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8/20/2005 Rubicon Wall, Tahoe by Martin McClellan -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Scott Ekkelboom, Martin McClellan, Dave Payne
Visibility: 40' - 40' Time:3:59 PM
Temp: 48F - 64F Surge:  
Scooter: Gavin Long Burn Time: 2:00
Max Depth: 110FSW Avg Depth: 60FSW
Bottom Time: 1:00 Total Time: 1:55
Bottom Gases: 30/30Deco Gases:O2
Backgas Config: Double LP95Deco Tanks:AL80
Deco Profile:
8 up
Our dive took us out from the swim beach at Bliss State Park to the sand roll over (sand wall) at about 15' to begin an easterly scooter to the wall about 1500 feet on a bearing of about 90 degrees. After a short 12 minute scoot, we hit the wall, dropped to 80', and began our journey along the wall at between 100' - 110'. We traveled on a 30/30 AL80 stage for 36 minutes and then switched to our back gas of 30/30 for the return trip to the beginning of the wall and then our scooter back between 30 and 20' doing our O2 time just below the sand roll over at 15' and then a nice swim (scooters off) in underneath all the beer drinking boat traffic from the sand wall to the beach (a bearing of just about due south).

The Rubicon Wall is an impressive underwater granite cliff with all sorts of great unique geologic sights. Not much life but occasionally a big trout or macinaw. The wall waves in and out, runs for over a mile and there are some granite pinacles (albeit small) in a couple of spots along the way. One sees lots of abandoned boat anchors, anchor lines, fishing lures, downrigger weights and fishing line (watch this hazzard closely!).

The trip to the wall is a bit nerve wracking because of the boaters but if you start early you are better off. Leaving the beach, you scoot just about north to 15'(about 500' out) where there is a sand edge rolling down to some huge depths. You follow this natural navigation aid for between 12 and 15 minutes (nothing but sand, some shoes, shirts, towels, underwear...the usual Tahoe debris from the alert boaters above)and then you hit the start of the wall which is a bunch of boulders, huge boulders, and then the wall. The visibility right now is not really good as the algae bloom seems to be staying shallow where usually it migrates to the colder deeper water.

This is one of my favorite sites at Tahoe.

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