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5/19/2010 Mt Chamberlin - South Wall aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 50' - 50' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 46F - 50F Surge: 2'
Max Depth: 185FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
After some very long dives for the BAUE project we were hoping to stay dry
for a few more days but forecast showed the best diving day will be Wed and CAP asked
us for a little spin on the boat.

Susan, Jim, Joakim and myself dove the south loop at Mt. Chamberlin.

We dropped on the north side of the canyon and scootered out. We found the small arch at 185ft
and push through it. At the end there is a window that pushes you out back into the canyon. Really nice terrain :-)

We reached the wall and went west on it for a while. Vis was 50ft but a little milky at the bottom.

We found some very large tritona festiva, some simnia snail on the gorgonias. We were looking for
ratfish but not luck. There were a lot of lincods in the area.

After 15min of enjoying the wall we headed back into the canyon and levelled of at 150ft for the second part of the dive.

We found some nice patches of gorgonias and the bottom was all covered with brittle start. Really nice to see..

We motored towards K2 and poke on the West wall at 120ft. I love to scooter towards the wall and past it.... it feels like taking off....

We went towards K2 and enjoyed a few minutes at the 100-80ft range looking at groups of cowries, huge school of rockfish and some very nice sheapheads.

After about 45min of fun we let go and drifted the deco. During it we saw a large purple jelly that was about 40ft long... really cool!

9/5/2009 Mt Chamberlin - South Wall aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 50' - 70' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 46F - 51F Surge: 3'
Max Depth: 193FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:35 Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
Thanks to Matt for organizing an additional tech trip on the Escapade on Saturday. It looks like demand has been high for the BAUE tech trip so we will be scheduling more of them for next year :-)

Our destination was The South Wall of Mt Chamberlin, and on board were the Kitties, CAP, Joe, Matt and Susan. We anchored very close to the Wall on the East side and all teams scootered/swam to a little canyon that crosses the Wall perpendicular.

Best things on the dive were: a huge school of juveniles rock-fish near the West end of the wall, several Tochuina tetraquetra, and some of the swimming thrs on the canyon.

The worst thing of the dive were the layer of brown jellies from 50 to 30ft :-0. Susan got one of her lips :-0000

Here are some of Rob's photos.

1/10/2009 Mt Chamberlin - South Wall aboard Escapade by Robert Lee -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Robert Lee, Allison Lee, Kevin Dow
Visibility: 30' - 60' Time:2:00 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Scooter: X-scooter Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 160FSW Avg Depth: 140FSW
Bottom Time: 0:35 Total Time: 1:10
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP104Deco Tanks:AL80
Deco Profile:
5,3,2,2,3,10,5 up
The afternoon crew was lucky enough to have super-calm conditions allowing us to make it back down to Yankee Pt. for our dive. After a little discussion, we settled on the South Wall of Mt. Chamberlin for a site. Allison, Kevin and I splashed first and headed off on the scooters toward the big drop-off.

We slowly worked our way W along the wall eventually choosing a canyon to head N along. John, Matt and Joakim caught up to us after awhile, and we slowly worked the reef until until the remainder of our BT expired. Visibility was decent, but not exceptional; somewhere in the 40-60' range, but it was a very pleasant dive nonetheless. Deco was boring and uneventful.

For dive 2, we headed back toward the bay, and after some discussion decided on Strawberry Peak. I don't think anybody on-board had ever dived here before. The site was interesting and had a fair amount of structure. Visibility was great; perhaps even better than we had on Mt. Chamberlin... but the surge in the top 20' along the peak was absolutely incredible. At one point, it picked up our entire team and moved us about 15' in either direction in a matter of seconds. Unable to escape from the washing machine, I got caught in the backwash and was somersaulted and slammed into the reef and managed to put a decent-sized gouge into my dome-port shade :-( (while the camera was clipped off to me like a stage and with my arms around it trying to protect it)

Thankfully, other than a few bruises and some cosmetic scratches to the shade, no lasting damage.

Some pictures here:
12/20/2008 Mt Chamberlin - South Wall aboard Escapade by John Heimann -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: John Heimann, Matt Vieta
Visibility: 60' - 80' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 50F - 52F Surge:  
Max Depth: 153FSW Avg Depth: 138FSW
Bottom Time: 0:25 Total Time: 0:55
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
Yesterday Rob, Allison, Kevin, Karl, Matt and I went out on the Escapade for what turned out to be characteristically good winter visibility, but uncommonly good sea conditions. Swell offshore was just a few feet, so we headed south to Yankee Pt. My original suggestion of Flintstones was shouted down in favor of Mt. Chamberlain, South Wall, and I'll admit that yesterday the shouters were right. Even though Matt and I had left our scooters at home, and so didn't get to tour the overall structure of Chamberlain, the spot where we landed had enough valleys, pinnacles, and overhanging slabs to make the dive really scenic and fun, especially in the sparkling clear vis. that we enjoyed.
6/7/2006 Mt Chamberlin - South Wall aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Alberto Nava, Susan Bird
Visibility: 5' - 80' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 46F - 50F Surge: 3'
Max Depth: 200FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:25 Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:50/25,O2
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
Susan and I had plans for diving with Phil today. Visibility has been pretty low recently so we were not expecting too much out of the dive, and there was a “small craft advisory” all the way to Wed night. However, as many people have been saying on ba_diving, some of the best diving days happen when the weather is not the best, so we decided to give it a try.

