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Safford and Panther Peaks LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 13 2013
azdesertfather
Hiking6.25 Miles 2,712 AEG
Hiking6.25 Miles   3 Hrs   59 Mns   1.90 mph
2,712 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
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Had plans to do a segment of the GET today, but ended up not working out due to work schedules and vehicle issues. Ended up deciding to just go do something quick and local. Started out at 9:15am, a little late for a hike this hot and humid, but Nick and I are desert rats, we can take it! :sweat:

Made our way up the Sombrero, actually saw an older gentleman coming down who warned us about the flying ants. Oh, MAN! We peaked out at Sombrero, I went for the register can and it was like magnets to metal, they just latched onto me by the hundreds. I've never signed a register so fast, I couldn't remember what day it was but I was so covered in frikkin ants that I just guessed a date and put it (I signed the 11th, 2 days off :sl: ). There were literally thousands of larger, flying black ants on the peak, so many it looked like the peak was moving. We went over to the other peak for Sombrero, but they were over there too (though not as bad), so we made our way down and started heading down the ridgeline for Panther.

We hit the cave between Sombrero and Panther, and it was super cool. Nice shade, openings on both sides. Nice camp spot!

We maneuvered pretty well until we hit the peak closest to Panther, and we got a little overconfident and didn't check the route...and we cliffed out. Rather than making our way all the way back, we figured out how to drop straight down the SW face about 125 feet. Then we tackled Panther.

Heading down Panther, I remembered that I forgot sunscreen in my rush and I was quickly turning into a redneck. Nick did as well. So I ended up turning my shirt into a turban and covering my neck and bald head. I looked like an idiot, but saved my skin!

Made our way down to the Nickmobile and straight for the gas station for an XL slurpie. We were both down to less than a half liter of water when we made it out, so we were ready for it!

Thanks Nick...good times :y:
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