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5/17/2014 Twin Peaks by Nick Radov -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Gary Banta, Jon McNeill, Nick Radov
Visibility: 5' - 30' Time:9:52 AM
Temp: 49F - 55F Surge:  
Max Depth: 163FSW Avg Depth: 76FSW
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:36
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:
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After the BAUE tech charter was cancelled due to a high wind forecast I was able to score a Point Lobos reservation and joined up with Gary and Jon. Visibility was decent inside Whaler's Cove but out deeper the water was full of large particles; scootering was like driving through a blizzard and we nearly ran into the rocks a few times. After a bit of searching Gary was able to find the road and took us out to Twin Peaks. There were still a lot of Triopha catalinae around, and we also spotted quite a few Dirona albolineata. My primary light failed right when we reached the main Twin Peaks structure; it seems like the battery pack has a bad cell or broken connection.

Here is a gallery album with a few pictures.
12/6/2013 Twin Peaks by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Gary Banta, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 100' Time:12:00 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Max Depth: 152FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:30 Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
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On Friday I was able to take Gary for a Lobos tour. That's not very easy to do as he knows the area very well
but after getting his T1 rating there was new territory for him to cover. We meet at the parking lot at 9:00am as I had a phone meeting at 12pm, and we quickly gear up and went diving.

The visibility at the cove was not the best but the moment we got to HTW vis opened to about 60ft and we had at least 100ft in the Twin Peaks area. We saw dozens of large lincods. They came in different colors: black, brown and grey. We found a nice basket start and several others nudibranches hanging on the gorgonias.

On the way back we hanged around rock-garden for a large portion of the deco, and we saw a large school of blues and a nice Mola.

Good to be able to take Gary on some new territories ;-), and I was only 10min late to my phone call :-)

4/15/2012 Twin Peaks by John Heimann -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Matt Vieta, John Heimann
Visibility: 10' - 50' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 46F - 50F Surge:  
Scooter: Halcyon T16 Burn Time: 0:40
Max Depth: 174FSW Avg Depth: 150FSW
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:44
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:AL40,AL80
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Matt and I dove Twin Peaks today. Conditions weren't very promising as there was a good sized swell rolling into Monastery in the morning, and seas at Lobos had been so large Saturday that no diving was allowed. Viz wasn't great at the boat ramp, and we put our bottom stage and deco bottles and scooters on the float knowing that we might just have to turn around pull them out again if viz at the Lone Metridium was low. After scootering out to Hole in the Wall on the surface, however, the water temp dropped to 48F, viz opened up and we knew we were in for a good dive. We scootered out along the ridgeline in increasingly cold water and increasingly good viz, and while the water was a painfully cold 46F at the end of Twin Peaks, we had at least 50' of visibility. The difference in conditions from the last time I did this dive was striking - the encrusting barnacles were all gone, replaced with the usual beautiful anemones and sponges. As we had brought bottom stages in addition to our 85s, we were able to spend 25 min or so just swimming around and enjoying the marine life and scenery, before turning the dive and scootering back along the ridgeline, through schools of fish and krill. Especially considering that our expectations for the day were low, we had a really great dive.
8/7/2010 Twin Peaks by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Dionna House, Mark Lloyd
Visibility: 30' - 60' Time:9:30 AM
Temp: 48F - 50F Surge: 2'
Max Depth: 150FSW Avg Depth: 130FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:24
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double HP120Deco Tanks:AL40
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Fortunately Mark picked up a Lobos reservation. The conditions were flat with some slight swell. Lobos was not crowded at all. We decided to adventure out to Twin Peaks. Visibility was BEAUTIFUL!!! Very exciting!! After checking out the wolf eel that lives out at Beto's Reef, we headed north/west to the Road that leads out to Twin Peaks. We spent alot of time swimming around. Saw my favorite Dironas, or should I say huge Dirona. I always thought I had to go to Alaska to see the big stuff. Fun looking in the nukes and crannies. Lots and lots of junvenile rock fish on the reef. Actually saw a juvenile vermillion. Time flys when you are having fun. We went back to Beto's reef and into the cove for an uneventful deco. There was some moderate current out at the 70ft stop though.

Second dive was more adventurous. Finding the caverns in significant surge is sometimes challenging!! All in all, fun day out diving.
5/24/2009 Twin Peaks by Mark Lloyd -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Ian Puleston, Harry Wong, Mark Lloyd
Visibility: 20' - 80' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 48F Surge:  
Scooter: X-scooter Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 158FSW Avg Depth: 76FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:14
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:AL40
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I talked Harry Wong into letting me dive with him, Ian, and Chris at Lobos on Sunday. The plan was to go out to Twin Peaks, spend 15 mins out there poking around and enjoying the area then back in again. We were diving 21/35 and doing our deco on 50%. Harry was on a long body Gavin, Ian was diving a short body, and Chris and I were on X’s. Once we our of the cove the vis opened up quite nicely and once past Beto’s reef we estimated it to be around 70-80′. Since there was no sun up it was a bit dim but you could still make out structures from quite a distance. The team stayed together very well and once we made it out to TP, Harry requested a few ‘fly bys’ for his video shots. Ian and I spotted a number of big Tritonia festiva nudis and the usual rockfish were in the neighborhood. We scootered around the end and headed back in towards the Sisters then over to Betos till we reached our deco depth. After deco we fought our way back through the kelp and back to the boat ramp. Our surface interval consisted of lunch, of course, and chatting to Chris about diving in the LA area. After lunch we decided to do our next dive out to Granite Point Wall. Chris was diving with his wife so it was just Ian, Harry, and me. After arriving at the wall Harry again wanted to some video so I aimed my scooter right at him through a nice rock crevice and attempted to go over the camera. One small problem, his light got in the way… clunk! “Ahead all stop captain”. No damage and a lot of laughing.. we continued on. After we left the wall and were over the sand patch Ian found what looked like a stingray, except it was rock hard. We guessed it was an old whale bone and after playing with that for a while we headed back around to Middle Reef and finished our deco then scootering back in on the surface. Great day of diving, no sun, but can’t have it all.
4/17/2009 Twin Peaks by Harry Wong -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Todd Lasman, Harry Wong
Visibility: 20' - 80' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 45F - 50F Surge:  
Scooter: Gavin Long Burn Time: 0:50
Max Depth: 155FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:AL80
Deco Profile:
Some crystal clear abet cold water diving today at Point Lobos today.

