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The Veta Madre, AZ
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The Veta Madre, AZ 
The Veta Madre, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2013
The_Eagle
Hiking5.46 Miles 2,226 AEG
Hiking5.46 Miles   4 Hrs   8 Mns   1.50 mph
2,226 ft AEG      30 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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BiFrost
BobP
joebartels
The Plan
My first Brown's Peak summit and Mother Lode.

The Setup
The weather during the first part of the week was perfect.
Then rains hit the Valley, Thursday Night into Friday. Snow was forecast for Four Peaks.
Since this is the shortest daylight of the year we met at 4:30 in the Valley, for a 6:30a hike start.

The Cast
Karl - Bifrost
Bob - BobP
Joe Bartels as the Beaver
Me - Coanbru

The Drive
Karl was nice enough to drive. Turning on Four Peaks Road for the 20 mile drive in, and after about 5 miles in, we were socked in by clouds the rest of the way to the TH. Sometimes visibility was down to 10'. No snow was seen until we almost reached the TH at 5,700'.

The Hike
It took awhile to get everyone motivated enough to get out of the warmth of the truck.
Everyone was trying to figure out how much clothing to bring. The wind is blowing, the clouds are zipping past, and being a person that wears glasses, this is about as bad as it gets. (It gets worse).

Temp at the beginning of the hike is 32 degrees with a wind. The more elevation we start gaining on our march to the top, the cooler it gets. The talk begins about maybe we just do Brown's today. We start our climb up the chute with snow about 8" deep. It's now down to 26 degrees and the wind is blowing like a biznatch. Note to self.... If you intend to do anymore hikes like this, at least get some waterproof trail shoes and some bring warmer gloves.

Getting to the first up climb over exposed rock (covered in ice), and I knew it was over for me. Bob and Joe did their best to offer up options that went up, but for me the smart thing was to put my tail between my legs and retreat.

On the way down we hit the Amethyst Trail (More or less) to the Four Peaks Trail to make a mini loop. We had trouble finding the Amethyst Trail in spots. On the Amethyst, we literally got our first views of the day with Roosevelt Lake coming into view. The clouds were pretty incredible. The Four Peaks Trail was a smooth cake walk back to the TH where Karl had Barley Pops on ice for us.

Thanks for setting this one up Bubby..... good to see you again.
Great meeting Karl for the first time. I see more hikes in the future.
Joe-Joe.. a blast as always. Thanks for the Orange Topper.

Short Video :next: https://www.youtube.com/embed/abOIjmJb61s
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Four Peaks Wilderness
Meteorology
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Hard Rime Ice Snow
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