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Boynton's BackyardSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 04 2011
joebartels
Hiking9.60 Miles 1,830 AEG
Hiking9.60 Miles   5 Hrs   34 Mns   2.01 mph
1,830 ft AEG      47 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Happy Sunday!

21 degrees at the trailhead. Anyone that has hiked with me in cold weather knows I'm not a fan. Yet I wanted to give this a try figuring snow on the red rocks was worth it.

Amazingly it only took about ten minutes to warm up once we got going. The fingers started to get feeling and this wasn't seeming too bad. Then the oddest thing... I was friggen burning up. With my feet warm, more on that later, my body was turning into a nuclear power generator. So I took the lining out of my jacket. Then the ear muff head band came off. This thing is the bomb yet so simple. Mr Jamy gave it to me a couple years ago and I love it.

So we were heading up and I'm still on fire with my jacket unzipped and heck I'm beginning to wonder what is going on. Well I had my rain pants on so that was obviously retaining heat. However this was unreal. Mr Jamy threw snow in my face and man that felt good. So I did the same a few times and shook some of the overhead trees a few times too. This was the ticket I tell ya.

All was well until the steep part begins just after the tafoni alcove. Dr Jamboney put me in the lead and boy that destroyed me. Breaking up and through the snow was refreshing. Not much snow maybe 4 inches yet all over the brush and trees to get through. By the time we reached the saddle I was soaked head to toe. Even my rain pants were soaked. Luckily I had the liner to my jacket so I shed down and put that on for lunch.

The plan was to hike a lot more up and down and all around from this point. Luckily Dr J had had enough too! I seriously tried to give it a go and all but I was exhausted.

After a quick standing lunch I was freezing. Yet I was so excited we were heading back it wasn't registering in full. The descent went quicker and Dr J fell ahead of me. I didn't see it but it sounded like a body flip slam down a sliding rock. Hopefully his elbow is okay... eek!

Okay so one of the many reasons I dislike cold weather hikes are the numb feet. I thought I had this bad boy covered. I wore SealSkinz over wool socks. This works like a charm to a certain point for myself. While I brought a spare pair of socks the thought of changing them at the saddle just didn't seem like a good idea. Oh that was a poor choice as I was sloshing in the sweat pooled entrapment heading down.

I just kept telling myself this is a short hike, this is a short hike, over and over and luckily it did end. My entire body was hurting.

The views were phenomenal and the company was top notch! Dr J seems to live for this stuff and Dave likes to build camp fires so what more is there to say. I'm glad I went and I'm glad it's over. The only reason I typed this much is so I remember to never do it again...lol

Happy Sunday!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGlxDXbLAyI
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