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Reverse FlatironPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2013
juliachaos
Hiking9.00 Miles 3,400 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles
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We sorta wanted to "take it easy" this weekend, so decided that a nice leisurely backpacking trip.... would be ultimately boring.

Tim hasn't done too much hiking around AZ, although he's been to several outdoor crags for climbing. I decided it's about time for him to get a few of the good hiking fundamentals under his belt, but neither one of us likes doing things the easy way. I figured the best way to see the Flatiron for the first time was to just go at it from Crosscut and figure things out from there. And why not camp at the top when we got there? Seemed like a neat idea.

I've been on this route twice before, but was unsatisfied either because of how roundabout the route seemed, or how scary the crack climbing was. We decided on a route that followed a draw and then ridge in between the two previous routes. I put Tim in front to make things more interesting for both of us. (This would also be his first ever *bushwhacking* bushwhack.)

The hiking was slow but good, and the day was agreeable. We climbed up the terrain, intending to skirt the draw to the left of us. At some point we came upon a natural cave-like feature and took a break. Looking up, I saw some old graffiti from 1938/1951. One of the contributors was B. Ellis... "BEWARE," it said, among two skull-and-crossbones pictorials.

A quick break, and then plodding onward and upward, soon realizing that the draw had actually become a canyon. We headed up farther, closer to a route J-Beans and I had taken a year ago. The going was slow with the packs on, and I was wary of my left wrist/hand. (There may have been a bike accident the holiday before, and green celebratory spirits may or may not have been a factor.) We skipped the Seven Cent Crack and opted for a scree route near the top. Not bad, but my feet were tired of me by this point. The sun set and we walked along the topout to the Flatiron.

It was very windy and hazy, but the city lights were actually quite nice from above. A brief fireworks display burst intermittently in the distance. No sounds but the wind and occasional bass-thumping from below. (.....really not sure why we could hear that.) We cracked open some Fat Tires and enjoyed the solitude. We'd seen exactly zero people since leaving the trailhead, which was more than perfect.

Sat quietly in silence, sipped our beers, then slipped back to our packs to set up camp. Wind shelter was an agave and several other pointy plantables. After several attempts, the fuel finally stayed lit, and we had food.

In the morning, early hikers woke us up. We ate oranges and granola bars for breakfast over the city. Our hike down the trail elicited interested questions from many of the early hikers. Several of them were either doing the ridgeline or training for it. We inched down Siphon and then nearly ran back to the car. Having a nice comfy Sube at the bottom is always a joy. Drove back to town, where Uncle Chums joined us for a nice beer and a storytelling session.

Awesome, awesome weekend. Will probably not be backpacking that one again. ;)
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