4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration

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Linked Guide  • Margies Peak - Skull 2493, AZ
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Start Date 2015-01-01
 
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4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration

Post by outdoor_lover » Nov 11 2014 4:30 pm

Event Date and Time: January 1st, 2015 9:00 A.M. Location: Margies Peak, Maricopa Mountains, AZ
Hard to believe that the Holidays are almost upon us already! Even harder to believe that this will be the 4th Year for this Event! :y: When I started doing these, I promised that I would cover Peaks in all Four Directions from Town so the same people wouldn't have to drive a long way every time...And I always pick something slightly "out of town" to avoid the Holiday Crowds! The 1st Year was SE, the 2nd was NW, and the Third was NE, so this Year I had to find something in the SW...Not easy for me since I'm unfamiliar with that Area! :sweat: I enlisted the help of a good Friend and one of HAZ's Experts for that Area (desertboonie) and he came up with one right away that seemed promising, so we went and checked it out last Weekend. Not only was it promising, it was Perfect... :D Short Mileage, but with Elevation that will get the Blood Pumping and the Peak will offer some Stellar Views of the Maricopas, the Gilas and the Buckeye Hills. There is NO TRAIL...This will be all Off-Trail Hiking like last Year...I drove my Front Wheel Drive SUV and had no Trouble with the Road, or even Parking in the Wash that will be our Start. And if we feel like a Barbecue afterwards, we can either Party right in the Wash or drive a couple of miles further to the Margies Cove TH where there is a Camping Area and a few Picnic Tables.... :) I did start a Page for this Peak since there will be some Triplogs done for it and the Driving Directions for the "TH" are there. http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19589 Hopefully, someone this Year will run a GPS Track and we can turn this into a Full Description. Although a few HAZers have done this one, it hasn't been many, which was another Reason I chose it... :D If you would like to see Photos of the Area, including Margies Peak, you can view this Photoset that I did from last Weekend. http://hikearizona.com/photoset=32772

If you've already participated in past New Year's Day Hikes, I would love it if you would join us again...If you haven't, you should think about it this time around, it's a lot of fun. And I do try to pick Peaks that most can do, so everyone is welcome and appreciated! :D
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Re: 4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration

Post by outdoor_lover » Dec 23 2014 10:31 am

@Widowmaker
Yes....We can arrange for everyone to get a Ride. I'll be going in just a tad earlier and I'm giving Scott a lift from the Highway...If you don't want to go early, Barrett has already offered the back of the Taco and I'm sure there will be others that have an "inside" spot... :sweat:
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Re: 4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration

Post by RowdyandMe » Dec 23 2014 10:53 am

@Outdoor Lover
Let me know when and where. I do live in Deer Valley
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Re: 4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration

Post by PatrickL » Dec 25 2014 7:27 pm

I realized the other day that I've been saying "Maggies" for the last two months.

I'm going to move myself over to the committed column. Considering getting an earlier start and heading up the western ridge, but we'll see about that.

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Re: 4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration

Post by outdoor_lover » Dec 26 2014 8:00 pm

@Patrick L
You could probably start at the regular time and still be at the Peak before l'm there. :sl:
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Re: 4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration

Post by PatrickL » Dec 27 2014 2:18 pm

@Outdoor Lover
Are you hauling a heavy pack again this year? That's an anchor!

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Re: 4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration

Post by SuperstitionGuy » Dec 27 2014 2:26 pm

Patrick L wrote:@Outdoor Lover
Are you hauling a heavy pack again this year? That's an anchor!
Don't complain about the weight of her pack as I understand it often contains COOKIES! :y:
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Re: 4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration

Post by Nightstalker » Dec 27 2014 9:46 pm

I'd like to join you all! I have a 4x4 Jeep if anyone needs a ride. I'm coming from Deer Valley.

