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Cheops PlateauNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Mar 23 2013
joebartels
Hike & Climb19.50 Miles 7,700 AEG
Hike & Climb19.50 Miles   11 Hrs   20 Mns   2.21 mph
7,700 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
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Cheops Round 2 - Electric Blue Boogaloo

Bob's meeting times are a little earlier than Bruce's so I had to start sleep starvation a few days prior. All good to go and heading up I realized I didn't pack much warm clothes. Luckily Bob lent me another shirt and a runners head band to keep my ears from freezing off. Unknowingly I finally got to hike with Uncle Chums and his niece. Unfortunately she had to leave before we thawed out.

I suppose the Snowshoe Bandit and the Norwegian Ice Cube like ridiculous cold, wind and pure misery. Ugga bugga not this cowboy! Luckily sane Denny was in the mix.

While I'm not sure I love the off-trail terrain travel as much as Bob I do know the views in that amphitheater heading to Cheops are top notch. Not much has change since last year. I went up to the moment of truth spot, said forget it and eat lunch. Everyone else made it up without issue! They spent over an hour indulging up top. Meanwhile I cried. My tears froze mid air then shattered in poetic harmony on the rocks below. I thought about how I would never abandon a fellow hiker and their responsibility... okay I'm making most of that up, except it was friggen cold waiting below!

Great day, thanks everyone! My gps route wasn't worth editing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn8ALknC ... e=youtu.be
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