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Cheops Plateau & Pyramid Dayhike, AZ
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Cheops Plateau & Pyramid Dayhike, AZ 
Cheops Plateau & Pyramid Dayhike, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2013
joebartels
Hiking23.10 Miles 9,300 AEG
Hiking23.10 Miles   14 Hrs   35 Mns   1.70 mph
9,300 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break12 LBS Pack
 
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For the plateau we took the use-trail further over and headed straight up to the saddle over a long scree slope. It started out with larger rocks that got progressively smaller further up. The scariest part of the day was when I felt a good area around me slightly shift. The best route IMO is to ascend immediately and take the trail under the wall over (jj3 was right).

The difficult part on my last two attempts did not phase me going up today. I kinna knew it too from watching my video of Chums and Denny. Both breezed it then questioned the crossover more which I'd done several times. Big thanks to Bob, jj3 and all for helping put this one away. Excellent views up top and it's just nice to be on flat stable ground. jj3 headed down a ways to the Pyramid bridge. Just watching turned my stomach ( I think it was giving him the heebee jeebees too...lol )

Ten days ago we nearly froze, today was perfect to almost toasty. I was pretty tired coming down the plateau. jj was set on tackling the Pyramid, my whining was pointless. Midway over on the east contouring across the dreaded slopes I tried to change my attitude and accept the opportunity. What I thought would be an easy ascent up the south end of the Pyramid was more involved. Nothing difficult. Similar to ascending either side of peak 3 on the Mother Load. Fun bomber hand holds, up up up.

The views atop the Pyramid are spectacular. The best part was beyond views. It is the feeling of being on the tiny perch. Seeing the steep sides of the Pyramid hours earlier may have added to that feeling too.

For the hike back to Utah Flats we followed a route I plotted out on Route MGR. It worked very well and before we knew it Cheops was fading away quicker than anticipated.

My favorite part of these hikes is the hike back to the rim. It was more of a nightmare as I was tapped out. It took me 3h 10m to get out. jj got up a half hour quicker (3rd time and the gap is getting out of control). On the flat part above the halfway point I was almost ready to jump off the edge due to misery. Then with 0.9mi to go I gave in and took two ibuprofen. Probably should have done that earlier. Went from a stumbling crawl to running the last half mile like it was nothing. jj was sound asleep upon arrival...lol

Now the morning after I feel pretty good. Yesterday I swore this off as my most difficult hike. More sleep, water without gritty sediment and an understanding of the route will certainly make the next go easier.

Traversing the west side of the plateau seems feasible. We tried but came to a down climb that looked a bit too risky. The only other way to the west meant heading way down to the Isis bridge. That wrap around if possible might chew up an hour. The lowest east approach (our return) seems to be the ticket.

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