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Old 08-14-10, 04:06 PM
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I finally went up Mt. Diablo today!

My weekend was finally free and so some friends from my school, who have a cross country and track background (They're the two top trackstars), had planned to climb up Mt. Diablo today.

I woke up at 5:10am, and needed to get out of the house by 6:10 to catch up to the 6:31 BART train. Left my house 6:14 I got to the South San Francisco Station at 6:19. One of my partners were there, but he called the other one, who had just woken up. So we waited for him and the 6:51 train.

The BART Trip wasn't too bad after all since I had some company. I could only imagine the boredom if I went alone.

We hopped off Bart at around 9:00, and went straight for the Mountain. (Treat-->Bancroft-->Walnut, Northgate) It was very simple which was convenient for us 3 High School Students.

Alright, now the real stuff. Since the other two riders had just started riding, I decided that I would stay behind them so that nothing would happen to them. However, in return, I had to travel at their pace. For the first 1000 ft, we were probably moving an average of 10mph, but after that they usually stayed at 6-8mph. That being said, I did not get to really feel the difficulty of the mountain. So as of now, to me the mountain is more long, than it is steep. However, the Wall did affect me and that's when I really started to push it.

Our time as a group was 1:25:39 which I think was great since these guys are new, but do have endurance. At times I wish I could've just sped up the mountain to set my first PR, but I needed to stay with them. Because I stayed with those guys, the mountain seemed pretty easy. I actually had to stay on my 30t and the 21t,19t, or 18t to not travel too fast.

Anyways, I had a great time, It wasn't a too clear day out in the View, and it wasn't too hot either which was good! I can't wait to do it at my fullest effort! I mean if I can go 2-3 minutes faster per mile I can probably get under an hour.

Anyways, I did take some pictures but with my phone camera only which sucks so sorry about that. Other than that, I had a great time, and I can't wait to do it again!








BTW, going back on Bart, it was so busy for us and our 3 bikes! I felt bad for causing all the squeezing going on!
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Old 08-14-10, 10:40 PM
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Good job on your first ride. Sometimes I forget how lucky I am to live a short half hour ride from the mountain. Seems like a bit of a pain (relatively speaking) to get there all the way from DC, but sounds like it was well worth it.

Cool pics from the top with the cloud layer hovering down below. What a goofy summer...
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Old 08-15-10, 10:15 AM
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Sometimes, climbing Diablo on these goofy summer days, with the cloud layer hovering the valley, is better. Makes for interesting photos, that's for sure.
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Old 08-15-10, 10:33 AM
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Congrats, Dom. Let me know when you want to meet up sometime.
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Old 08-15-10, 12:32 PM
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Congratulations.

There's a nice trail that will keep you off of Treat and take you to Bancroft. Almost nobody rides on Treat.

60 minutes from the North Gate to the Summit would put you in some pretty elite company.
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Old 08-15-10, 08:27 PM
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There's a nice trail that will keep you off of Treat and take you to Bancroft. Almost nobody rides on Treat.
DiabloScott, would that be a section of the Iron Horse trail and then onto the Contra Costa Canal Trail? I see the trails on Google Earth if you enable the bicycling layer. Been planning a ride from the East Bay Hills to Diablo and have been studying those trails - they're suitable for riding?
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DiabloScott, would that be a section of the Iron Horse trail and then onto the Contra Costa Canal Trail? I see the trails on Google Earth if you enable the bicycling layer. Been planning a ride from the East Bay Hills to Diablo and have been studying those trails - they're suitable for riding?
Absolutely - very nice trails... could use some repaving. From PH Bart go south on Jones to catch the Iron Horse Trail (new Treat Overpass to be completed soon). Then go about 200 meters on the trail and then left on Canal Trail for about a mile to Bancroft. That's what I always recommend for BART riders headed for the Mountain.
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Nice report, congrats on your first Diablo ascent. As a 180 pound rolleur I envy your time even though you were hanging back. Faster than me. Good job!
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Took you a while Dom. I remember we talked about doing Diablo about a month ago. I thought you had done it already. Ive been working on my climbing....but i think my drive train needs to be adjusted for diablo. i have a 50/34 compact with a 11/23 cassette. what were you using Dom?
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Took you a while Dom. I remember we talked about doing Diablo about a month ago. I thought you had done it already. Ive been working on my climbing....but i think my drive train needs to be adjusted for diablo. i have a 50/34 compact with a 11/23 cassette. what were you using Dom?
Yes! I've been quite busy. Anyways, I used my 30t to stay back with the other guys, I didn't want to drop them. The mountain to me, is not hard because of the steepness( may exclude "the wall") but because of the length.

I think you could climb it on a 34/23 If you had less than two pounds per inch of body. But just for the record, I have a 52/39/30 and a 14-25. When I took the pictures, I closed the gap by using my 39t with my 18t or 17t which didn't seem hard.

The hills in my neighborhood are actually steeper, and more difficult, then some of the steeper sections of the mountain.
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Old 08-25-10, 01:03 AM
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If you try to climb diablo with this heat is there a place to fill up water bottles? What do you guys do?
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There are several places to get water on the way up. Coming from the south side, there's a drinking fountain just past the entrance kiosk at the first ranger station (~1600' elevation) and also some at Rock City (incl. rest rooms) where you get a break from the climbing for a little while (~1700'). Then you can get water at the fountain behind the ranger station at the junction (~2200'). There's also a water fountain at the north end of the Juniper Camp parking lot just before the 3000' sign and another at the summit parking lot (3849').
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thanks prathmann. ill make note of those when i climb it this weekend. i was worried i was going to run out of water in this heat.
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Nice! Looks like fun! I'm excited to go up Diablo my first time on Friday!
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Joker and I and another are going up Friday, we'll be meeting at Athenian at 9am to head up south gate if anyone is thinking of going, you'll see us there!
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Absolutely - very nice trails... could use some repaving. From PH Bart go south on Jones to catch the Iron Horse Trail (new Treat Overpass to be completed soon). Then go about 200 meters on the trail and then left on Canal Trail for about a mile to Bancroft. That's what I always recommend for BART riders headed for the Mountain.
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Thanks for the directions- this was a great route and I used it to ride up North Gate for the first time in a long time last Saturday. The weather was gorgeous and views were amazing!

Here were my times:

I made it to the top from Pleasant Hill BART in about 1:40.
From the entrance station to the junction: 6.5 miles in 43:03.
From the junction to the top: 4.5 miles in 36:11.
(Entrance station to top total = 79:14, those who can do North Gate in an hour must be amazing athletes!)
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Well done! By the way, under an hour from Athenian gets you a t-shirt and serious bragging rights.
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Then I would say that an hour from the North Gate entrance station should get you a poodle and a night out with Scarlett Johansson!
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Well done! By the way, under an hour from Athenian gets you a t-shirt and serious bragging rights.
Thanks for the reminder. The first waves are full, so I'll be in the 70-80min wave, aiming for <60.
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