We met Phil at the parking lot and he recommended getting away from the greener waters of Carmel and heading towards the Yankee Point area. He dove there during the weekend and found clear water all the way to about 20ft. It did not take more than a couple of seconds for us to say ‘yes’ to Yankee Point diving. We have been diving in that area for at least 6 years and every dive there has been a stunning experience. No matter what the site-- Flintstones, PTP, the Arch, or Chamberlin’s Mount, it’s always a great dive.

As we motored out the weather did not look too bad. It looked like we were going to be lucky. Once we got to Chamberlin’s Wall we had to fiddle with the GPS for a while to find and set anchor at the right location (still beats triangulating with the trees ;-)) and after a few minutes we were settled at the wall.

This is an extraordinary dive site. It needs to be experienced first hand to understand its dimensions. It’s a triangular shaped structure with each side about 1000ft long. There are a couple of shallow areas at K1 and K3, and The South Wall runs east-west for 1000ft. The shallow areas on the wall are at 130ft and the bottom is about 160ft on the east side and 300ft on the west side.. The wall is almost vertical.

Phil dropped us at the East end, and the plan was to scooter west all the way to the end of the wall, and then come back to the middle and go through a small canyon heading north into the Mountain.

The water at the surface didn’t look very clear and once we hit the water it was obvious there was a strong surface current. We were glad to have our scooters to get closer to the boat and the anchor line for our descent.

Since the water was a muddy brown color and the current was pretty strong, we immediately hit the trigger and headed down the line. At about 30ft we stopped to do our checks and continued down. We were pleasantly surprised to see clear water at 50ft, and as we approached the wall at about 140ft the water was as clear as it gets. Of course, it was a little dark as not much light could penetrate down from the surface. After a minute of checking all our gear and after a slightly complicated descent we headed out west along the wall.

The wall is covered with dense Corynactous and many gorgonians. There are also Elephant Ear sponges of all shapes and quite a lot of rockfish. Some of the Vermilions were very aggressive and would swim towards us at full speed from maybe 50 ft away to a few inches of the nose of our scooters. I love those red fish!!

During the ride I kept looking south towards the parallel wall that run about 100ft away. I was amused that I could see the other wall in the distance. What visibility!!! It must have been at least 80ft. After thinking about the great visibility, the next thought was ‘I’ll bet it’s pretty cold!’ I had a look at my Uwatec gauge and it read 46F. The funny thing is we were having such a good time the water didn’t really feel that cold after all.

After about 12 min of scootering along the wall we reached the end. The terrain shifted from a vertical wall to more of a plateau from about 190-200ft until we reached the end of the West side. We found this little pinnacle, maybe 10x10 and we both moved to hover over its top and look down over the drop-off. We were sitting in about 200ft of water and we could easily see a 60ft drop. Of course there is probably nothing good to see down there ;-)

After a few minutes of playing around we headed back to the wall and towards a small canyon that goes north inside the mountain. We had been there before, and I remembered a very nice arch. Traveling another 100ft inside the canyon, we noticed both of our light beams pointed in the same direction at the black hole under the nice arch. We had ascended a little on the way back, maybe to about 170ft, but we could not resist the desire to head down and go under the arch (after all what’s the function of an underwater arch?...) There was so much life in the area we wished we had more bottom time to play around in there. As we moved away we found a relatively large juvenile Yellow Eye rock fish. It was approx 4 inches long, and still very brightly striped. We watched it for a while and then continued the trip through the canyon and towards shallower water.

Our ascent was complicated by the strong surface current that wanted to pull our bag away from us. (The sensation was akin to landing a marlin.) Oh well, otherwise it would have been a perfect dive. During the deco at 20ft, I looked to my right and saw this nice fish for a couple of seconds. It was a salmon. I have never seen one in the ocean before. Visibility was pretty bad in the shallow water and I guess the fish didn’t see us until it was very close.

Every 10min Phil would move the boat closer to our bag and give us a signal with the engine that he was on top of us. It was a nice feeling as we knew we were flying ‘blind’ with the current somewhere towards the south.

Once we surfaced we were surprise to see Lobos Rocks on the near horizon!!! We had drifted at least couple of miles south during our deco :-0.

