I don't normally post my trips but I figured I had to for this one. I knew this hike was going to be very hard. It met my expectations and exceeded them by far. This hike definitely requires a lot of endurance. I am in, what I consider, pretty good shape. This one really tested my limits, both physically and mentally.
I knew it would be mentally challenging because I really don't like heights . However, I love to hike and I love to challenge myself. A lot of times I end up saying to myself "Why did I agree to do this???". I always remind myself of the sense of accomplishment I'll have in the end and keep pushing through . This one required a lot of self motivation and a lot of motivation from my hiking partner aka my husband. I would NEVER make it through a hike like this without him .
I was surprised at how physically challenging this hike was for me . Like I said, I consider myself to be in pretty good shape. There were a couple of times on this hike when I had to push myself to my physical limits. There is so much up and down. There were a couple of times we came to a hill and I was speechless . I couldn't believe what I was putting myself through!!! The down is not easy in a lot of parts either. Sometimes the down was worse than the up. The mountain is just crumbling underneath your feet . We came from Carney TH so we had to come down Siphon Draw. That's bad enough when you haven't hiked across the entire mountain. I was SO glad to be on flat ground!!!
I'm really glad I did this hike but I don't know if I'll be doing it again in the near future. I'll have to give my memory some time to fade . We do have to do this hike again because, unfortunately, I erased my GPS track before I saved it!!! My hiking partner also forgot the battery to his DSLR. The poor guy had to carry the camera all day but couldn't use it. I'm glad to say I did this one and I do have a huge sense of accomplishment!!! We also got to meet Trekkin Gecko and Johnlp. They flew by us going up to Boulder Saddle on their way to Peak 5057. Then we saw them again on their way down. You two are machines!!! It's always nice to meet and see fellow HAZers on the trail!!!