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Ascent of Vina Lookout on 2006-10-09

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, October 9, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Vina Lookout
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:256 ft / 78 m

Ascent Trip Report

Just south of the South Ave (near Corning)/U.S. 99 intersection stand the Vina Helitak Base and L.O. fronting U.S. 99. Rising less than 100' above its surroundings and at an elevation of 256', this important Calfire fire-tracking facility includes the L.O., several support buildings, the seldom used L.O. with its 8'x9' cab, and a heliport. Though low in elevation, it nevertheless enjoys unobstructed views of northern Butte and southern Tehama counties as well as of Mill, Rock, Pine, and Deer Creeks to the east. The first L.O. from 1955 was being renovated in 1961 when it was struck by lightning and burned down. The present L.O. was in place by 1962. Rather than being a stand-alone,it is joined to one of the buildings. On prominent display at the entrance to the Vina facility is the brightly colored, new appearing 1970 helicopter, always at the ready.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:Drive-up
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Weather:Good but hazy
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Drive-up
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