Day one - Chin Beach to Sombrio - Leave your fear at home.
Drove to the meeting spot by the side of the road so Dave and Jeff could switch to daypacks. First bit of advice to the 60+/- crowd and those with recent broken ankles: find a friend who will maintain a base camp, enabling you to hike in and out for a series of day hikes with daypacks. Thank you, Chuck for making this happen with some fine meals, red wine and bottled water.
Started on logging road, turning onto the trail. Up we went, I'm looking off to the steep drop off. Don't look down to you right, comments Dave. Don't look down to your left, I reply realizing that we were on a high skinny ridge and what goes up must come down. Leave your fear at home.
First day highlights, Jeff at the top of the ridge:
Coming down from the top. Point of advice #2 & 3 - In certain circumstances I'd rather be on my butt voluntarily than involuntarily and gaiters are a must.
It might be steep, but it's beautiful: