In 2012, California Water Association (CWA) First Vice President Greg Milleman of California Water Service Company and CWA Director Keith Abercrombie of Valencia Water Company hiked to the top of Mt. Whitney, the highest summit in the contiguous U.S. with an elevation of 14,505 feet. That hike spawned the idea to invite other CWA members to climb to new heights with them at other California mountains.
Joined by CWA President R.W. Nicholson, President of San Gabriel Valley Water Company, CWA member Chris Schilling, Chief Executive Officer of Park Water Company; CWA Second Vice President Larry Morales, Vice President and General Manager of East Pasadena Water Company, and prior CWA Director Robert DiPrimio of San Gabriel Valley Water Company, these CWA members have undertaken several day hikes averaging 12 miles long with elevation gains averaging more than 3,500 feet.
In April 2013, Abercrombie, DiPrimio and Milleman hiked up 5,710-foot-high Mt. Wilson in the San Gabriel Mountains. Schilling joined the threesome in June 2013 climbing from 5,060 to 8,860 feet to the top of Cucamonga Peak, one of the highest peaks in the San Gabriel Mountains. In August 2013, Milleman, Schilling, Nicholson and Morales scaled Mt. Lowe to 5,600 feet during a 14-mile hike.
The group is planning to meet at a new location on October 5 to conquer one more height before winter sets in.