Terry

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Re: 4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration

Post by RowdyandMe » Dec 27 2014 10:50 pm

I am looking forward to hiking with everyone and meeting new faces.
Just a great way to start the New Year.
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Re: 4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration

Post by Barrett » Dec 28 2014 8:13 am

Outdoor Lover wrote:If you don't want to go early, Barrett has already offered the back of the Taco
Widowmaker got shotgun, so we'll be arriving at the pavements end around 8:30. We'll hang around till maybe 8:40 for anyone wanting an open air shuttle to the "trailhead".
(Unless I hear from Pam whether 20 minutes is cutting it too close for that dirt road if you drive at Chumley Half-Speed like I do :whistle: ).
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Re: 4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration

Post by chumley » Dec 28 2014 8:48 am

I don't think my driving actually lives up to the stories. :M2C:
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Re: 4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration

Post by The_Eagle » Dec 28 2014 8:51 am

@chumley
I'm sorry, but I believe the phrase
"Hold my Beer and watch this"
was actually coined because of you... :M2C:
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Re: 4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration

Post by SpiderLegs » Dec 28 2014 10:13 am

Nightstalker wrote:I'd like to join you all! I have a 4x4 Jeep if anyone needs a ride. I'm coming from Deer Valley.

Terry
I'm at Thunderbird and I-17 area if you have room.
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Re: 4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration

Post by Nightstalker » Dec 29 2014 8:06 pm

@SpiderLegs

How about I meet you in the Lowe's parking lot at I-17 and Thunderbird at 7:00AM?
I have a dark red 4 door Jeep Wrangler, lic plate #NSRIDES. HAZ sticker on the back.

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Re: 4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration

Post by outdoor_lover » Dec 29 2014 10:34 pm

Hi all...Just got back to civilization and the Internet. Looks like we've added a few people and that is awesome! Apparently no one is being scared off by the Weather Forecast that I just heard about...If any of you have any thoughts about the Weather, Pro or Con, speak up...Depending on how much Rain we get, we may have to change our TH location as it may not be totally smart to Park in a Wash, or we may find that there is Water there anyway... :sweat: I will plan on being there a little early to check it out.

It doesn't appear that Randall is coming this Year? Does anyone want to do a Barbecue when we all get down? We can certainly plan something if you all want to carry on like we have the last couple of Years...Randall always threw a nice "Tailgate" Party at the end of the Hike which was pretty fun...Let me know your thoughts on that. Looks like everybody is set for Rides except for Stephen in the East Valley.

And Yes, with 13 Confirmed and possibly 2 More? Spiderlegs? Stephen??? Dave, is your Wife joining us this Year??? I will have plenty to take up to the Peak if anyone wants to save some Room in their Pack.

I will post another Update New Year's Eve Morning... :D
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Re: 4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration

Post by Grimey » Dec 30 2014 8:48 am

I am coming from the East. Ahwatukee, Chandler/I-10 area. I have room for a couple people.

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Re: 4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration

Post by chumley » Dec 30 2014 9:06 am

Outdoor Lover wrote:any thoughts about the Weather, Pro or Con, speak up
It'll be a beautiful (and chilly) morning. Sunny along with some puffy clouds with dramatic views. A stray snow flurry isn't out of the question, but I wouldn't worry about the wash running. Forecast calls for only about 0.1" rain there.
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Re: 4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration

Post by Mrs_Bradshaws » Dec 30 2014 9:36 am

My beautiful children were nice enough to share their strep throat with my husband and I :yuck: So both of us are out :sorrry: I was really looking forward to meeting everone... maybe next time :(

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Re: 4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration

Post by outdoor_lover » Dec 30 2014 11:57 am

@Mrs_Bradshaws
So so sorry to hear that! :( Hope you all get better soon and can Ring in the New Year on the Mend!
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Re: 4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration

Post by big_load » Dec 30 2014 12:45 pm

Bummer! I hope the Bradshaws heal fast and everyone else has a great time. I wish I could be there.

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Re: 4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration

Post by Bradshaws » Dec 30 2014 1:09 pm

@big_load@Outdoor Lover

Thanks :D The kids are both almost better and the wife and I are both one day into a Zpack so I'm hoping it is over soon... Hope you all have fun and stay dry :)
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