All in all we had a great dive with so-so conditions. Go figure …..
1/7/2006 Mt Chamberlin - South Wall aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 20' - 50' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 52F Surge: 10'
Max Depth: 165FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:50/25,O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
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BAUE chartered the Escapade today for our first trip of the year. We wanted to start the new year with some good diving. However, after reading all the reports about how bad the weather was going to be, and receiving hints that this would probably be a better day to clean the garage or do other labor-intensive activity at home, we didn't set our hopes too high.

We were happily surprised, and were reminded how different diving can be if you're on a big boat, vs diving from shore diving or off of a small boat. With a big boat you can get away from shore and if you go deep you'll aviod most of the swell. As a local captain used to say..... 'during winter .... go deep' ;-)

We left the bay at about 8:30am and ventured past Point Pi~nos. There we some big swells (9-10') but nothing the boat could not handle. We passed at least a half dozen migrating whales along the way, one of which surfaced just behind us in the wake of the boat. We soon arrived at our destination, a nice pinnacle out of Yankee Point on a very large area we call Mt. Chamberlin. There are two peaks on the mountain that come all the way to 100ft. We named them appropiately: K1and K2

We anchored at the top of K2 pinnacle and Captain Jim gave us instructions to head down, swim north-east until we find a very large wall and then follow the wall on a 300 degrees heading for about 25min. We all got our gear on really fast (who wants to be on the surface on a rolling boat?) and started our dive.

Susan and myself descended first, finding the top of the pinnacle at about 100ft. We could not really see the wall yet and since there was no sign of the other dive teams we went out for a little 5min scout trip along a mini-canyon looking for the wall. We found the wall at the opening of the canyon, and returned to the anchor line to meet Clinton and John H, then we all headed towards the wall. There were a tremendous number of gorgonians along the canyon and several decorator crabs hanging on the rocks.

After a 5min swim we reached the East side of the wall and headed on a 300 degree heading for the rest of the dive. This is an impresive wall, going from 120' to 160' on the East side and 190' on the West side. We thoroughly enjoyed the terrain. During our swim we were visited by some very nice Vermillion rockfish, and some enormous lingcods, one of which we called Ling-Kong. These are probably bigger than the ones in BC.

We also saw 3 large tree fish swimming in the open ocean, and a gigantic Wolf Eel that was lying lazily inside a crack.

Once our 30min bottom time had expired we headed up towards the top of the pinnacles, which were surrounded by a huge school of blue rock fish peppered with an occasional sheepshead. We joined the school during our deep stops.

Once we got to 80 feet we encountered 4 nice, healthy mola mola. There were getting cleaned by groups of small sea perches. It was such a delightful experience to swim within feet of the tame molas that some of us almost forgot to switch to 50% at 70'. We all got excellent views of the molas from various (close) perspectives.

What a dive!!!... and the deco was a lot of fun too-- hanging out at the mola-mola cleaning station.

We compared notes with Dionna and MarkL once we were all back at the boat.

Visibility was about 50ft at the bottom and 20ft in the shallow. Water temp was a warm 54 degrees.

On the way back we have found several whales and a big, cooperative pod of Risso dolphins. The Rissos stayed with the boat longer than normal while we looked at the them and cheered all of their water ballet movements.

Here is a link to a animation of the pinnacle.

All in all it was a much better day than staying home and cleaning the garage or scuba room.

A video from the day's diving can be seen here.
11/23/2005 Mt Chamberlin - South Wall aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 2' - 5' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 52F - 52F Surge:  
Max Depth: 23FSW Avg Depth: 23FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:50/25,O2
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
Well I think our luck ran out today. Susan and I had booked Phil to go out a dive Mt. Chamberlin. We had it all planned out, SADDDD.....

The moment I hit the water I felt quite a lot of water getting into my suit from my upper back. I got out and re-seated the neck-seal. I tried again and this time there was a lot of water getting in and staying in :-(.

I called the dive at 45s with a max depth of 23ft :-(. Visibility was two feet at the surface, but seem to open up a bit at depth ;-)

Soon after surfacing we found a 3/4 inch hole in the upper back area of my suit, along on of the seams. I'm glad it happened before the dive than during it.

Good diving, but stay dry ;-)
10/1/2005 Mt Chamberlin - South Wall aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Support Team:Clinton Bauder, Mark Weitz
Visibility: 30' - 60' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 52F - 49F Surge:  
Max Depth: 196FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:50/25,O2
Backgas Config: LP80Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
BAUE chartered the Escapade for a tech trip down to Yankee Point Area to to dive the South Wall on Mt. Chamberlin. On our drive to Monterey there was really thick fog and one big accident on 101 heading north. The weather forecast was not the best either with strong wings and medium size swells. So the morning was not looking too promising.

