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11/22/2008 Wall Street by Gary Banta -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Gary Banta, Nick Radov
Visibility: 5' - 70' Time:11:30 AM
Temp: 52F - 52F Surge: 6'
Max Depth: 108FSW Avg Depth: 90FSW
Bottom Time: 1:15 Total Time: 1:35
Bottom Gases: 30/30Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
1,15,6 UP
 
Nick and I went scootering at Lobos on Saturday. Since neither of us participated in the Thumbs Up project we aimed to make our first-ever Thumbs Up visit, extending some scooter exploration that Matt and I did recently. We navigated easily to Thumbs Up and made a full circuit much quicker than our plan. So we decided to explore the western reaches of the structure that forms the larger "peninsula" where Thumbs Up is located. What we discovered was a stunning site worthy of return trips by scooter or boat.

The NW running wall that bounds the peninsula near Thumbs Up is a gentle rocky slope with very little of interest. But as you move NW the gentle slope falls away and becomes vertical and in many places deeply undercut. The tops are at about 80 feet and the bottom of the walls are about 130 - 150. Each face has sheer sides like a building and are well decorated. On our visit, the viz was spectacular so we could see each "building" positioned like on a street. Of course we wer hanging midway up the side of the buildings. We continued NW until we reached the tip of the peninsula before turning the dive. I've added the site to the BAUE list as "Wall Street" and created a 3D view:

http://www.baue.org/locations/maps/104.jpg

For an overhead map find Thumbs Up on the Pt Lobos Underwater Maps. The site is just outside of the park on the wall facing Montana. Keep in mind, the website map needs to be rotated 15 degrees CCW to reflect magnetic orientation.

http://www.baue.org/lobos_maps/index.php

Now that we've made it to the "corner" I am curious to see what is around the corner!