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Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2012
vanman
Hiking11.50 Miles 4,480 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles   9 Hrs   45 Mns   1.59 mph
4,480 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Finally! I had been chipping away at sections and had done every part except east of the "notch" past Flatiron to the highest "bump" west of 5057. I finally strung them all together and completed the toughest hike I've ever done.

Got an early start from Mining Camp and expected it to be very chilly but it wasn't (mid-40's) so I was over-dressed and had to start shedding layers right away. The basin was wet in sections and when I topped-out there the wind started howling. The trail up to Flatiron was very damp so it was a new challenge climbing up with water/dirt on the soles.

Once on top I retrieved my water cache and headed down over the saddle. The sun was up, the wind died down and water was flowing everywhere. It was awesome! Took a break up on top past the notch, saw two people begin their descent on the other side, then tackled the unknown section. There is more EG there than I thought and the climb up to the highest bump was a huffer! Not sure I crossed from the north to south side of the ridge at the right spot, but saw a cairn up high and went for it! Took a break on the bump and watched the progress of the two following.

Down to Hiero then back up the other side. Had to take some quick breathers here too! Almost around to the chute and the two behind me finally caught up. We took a break and chatted for a few minutes then finished the climb to the small saddle. They mentioned that they climbed Weaver's a couple weeks ago and would be going back soon and that I should join them, that they would get me to the top. A helluva offer and one I'm considering!

They took off up the chute and I followed soon after. The sun popped-out so I took a break at the hoodoos west of the peak. Got strong cell reception so sent updates out to Pam and my parents. The rocks made a perfect recliner so I sat and soaked up some rays and had a snack.

The down-climb from 5057 is tough and seems to take forever! By the time I reached the lowest drainage I was pretty tired. Had to pluck some cactus out of my hand and take some pix of the water flowing there. Over to the Boulder Saddle and down Carney. Extra challenging with tired legs! Pam was waiting at the bottom, taking pictures.

We loaded up and headed to Mining Camp. Once there the sun poked through the clouds and turned the mountains reddish. And the sunset just got better and better so Pam took off down the road to get a better spot. I finished changing into dry clothes and went to find her. We got some cool pix of one of the best sunsets I've seen. All the way into town it got better! We stopped and had food and drinks at our new favorite spot in AJ. A great finish to a great day! Thanks again Pam for all the help!! :D :D
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