oh! so that photo of the brothers is taken at Coit Tower?
confirmation of that being a roadblock would explain how brent and caite would have fallen behind. since we have eye witness reports that BOTH brent and caite were seen doing this RB, let me guess that B/C DIDN'T keep count of how many RBs each of them has done so far, and Brent gets volunteered to do the climb up (him being tall and lanky would have some advantage in doing it quickly). HOWEVER, since he has already completed 6 RBs, they are not allowed to open/retrieve the clue after his climb up and Caite has to do the RB instead.....
though I thought that if this were to happen, aren't they supposed to be issued at penalty at the pitstop?
anybody else have any thoughts on this?
This looks like Brent to me.
Note the shadow of the spotter is close to parallel with the side of Coit. Perfectly parrallel would be 14 degrees off north, this looks to be 15 to 17 degrees. From http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/AltAz.php
for San Francisco on 12/20/09, those angles would be between 11:00 and 11:10.
First column is time
Third is azimuth (E of N) ie 180 is due south which would be 12:08 in SF.
11:00 26.8 162.6
11:05 27.1 163.9
11:10 27.4 165.1
So if the tweets have them finishing shorthly after this time, I doubt Caite climbs it after Brent. I'm starting to think they both have to climb it and this is what costs them the 45 minutes by the time we see them on the street with the trunk.
or is there a route info we are missing? The map they are looking at looks like it is of the Presido grounds. Brent is pointing in an area near the bridge toll rather at the Letterman Digital Arts Center. Maybe they are lost getting to LDAC or maybe there is a route info up there that sends them to Coit Tower.