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2009-12-18
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Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking Dec 18 2009
joe bartels
Hiking11.70 Miles 2,200 AEG
Hiking11.70 Miles   7 Hrs   50 Mns   1.49 mph
2,200 ft AEG
 
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Made it to the saddle handily in 1.5hrs. Ascended Secret Mountain via my (ahem) "suggested" route on the last outing. It proved to be the route of choice and went by quick. Atop the Mighty Beast of the Wilderness the views opened up and joy filled the soul. Which lasted about five minutes give or take five. The trail on top of Secret Mountain is supposed to be right near the edge. After a frustrating half hour of search and forget it I decided to just follow the GPS as closely as possible. The real joy began plowing through manzanita, dense pine saplings and did I mention the snow. After what seemed a good while we decided to break since we were both starving. Looking at our position with only a quarter of the distance conquered I told Bob we needed to turn around... he kinda smiled. Glad to finally know the route and have summited. Still want to see those views at the far inaccessible end few ever see. Shin guards, gloves and goggles would have helped. Believe I'll wait for the snow free season ;)

Please enjoy scenes from Bob's self declared defining hike :)
(YouTube ripped the audio, this is a new commentary version)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KRTdQWCZ5I

NOTE: I lost one of my Leki trekking poles coming down. Hopefully a HAZ member will find it. It's definitely above the saddle and likely within close proximity ascending up. I lost another four years ago in Whetrock Canyon too. :sweat:
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