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Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass Trail
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Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2012
outdoor_lover
Hiking11.70 Miles 3,054 AEG
Hiking11.70 Miles   7 Hrs   15 Mns   1.87 mph
3,054 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break15 LBS Pack
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Angela was nice enough to let me tag along with her today. This is my first Trip up to Tom's Thumb, so it was nice to go with someone that's already been and also to have some good company on this harder Hike.... :)

She was training for a GC Trip, and it was evident after a bit, that her recent Montana and GC Trips have been very good Training already. I started to fall behind on the massive Uphill on this trek. I didn't want to throw a cold towel on her Training, so we reached an agreement that seemed to work out nicely for both of us. It also didn't help that we were facing some pretty good Wind resistance all of the way up... :sweat: Meanwhile, we ran into Johnlp, who was coming down, coasting at a reasonable 8 MPH with a Tail Wind!!! We interrupted his workout for a brief Meet and Greet, and then Angela and I continued on that long uphill, while John caught the next Wind Gust and was gone.... :D

Angela also showed me where Mountain Spring is located and it was flowing great. Always nice to see a possible Perennial Spring in these Urban Mountain Ranges.... 8)

We finally got up to the Thumb and I was pretty fatigued. I was very happy to see it, up close. I even gave it a hug, I was so relieved to have a majority of the Uphill over with... :sweat: We took a nice break here, and half heartedly looked for the Ogre Den, but couldn't find it. Several HAZers have been there, but we could not find a very good Description of where exactly it's located. With at least 5 more miles to finish the Hike, we didn't work very hard at trying to figure it out. The only Description I could find on it was that it was to the right of the Thumb and to look for a Boulder the size of a house... :sk: Were we looking for a 1 Bedroom House, a Mansion, or something somewhere in-between??? Take your Pick!!! There's a whole neighborhood of "Houses" up there!!! :sl:

Of course, almost to the second, of us starting to head down the Hill, the wind quit!!! :-s No Tail Wind for us today, and it was getting warm out. Every great once in awhile, a little teaser Breeze would drift over for about 10 seconds, and that was all. I could have used a little push on some of the Uphill still left on our Hike out. :pray:

Got down in pretty good time and collapsed in my car with a Cold Drink. Definitely know that I had done something today and although I was pretty fatigued, it was a good feeling. Angela, thanks for letting me join you, it was a great Hike, made even better with good company. :y: : app :

Postscript: I turned the tables on tibber! :D http://youtu.be/lLSeOdWI-4M
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