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11/3/2007 Outer Pinnacles aboard Escapade by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Mark Lloyd, Dionna House
Visibility: 45' - 60' Time:9:30 AM
Temp: 50F - 52F Surge: 5'
Max Depth: 92FSW Avg Depth: 55FSW
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Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
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Every dive there is something new - this one on the Escapade at the Pinnacle proper was great FUN!!! The water was very blue and the kelp was lying down awaiting the frolic and comic.

The first dive was great swimming through the canyons and going down right and left passageways and coming back to the anchor line. Mark and I did some juggling practice and all went okay. We came up laughing and smiling from the crazy upward and downward surge that kept us from staying in the 2ft window. Wow - hard to be able to evaluate that one if we have up and downward surge to contend to. It was still fun!!! And great to be underwater with the Sea Nettles and the beautiful kelp

Jim moved the boat to the Outer Pinnacles. Yes, this spot is very omen for Mark and I after today\'s dive. We jumped in and were able to descend near the stern of the boat. The vis was so great we were able to see the anchor line from the bow. With all the kelp near by, we had to be very careful with entangling all the bottles clipped to us. Once again there were canyons and passage way just like the first dive. Okay \"the fun begins\" time to juggle with cold hands and no dexterity. Instead of unclipping the butt end of the stage, I unclipped the 02 bottle. Doh!! Okay.. I can just bring the bottle around and hold it on my rightside, hopefully Mark will not go out of gas. Bouyancy and trim are okay. With my left hand I unclipped the stage and clipped it to the leash. At least I thought it was clipped to the leash. I moved the stage back and thought, \"hey aren\'t I slick\". But something didn\'t feel right. I brought the leash forward to notice that the stage was not there. I looked up to watch my stage rocketing up to the surface. Doh!!! I gave the thumbs to Mark and he thumbed me back. I thought: I didn\'t need that stage anyways, and where are the support divers when you need them??? ;-). I rolled myself upside to look to see where it went as Mark and I were making our ascent. Knowing it is up there somewhere, I rolled myself again to notice John and Clinton delivering my stage to me. I clipped it to me and gave them both a wave of thanks. . But where is my hot latte to warm my hands??? They both had big grins on their faces. What wonderful BAUE brother I have!!!! Oh yikes!! I thought ...they\'re going to give me heat for this on the boat. I started laughing. Okay back to the dive. Since we are obviously not at the anchor line and there was no current, I shot the bag and up we came. Kicking and laughing the whole way back to the boat. yes.. that stage on the surface is mine. Despite all this, Mark and I have improved... ;-)

Really great diving and having fun!!!!

Thanks to Jim Capwell and his wonderful crew.