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4/18/2009 Dos Gatos aboard Escapade by Robert Lee -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Robert Lee, Kevin Dow, Allison Lee
Visibility: 100' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 44F Surge:  
Scooter: X-scooter Burn Time: 0:20
Max Depth: 170FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 0:30
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP104Deco Tanks:AL80
Deco Profile:
 
With the forecast looking decent for the weekend tech charter, I started plotting ways to steer the boat back to Dos Gatos. Allison and I wanted to explore the area a little more, and Kevin hadn't been out there before.

As we neared Pinos, it became clear that the swell was a little bigger than I had anticipated. Being troopers, we slogged our way down the coast and before long found ourselves anchored on the site :-)

The plan was to go down and head for the 2nd peak, round it clockwise and explore the large crack of gorgonians we had found a month or 2 ago. As we dropped off the back of the boat, it was clear that it was going to be exceptional. There was no current anywhere, and the water was exceptionally blue. We met up at the anchor line after retrieving scooters, etc.. and after a quick bubble check at 15', I looked down and could see the reef. I was momentarily worried that we were anchored on the wrong spot, as the very top of the reef was only supposed to be 100' or so, but the viz was really *that* good.

We started scootering clockwise and soon jumped off of the main reef N-ish. We paused for 10min or so on a deeper patch of reef around 170' that was heavily decorated with the usual sponges, gorgonians etc... before continuing.

We never did find the spot we were looking for, but it was fun exploring the area. We ended up hitting several pinnacles to the N/NW, before heading W. There is a ton to explore out here. While I definitely squandered the opportunity from a photography point of view, it was really really fun to tour the area on the trigger in that kind of viz :-)

Pretty soon, we decided it would be a good idea to head back, and so we started back on trigger and several minutes later, found ourselves back on the main site that we had originally left. Off in the distance, I could see the HID lights of Matt and John about 30' above us as they had already started their deco. We spent the last 5 minutes or so of our BT working our way up the peak before heading up.

I really love this site; it is easily as nice as areas of Mt. Chamberlin (in my mind anyway). On the scooter ride back to the main pinnacle, we passed over quite a few deeper peaks (180-200+) that deserve further consideration :-)

Deco was cold, but we did have lots of deco critters to keep us company :-/

Pictures here