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Old 11-17-2008, 12:09 PM   #1
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Default 11/14/2008 Outer Outer Pinnacles aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by Robert Lee

11/14/2008 Outer Outer Pinnacles aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by Robert Lee -- [View in Reports Page]

Bottom Team:Robert Lee, Allison Lee, Kevin Dow
Visibility: Time:12:00 AM
Scooter:X-scooterBurn Time: 
Max Depth: Avg Depth:150FSW
Bottom Time:0:30Total Time: 
Bottom Gases:21/35Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config:Double HP100Deco Tanks:AL80
Deco Profile:
5,3,2,2,3,10,5 up
It had been awhile, but Team Kitty regrouped and headed out oh Phil's RIB for a dive. A warm east wind was blowing and combined with a large long-period swell made the surface conditions a tad sportier than we had expected.

Phil suggested that instead of the usual Yankee Pt. fare, or the "D and E series" of Lobos pinnacles, that we head up to Outer Outer Pinnacles (or Lunaticos as some call it). We dropped into a fairly brisk current but were easily able to use the scooters to get up to the anchor line to regroup. It was immediately apparent that the conditions were going to be excellent, as we dropped into extremely clean, blue water. We hit the reef at about 130' and started to wander around. At one point, Kevin and I shot through an archway/swimthrough at 160' on the scooters. I have to say, one shouldn't be allowed to have that much fun :-)

Not far from our drop point, we found a ridge with 8 or 9 large vase sponges in about 160-170'. After some discussion about whether to push the planned BT (and thinking better of it), we headed north, put up a bag and started our deco. We deco'd out in cold cold water, but were followed by a school of about 100 blues from stop to stop up to about 30' or 40'.

Some pictures from Lunaticos as well as Lobos the next day here: http://baue.org/images/galleries/v/local/081114/

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