Lake Crescent ... outstanding ...

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Re: Crescent Lake ... outstanding ...

Post by Tom Nic » Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:27 am

Great report and great pics Bob. Thanks for telling the story, especially for those of us who most likely will never do a dive like that - we can enjoy it through your memories and words. =D>
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Re: Crescent Lake ... outstanding ...

Post by LCF » Mon Jul 28, 2008 8:41 am

Now, THAT looks (and sounds) like a PNW technical dive worth doing the work for!
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Re: Crescent Lake ... outstanding ...

Post by Jan K » Mon Jul 28, 2008 7:32 am

Looks like the only chance to have blue water diving in PNW . Bob, you need good housing for your camera and take it down with you ... Nice report..

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Lake Crescent ... outstanding ...

Post by Grateful Diver » Mon Jul 28, 2008 5:32 am

Well, I finally got a chance to dive the Warren car ... a dive I've been wanting to do ever since I first heard John Rawlings talk about it a few years ago. In fact, Randy will remember that when I signed up for his Advanced Nitrox class a couple years ago I told him that the reason I ventured into tech diving was so that I could do this dive.

I almost didn't get the chance ... by circumstance, the guys got the permit on the same week-end that Cheng and I were originally booked for Neah Bay (until the Mark V troubles cancelled that trip), and then she made plans for Winthrop. We booked out there Friday afternoon, and came back Saturday evening ... just in time for me to grab a few hours sleep, toss my gear in the car, and head out to Lake Crescent yesterday morning.

I hooked up with the team on a cold, blustery day ... felt more like April than a few days before August. The plan was for me, Bones, and Marc G to scooter out along the wall to the Warren car at 170 ... then drop down and continue east till we found the Steele car.

The rest of our group was going to put in a bit further east and kick down to the Steele car ... they didn't bring scooters.

We found the Warren car within about four minutes, and spent a little bit of time circling the car, checking out the little memorial plaque, and saying a brief prayer for the restful peace of the souls of the young couple who perished there. Then we were on our way ... heading out, and down.

The lake is renowned for outstanding vis, and it lived up to its reputation ... at 200 feet I didn't even really need a light to see where we were going. At one point the group split momentarily to avoid the upreaching branches of a large tree laying along the steep slope ... I went up, around, and down ... and in the excellent vis suddenly found myself at 211 feet with the other two guys looking down at me as if to say "where the hell are YOU going?". Oops ... banked back up the slope to join them at 200 and continue on our merry way.

Within a few moments we'd located the Steele car ... what looks like a '50's era car sitting on the slope at about 195. We spent the last of our bottom time swimming around it (and avoiding a couple more tree branches), till at last we'd reached the limit of our allotted time and needed to begin our ascent.

We used the scooters to head back west while slowly making our way up to our first stop at 140. At that point, we clipped off the scoots and made a hanging ascent ... following the slope up ... for the 25-minute ascent to our 20-foot stop. Once we'd made our final gas switch and tidied up a bit we unclipped the scoots and headed back along the contours of the slope toward our entry point.

I'd brought my camera down and clipped it off to the buoy line at 20 feet ... thinking that once we'd completed our deco I'd like to pass it around among the group so we could get some pics of each other on the scoots (taking advantage of the clear water, after all). Here's the result ...

Here's Marc ...

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Here's Bones ...

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... and here's me ...

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Altogether an awesome dive with a couple of great friends.
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