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7/25/2009 Mount Chamberlin aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Joseph (Karl) Haywood, Alberto Nava, Susan Bird
Visibility: 40' - 80' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 46F - 53F Surge: 6'
Max Depth: 247FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:50
Bottom Gases: 15/55Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Last week was a book example of coastal weather pattern during summer. As most of bay-area residents experience very hot conditions, coast residents experience quite a lot of fog. From Monday to Wed there was so much fog in the area that we could not see Monterey from our house in Seaside :-(. This had us worry about the upcoming tech trip on July 25th.

However, on Friday the fog started lifting and by Sat morning it was high in the sky that it did not present a problem for our divers :-). The fog was thick again Sunday morning so I can only understand this as a gift from the gods to BAUE members :-)

For dive 1 we headed to Mt Chamberlin and did the K3 to K2 traverse. The dive starts close to the K3 peak and divers scooter west to the find the west wall of Mt. Chambelin. From there they enjoyed 20min at the bottom and then find the east side of K2 and follow that up on towards the top of the pinnacle.

The west wall goes from 200-280ft and the East side of K2 goes from 180-70ft, making this the perfect multi-level dive :-). You get to see all different types of marine life. From deep water basket-start and red gorgonias, to school of blue rock-fish and sea-lions playing around you on the shallow peaks.

The afternoon trip headed for E3 (E-cube) and enjoyed some nice a relaxed time while checking the marine life in the area.

We have great visibility ranging from 40 to 80ft and there were tons of jellies in the water.

Here are some images from the trip.

Also on the way out we encountered two humpback whales slapping their pectoral fins near the surface. It was amazing to see these huge animals try to remove the barnacles that have attached to their fins. We hanged around for about 10-15min while capt CAP took some photos. Hopefully he will post some images from the surface activity.