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Thompson Peak from Dixie Mine THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2013
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking9.30 Miles 2,438 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   5 Hrs   17 Mns   2.21 mph
2,438 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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My one hike partner, Mike, spends only January of each year in Arizona.
He uses his time in Arizona to get in shape for one of his annual adventures in February and March. Adventures like hiking the Appellation Trail, hiking in the Andes Mountains or the Himalayan Mountains etc. This year he and his wife leave for New Zealand soon, so he can "tramp" (hike) all over the South Island. On his last hike in Arizona, he wanted to get in a bit of quick elevation, so Thompson Peak here we come.

We started via the Dixie Mine Trail, and proceeded to the Thompson Pk Road and up we went.
This was Mike's first time up to the "Antennae Farm", and I'm sure he was wondering why I wanted to hike on a road. I told him that the road gets ridiculously steep in places, but I'm sure he didn't initially grasp the term "steep".

I hike up Thompson Pk every year and my reaction each year is the same. Half way up the paved and unpaved road, I start laughing at the road's incline. It's nuts. Mike didn't laugh, but he's a believer now.

We talked to some workers up atop the Peak, who were working on the new microwave tower that was built last year. One guy said that they drive down from the Peak in a super low gear, at a very slow speed, and he personally drives down with the truck door open.
He's ready to jump out, if anything happens to the transmission or brakes etc.
He said, "They can buy a new truck, but I can't buy a new me". I concurred with his thoughts and his "open-truck-door-policy".
He services other "high mountain top" towers also, and he said this one is his least favorite to drive. Of course, he then went back to work and nonchalantly climbed to the top of the new tower like it was nothing. :)

The new tower(s) built last year were built at the location that was used for the helipad, so they built a new helipad in what used to be a nice place for hikers to sit & have lunch. They have now pretty much used all of the available flat space atop Thompson Pk. There ain't no more.

We hiked back down the road for a very short distance, and then transitioned to a ridgeline the rest of the way to the flat area below. It's easier on the feet to hike down on softer ground, plus it seems more like hiking.

Same wonderful views as usual, and this hike was an excellent send off for Mike.
I'm now back to solo hiking and finding those elusive benchmarks.
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