|Hiking||19.80 Miles|| 7 Hrs 38 Mns || ||3.37 mph|
|6,123 ft AEG|| 1 Hour 45 Mns Break||8 LBS Pack|| |
Denny and I decided that we had to do a repeat New Years Eve hike sporting our stylish attire.
We made the last minute decision to stay close to town and try to attack the 7 Peak challenge.
So it was Squaw Peak at 6am in the dark to begin. I was surprised that there were people finishing at 6am when we were starting. Also surprised that there were people climbing it without a headlamp on a moonless night. This hike seemed easier to me in the dark. Snapped a Self Summit photo.
Next it was off to Camelback. This one was our biggest concern for the day. The Web site says it opens at sunrise, and we knew we'd be there just after sunrise. With the parking problems over there, we were concerned we'd get a spot. When we pulled in all the spots on the street and the lot were full. Joe's favorite pair of officers were controlling the crowds. Just as we were getting ready to make the turn out of the lot, someone returned, and we were in the front row! This was actually my first time up Camelback. Now I can say I've done it. I don't care for the crowds. Had our Summit picture taken,
Now off to South Mountain and the Holbert Trail. Another trail I've never fully done. Quite pretty. I enjoyed the petoglyphs at the beginning. We made our way to the Gila Lookout, south of the TV towers, and had our summit picture taken by a decked out road biker. On the way down Holbert saw two mountain bikers crash, one right at my feet. Those guys/gals are nuts.
Now back up north, to hit up North Mountain. A steep climb up some rough rocks to get to the pavement that takes you to the top. Had our Summit picture taken.
Shaw Butte was next. Now I'm getting to the point that I just want to get these done.
Up to the top past a decorated tree and cactus with a Santa hat. Had our summit picture taken
Off to Shadow Mountain. I took Denny on the Scenic route to get to this peak. It was a steep bugger getting up. Running on empty now, but only one more to go. Took our Self portrait Summit Picture at the top.
Now Lookout Mountain to finish things off. I'm really beat now, this climb is mostly a blur. Made it to the top, had our summit picture taken taken by a nice couple. We told them we just completed the 7 summits and told them what they were. They asked us how many days it took us.
It was nice doing our second annual NYE hike. Always fun hiking with the Turtle.
7:38 Hiking time
2:16 Driving and Setup time
9:54 Total time
|“Celebrate your success and stand strong when adversity hits, for when the storm clouds come in, |
the Eagles soar while the small birds take cover.” Unknown