and down the line. After checking and moving the anchor, we started in on our dive. We were anchored on the south side of the pinnacle and started exploring it clockwise. It didn't quite match up with what I remembered from the sonar maps, but it was nice. there was impressive structure as the pinnacle itself looked like it bottomed out around 180' or so; I kept scanning below for vase sponges. We followed the pinnacle around to the north side where we ran into Clinton and Nick. After some discussion, we decided to leave the main pinnacle and scooter north where we found a second pinnacle.
After a few minutes there, a fair number of rockfish started gathering around us and playing with our bubbles. We found a really nice canyon on the eastern-side of the pinnacle with some very nice topography and a large number of gorgonians lining the walls. All too soon, it was time to call the dive on time. While we were both thinking that following that pinnacle around would take us back to the start point, we didn't want to chance it with that many teams in the water. We doubled back and pretty soon were back on the main pinnacle and saw several sets of HID lights.
Deco was uneventful, and we drifted with John/Matt/Mark for the entire way up.
After some careful thought, we named the new site (with the twin pinnacles) "Dos Gatos". The name is also somewhat fitting as we always manage to explore new sites when Kevin is not around.
Second dive at Outer Pinnacles, and lunch (for some) at Baldemiros.
Here is a map of the site.