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Camelback Summit - Echo Canyon TH
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Camelback Summit - Echo Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2011
outdoor_lover
Hiking2.30 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.15 mph
1,300 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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I was born and raised here in the Valley and have lived here for 34 years and have never climbed Camelback Mountain. It's been within 15 minutes of me for 1/2 of those years and I just never did it.

So at noon today, a friend of mine, Bill, calls me up and says, "Hey I'm off early today, how about if I pick you up and we'll go run up Camelback Mountain"... :sweat: I say, "Umm, sure, why not? Just give me enough time to go to storage and grab my cape and winged shoes.... :sl: I make sure that I remind Bill that I do not bike 30 miles a day like he does and that he uses Camelback as his workout and I have never even been up there. He says "not a problem"...What a Nice Guy! So we arrange a hiking scenario so that he can get his "workout", while I just try to make it to the top...He picks me up and off we go...

Got extremely lucky at the TH Parking Lot. A thousand people and cars and we actually timed it exactly and got to park in the Lot itself. As I get out of the vehicle, I see a very familiar face and I yell out to him. Apparently he's as deaf as a post, :roll: because he never even turned around, but he was headed up the trail, so I definitely knew I would run into him again. The shirt he was wearing confirmed who I thought it was....

As planned, Bill left me in the dust about 200 ft up the trail, but we got a chance to visit some while driving back and forth to the mountain, when he hit the top and then met me about halfway up, when he pushed me along and then met me again at the top (2nd time for him) and then again at the bottom. :lol: He was a good sport and it was good to have someone along to push me more than I push myself. I told myself that I was not leaving without topping out and Bill just pushed me to do it a little faster. :sweat:

It was a good hike and I see why people use it for a workout hike. Really good warmup for my hike this Sunday and it's the first time I've been out since getting over the Flu. Didn't take too many pics, the evil brown cloud was there and it just didn't seem that photogenic to me.

On the way up, I see that familiar face again and he's coming down, so I stop and wait in ambush for his deaf pumpkin to get down to me. When he got to me, he was probably wondering "why is this woman leering at me?" :o But then he actually figured out who I was without me having to tell him. It was our fearless leader on his way down for the umpteenth time that day. I made him pose for a pic so you guys would believe me. :) Nice to meet ya Joe!

I enjoyed the hike and will do it again, hopefully at a time when it's not quite such a big freeway of people. It will be a good one to build up the endurance and who knows, maybe I can dust off that cape again someday.... :D
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