San Mateo

Purisima Redwoods Loop

Briefing

The Purisima Redwoods is primarily a well maintained circuit, but the southwestern end seems to terminate at Lobitos Creek. Circumnavigate the park and then explore the Lobitos Creek trail and look for any signs of the creek.

Objectives

  • Lobitos Creek Trail

Trip Report

Purisima Bushwack Map

Intel

http://alltrails.com//trail/us/california/purisima-redwoods-loop
http://www.strava.com/activities/70571497

Montara Crossing

Briefing

Pacifica’s Montara region can be accessed from the inland San Pedro Park or the Coastal McNee Ranch. From either route, one can press inland and explore the peaks in this area of the coastal range, including the local maximums, North Peak.

Objectives

Find a route from San Pedro Park to the coast and back again.

Trip Report

Montara Crossing Map

Portolà Discovery

Briefing

In 1769 Gaspar de Portolà lead the famous Portolà expedion from its encampment near present day Moss Beach into the hills and eventually ridge line of the north peninsula.

Objectives

The San Francisco Bay Discovery Site.

Trip Report

http://www.cityofpacifica.org/depts/rec_department/parksbeaches/picnics_and_permits/sweeny_ridge_trail/default.asp

Nike Strike

Challenge

Project Nike, a ground based missile defense system, protected the U.S. homeland from Soviet bombers from the 1950′s to 70′s. The Nike missile sites numbered in the hundreds; your goal is to hit just one: SF-51 above Pacifica, California.

8.6 MI
Landing: Pacifica Pier, Pacifica, CA

Briefing

It’s the Cold War in the late 1950s and the arms race is heating up. The USSR has released a spate of new long range bombers, including the Tupolev Tu-4, Tu-95, and Tu-16, all capable of North American strikes. In response, the U.S. has developed and deployed Project Nike to defend major metropolitan areas across the United States. These defensive stations are able to launch surface-to-air missiles and disable incoming airborne threats.
As a member of the Spetsnaz GRU – the Soviet Special Forces group – your job is to neutralize the Nike installation above Pacifica, CA: SF-51.

Map of Nike Strike

Map

Objectives

You will land on the Pacific seaboard and move undetected through the seaside town of Pacifica, CA. Once on the outskirts on the south side of town, head directly up the ridge to knock out the control site.

SF-51C

At a Project Nike Site such as SF-51, the control site (C) – Integrated Fire Control – operates the radar and tracking systems critical to guide missiles after launch and ensure they hit their target. The majority of the personnel are stationed here and by disabling it first, you will likely render any launch ineffective.

SF-51L

Once you finish with the control site, proceed north to the launch site (L). Here you will find a cement bunker that houses the actual MIM-3s, the Nike system’s specially built surface-to-air missiles. Neutralize the launch site and return to the Pacifica Pier for your extraction.

Debrief

Soda Popinski’s in Nob Hill (San Francisco) serves Moscow Mules by the boot! Celebrate a job well done… Na Stro Via!

Soda Popinski
Soda Popinski’s in San Francisco serves Moscow Mules by the boot!

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