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Brown's PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2011
GrottoGirl
Hiking4.80 Miles 1,957 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles
1,957 ft AEG
 
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After a crazy work week in Toronto, I was super excited to get home so Joel and I could go up to Phoenix for a night of Roger Clyne followed by a day on Brown's Peak. However, the travel gods had other plans for me and luckily they worked out quite well. At LAX, I missed my Tucson flight after a bus ride from Terminal 2 to Terminal 7, a mad dash through security, and a sprint over to Terminal 8 and to almost the last gate. I asked about the next flight and they said the next flight I could get on was at 9 PM. So, I asked about flying to Phoenix - and 30 minutes later I was boarding the next flight and emailing Joel a packing list.

We went out to Cave Creek for the concert. We had a good time singing along with Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. I had a margarita with a few shots of Mexican Moonshine to help out my singing. I was very glad not to have a hangover on Saturday morning!

This was my first trip into the Mazatzal Mountains. We took FR 143 to access Brown's Peak. The view of the Four Peaks was very stunning from the road. Surprisingly, I wasn't car sick by the time we got out of the Outback.

The beginning of the hike was rather benign. However, after the saddle things got interesting. We talked about the last time Joel did this hike, he mentioned that they were there right after the guy fell to his death a couple of years agp. Since I had that on my mind, I was a bit more careful than usual. Going up the scree area we met another group coming down. They were really good at yelling "rock" whenever they dislodged something. After the scree, we stayed more to the left of the gully and worked our way up the rocks. It was fun trying to grope for handholds and avoid the hedgehog at the same time!

At the top, we had a leisurely snack enjoying the view. A couple of raven gave us a little flight show along with a few swifts. While we were snacking, I decided I might as well eat most of my treasured stash (olives, bread sticks, cheese, chocolate cookies, etc) since it could be my last meal. While I was shoveling all that food in, I did notice some scratchings in a rock from Templeton 4th Cav 1867. I wonder if that was historical or just graffiti... Any one know?

On the way down, I kept thinking about the word exposure. Exposure to what? Death, of course. Anyway, my imagination definitely was worse then reality. The down climb was fairly easy. The scree sucked and I ended up doing a fun little crab walk down. After that it was a walk in the park down to the car.

I'm noticing some soreness in my upper body as I type. It is all so worth it! A great way to celebrate 3 years of being cancer free!
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