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12/31/1969 Mt Chamberlin - South Wall aboard Escapade by Harry Wong -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Paul Lee, Harry Wong
Visibility: 60' - 90' Time:3:59 PM
Temp: 46F - 57F Surge: 5'
Scooter: Gavin Short Burn Time:  
Max Depth:   Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:AL80
Deco Profile:
7,2,2,2,2,15,5
 
80-90 feet of viz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The diving was incredible!!!

Dive 1 was at a place south of Pt Lobos called Mt Chamberlain. Awesome wall with some very cool valleys and nooks and crannies to get into!!

Paul Lee and I buddied. It was a bit of an ordeal to get into the water with our doubles, then the deco bottle and then the scooter. But once we were on our way, diving was like a hot knife thru butter! No swimming down the anchor line against the current, we just motored down. Once at the anchor line, Jim from the Escapade asked us to check the anchor to make sure it could be easily pulled up, it was fine.

Then Paul and I motored West along the wall, very cool. The bottom was at around 180' (we stayed at 150'-160' and with the viz so incredible, you could see for quite a distance. One thing about scooters, you typically don't see the macro life, you're moving way too fast. Of course we'd stop and check out some things of interest, cracks, big fish, etc. There was this huge Lingcod that definitely looked like it was on the hunt. That was cool!

After a bit, we reversed direction along the wall and passed where the anchor line would be and continued on. Paul was leading and we were to find Team 2 with Dionna and Mark. We didn't find them along the wall and had passed some very cool small valleys. I knew they were in there as it looked pretty interesting. Anyway we get back to the anchor line and start our ascent where Paul shot his big SMB.

Doing our deco with the scooter was pretty straight forward. I ran the deco while Paul worked the spool with the SMB. We stayed pretty close to the anchor line until about 20 feet where we caught a bit of a current. We drifted about 3/4ths of a mile. Doing drift deco was quite luxury as most of my dives involve staying near the anchor line so this was quite a treat!

Getting back on the boat with some "fun" waves was interesting. First handing off the scooter, then the deco bottle, then climbing aboard in doubles. The hardest part of the dive though was schlepping all this gear from the van to the boat and back to the van! :-) Paul had this very cool hand truck with some big fat rubber air inflated balloon tires. I'm getting one as soon as I find one.