We got to the boat ramp at 8:00am and I was surprised not to see the Escapede at the dock. We chatted for a while and started transporting our gear down to the dock. A few minutes later JimC showed up with his boat and before we started loading gear he said he wanted to talk to us. It was beginning to sound like a no-go. He drove south early in the morning and the fog was really thick all the way to Lobos and Yankee Pt. We discussed the options for the day and after a democratic election and some recalls we decided to go out for a recreational dive and see if the fog would lift. If it did we would go out and do the tech dive as the second dive. Reverse profile ;-)

We were enveloped in a thick fog bank on the ride down to Carmel, but as we neared the Outer Pinnacle we finally started to see the coast-line :-). By the time we got to Lobos the fog was high in the sky and the swells were minimal so we headed for Yankee Point. We started seeing pods of Risso dolphins as we rode further south. Once we got to Mt Chamberlin there were two fishing boats, one big and one small, working the exact location of the wall where we'd hoped to dive. I guess it's not that big a secret after all ;-). The big fishing boat was not anchored and it had a lot of fishing lines hanging off of it. We decided it was not a good idea to put divers in the water with fog and a live fishing boat so we called the dive and headed towards the back side of Lobos to dive El Paso. As we moved on to Lobos we looked back at the area we wanted to dive, and to our surprise we saw the big boat moving away :-). We watched for a few minutes and headed back to the vacant dive site :-). (Vacant except for the small pod of Rissos hanging out there.)

Martin and Parker, and Sue and myself were in the first group. We had selected the descent location at the north end of a small canyon that starts at the base of the wall and runs north from there. As we reached the anchor line at about 170ft we saw the canyon, and visibility was about 50ft with quite a lot of light getting down there :-). Jack pot!!!! Sometimes it pays not to give up .....

Susan's team headed south toward the wall and half way there we found a very nice swim through, maybe 40ft long. The swim through had all kinds of invertebrates on it, including some really nice deep water polyqueta worms. As we reached the end of the swim thru it went up and out over a nice window shaped structure.

We swam to the start of the wall and looked down from about 200ft. It went down another 40-50ft. There were all kind of rockfish on the wall including some really big vermillion and some black colored lincods. The only other ones I've seen that color were at the Farallons. We also saw some shoe-size white nudribranches.

After a way too short time we headed back and met Martin and Parker at the anchor-line and called the dive.

At 70ft stop we meet Clinton and MarkW who were doing support for us and enjoyed all the jellies and blue rockfish in the water for the rest of our deco.

No cameras on this dive :-(, but you can have a look at the little 3d view of the wall.

The second dive was at Butterfly House where visibility was variable btwn 0-20ft. It's amazing how different the water conditions were from Yankee Pont to Carmel. Susan found a nice big wolf eel :-), and there were some really nice hydrocorals. We spent quite a lot of time looking at stiletto shrimps inside them and some baby sculpins.

As one of the founders use to say used ..... 'Grand day out'!
6/25/2005 Mt Chamberlin - South Wall aboard Escapade by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Dionna House, Nick Radov
Visibility: 40' - 50' Time:8:30 AM
Temp: 49F - 51F Surge: 2'
Max Depth: 169FSW Avg Depth: 110FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:08
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double HP100Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
The seas were flat and we were lucky to have the Escapade all day. What more can we ask for! We headed southbound past Point Lobos and anchored on a spot called Mt Chamberlin. Slight current, but nothing to be to concerned about, since it was a live boat. The buddy teams were Sue Bird and Beto Nava, Clinton Bauder and David Chamberlin, Dionna House and Nick Radov. The depth range was 120ft down to 200ft
Although Beto described the wall running South, we just happened to have been on another reef beside the South wall. We explored the reef running west-east. Nick and I dropped down and found the top of the reef at around 130ish. We both agreed to drop down to 170ft to check it out for a few minutes then come up to 130 and hang out there for most of the dive. We dropped in and out of canyons and finally found 169ft. The vis between 40-50ft. The reef was covered with all the usual species, but what was very noticeable was the Elephant Ear Sponge and the beautiful topography. We made our way up to 130ft as planned and explored the reef until our time was up and we saw lights from a distance. It was Dave and Clinton. Not much longer we saw Sue and Beto. As planned we all met up as a group on our 70ft stop.
Surface Interval: A pod of Risso Dolphin’s came to visit us. We also saw a few humpbacks.
Dive 2:
Fanshell Beach Pinnacle: The top of the pinnacle was 50ish feet and it drop to 120ft Nick Radov decided to sit the second dive out and I was lucky to buddy up with Sue and Beto. We kept our max depth at 100ft. We were fortunate to be able to explore a swim through and on the other side of the swim through, David and Clinton were signaling to us GPO! The GPO was hidden in the cracks. The size of the suckers were pretty large though. Just around the corner, a smaller octopus came out to play with us. Very Sweet!.

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