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Published on Jul 17, 2011
"Operation On-Target" is a Varsity Scout activity (see Wikipedia) where scouts ascend mountain peaks and signal over surprisingly long distances with reflected sunlight from signal mirrors. Here are flashes seen at Margarita Peak, California from San Jacinto (48 miles), San Gorgonio (56 miles) and Keller Peak (55 miles), the latter using a 9"x9" mirror. The scout record is 177 miles - from Mt. Charleston, NV, to San Jacinto, CA. The video concludes with a panoramic view from Margarita Peak. Margarita Peak is a bit challenging (Class 2 climb) with a rather tiny top - Margarita Peak Lookout (2 miles north) with a spacious top and almost the same views is far more popular. We braved Margarita Peak because some of our southern targets are masked by Margarita Peak from Margarita Lookout.