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Four Peaks Mother LodePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 16 2011
Hikergirl81
Hiking7.80 Miles 4,060 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles
4,060 ft AEG
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I must have been complaining about lacking serious adventure. JB suggested on the way back from our climbing trip to swing by Four Peaks and finish the weekend with a taste of adventure.

So our trip began, Yay, for sharing the adventure! I always love to read the logs and I saw Dave has been a frequent visitor. I can understand this obsession with finding the perfect route, I have been perfecting 4,3,2,1 for years! This time I finally got it, or at least I came very close!

This was a good experience; I decided to stay on the ridge line a bit more and possibly pushed the safety limits a bit more as well. With this direct route, a few trickier down climbs were needed but the amount of time we saved was phenomenal. For peak 2, we couldn't have ascended the way we did with a novice hiker/climber. At times even I was hesitant, there were a few areas where I thought the slab and the exposure seemed like too much risk. JB encouraged me to keep going and we found a fairly direct route up peak 2. Our total time from 3 to 2 was around 3 hours. This is a huge improvement from other trips, especially the time Liz and I spent the night on peak 2. (..soaking wet)

All was good as we ate our subway sandwiches on the summit of peak 2. When we resumed the hike we knew we were on the homestretch. At the saddle before Brown's (the least treacherous part of the hike) was where I got humbled by the "Mother."
I misplace my foot, slipped a bit and twisted my ankle. Instead of weighting it and experiencing a sprain, I intuitively allowed my knee to give out..
I fell forward. Good save!
..except I fell over a small cliff and almost off a lager one...
I was kindly stopped by a group of hedgehog cactus.
First my knee, then my thigh landed full weight on the plant.
Hundreds of needles broke off under the skin and bulged back through the skin.
They got stuck in my knee cap and deep in my thigh muscle.

I tried to get one out but it was useless, plan B was to press them further into my thigh muscle and hope they softened soon. When I used my leg it felt like I was getting 30 IM injections into my thigh. OUCH! :stretch:

I must admit; immediately after I fell, I cried for about a minute.
Then, I composed myself, pushed the spines deeper into my leg and continued on. : rambo :
The wind picked up as we climbed up and then down Brown's chute. I led the way but whimpered quietly to myself. I was a little unsure in my footing; my leg had tearing, tingling and numb sensations shooting down it with every step. I think it worked to both of our favor that JB is deaf, even with his hearing aids he couldn't hear my pathetic noises the last hour of the trip.
We finished late afternoon with a celebration beer and then headed home.
...just like that, another one gets the exposed to the FOUR PEAKS FEVER!
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