No wonder deco was a bit cold at 45 degrees! I had to dump some gas out of my wing to put a little more in my drysuit to stay warmer, thank goodness for a drysuit and dry gloves!

Monastery Beach looked very calm and divable today too. Driving down the road leading to the parking lot of Whaler's Cove offered a very nice picture of calm waters and a promising dive. A calm Monastery Beach always attracts my attention to go explore the Lobos-Monastery traverse again. But not today, that would be a waster of helium in our tanks.

Todd and I arrived at 8 AM to a parking lot full of divers, quite a surprise for a weekday at Point Lobos. Kevin was helping a group of divers from Southern California get oriented with Lobos, a diver was putting together his inflatable soft boat which looked like way too much work for the portability. Beto was teaching Fundies. It was quite a crowd of divers.

We planned our dive and dove our plan of going out to Twin Peaks, doing some video and a nice relaxing drift deco.

The viz was nice enough in the cove to drop down at the ramp and scooter out underwater and it wasn't long before we got to Beto's Reef where we went west, hitting the Road. In the middle of the Road, we came across a nice school of Olive Rockfish, a first for me and I think I got some good video of them which I'll post later. We passed the Sea Pens and went around Twin Peaks counter-clockwise. Darn, both video lights failed so I relied on the ambient light at 150 feet for my video whch surprisingly came out well for no lights.

Todd led the way, freeing me up to do video. Unfortunately we couldn't spend too much time at Twin Peaks as it was time to turn back. So we followed the road, hitting the Sisters and then back to Beto's Reef.

To prepare for our ascent, we stowed our scooters by locking the trigger, depitching the prop and using the short tow cord to attach the scooter to our crotch D-Ring. We then ascended to 70 feet where we did our gas switch and Todd shot his bag with me running the deco. Beto's Reef below remained clear in sight and I could still see the bottom for most of our ascent!

Things were pretty relaxing, so I pulled out my wetnotes and challenged Todd to a game of Tic-Tac-Toe, which he readily excepted. I started with an X on one corner, he replied with an O in the center. This went on for another couple of turns and I knew that he knew the Tic-Tac-Toe pattern, so of course it ended up in a draw. Next time we'll do Hangman. :-)

There was very little current as I could still see Beto's reef on the ascent and when we came up we were at the mouth of Whaler's Cove out near Bird Rock, wow, so this was where Beto's Reef was in relation to that landmark!

Scootering back on the surface proved too much work with all the kelp so we ducked down 5-10 feet scootering under the beautiful kelp canopy traversing the various skylights of light that would push down into the water in the openings of the canopy where there was no kelp. It was almost surreal. Coming back in, I could easily spot several dive teams in the water and even Beto and Susan in their Fundies class. They had run some line over by Worm Patch for their students whch brought back fond memories my classes with them.

Equipment: doubles, deco bottle, Gavin scooter with mounted video camera.

45 to 50.7 degrees..burr! 90 minutes dive, 30 minute bottom time, 155 feet max depth, visiblity 60' to 80'

Tomorrow should be just as nice! But alas, I'll be at the Bay Area Dive Show in San Jose talking about Sinking A Ship in Monterey.

3/27/2009 Twin Peaks aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by Harry Wong -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Harry Wong, Todd Lasman
Visibility: 80' - 100' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 48F - 50F Surge: 2'
Max Depth: 155FSW Avg Depth: 140FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:AL80
Deco Profile:
Questioning my sanity of even driving down to Point Lobos with a forecast of 8-12 feet with 10 second intervals, Todd was hot to go, so I tagged along anyway.

Getting to Lobos, looking out over the bluff was no more revealing as there was fog in near the cove, but it was burning off, but still pretty choppy. What the heck, we're here, let's go see.

Getting out of the mouth of Whaler's Cove, at Phil Sammet's suggestion we decided to play it safe and dive Twin Peaks, a site we've frequented. As we got to the site I could see that the water was a nice clear blue...very cool!

Todd and I got in, did our checks and descended to the top of Twin Peaks at 120' in a vista of scenery. Looking south-west, I could clearly see the outline of Great Pinnacle, never thought I'd ever see that!

Wow, a cool relaxing dive and spending our entire bottom time here as opposed to scootering here and spending a very limited time here. It was quite a treat. Though we were at 150 feet, it felt like an 80 foot dive due to all the light present.

Though I didn't bring my big video camera, my point and shoot was able to get video and picked up some good color. I'll post that later when I do some editing on it.

All in all a spectacular dive!

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