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Cheops Plateau and Pyramid Dayhike II, AZ
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Cheops Plateau and Pyramid Dayhike II, AZ 
Cheops Plateau and Pyramid Dayhike II, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 22 2014
joebartels
Hiking24.58 Miles 8,433 AEG
Hiking24.58 Miles   12 Hrs   30 Mns   2.14 mph
8,433 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break16 LBS Pack
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Even with the double loop roller coaster and all looming overhead jj is a sucker for the tea cups. Mickey makes all the rides fun so why not.

We slayed this dragon last year and it was exciting. jj has been hooked ( understatement ) on "the western approach" which wraps around the west. It looks mean, nasty and mighty intimidating. Brilliant disguise...

Okay back up. First you knock out the standard Plateau via the NW ridge. To add a little bite I went down as far as I could to the Pyramid bridge. About 15 feet above what I would consider "on" the bridge it is pretty much a pile of loose rocks. Crazy BobP's go and think later approach waned after roughly 0.001 seconds. Putting a foot out, backup options rolled through the mind. Absolutely none, lol! Onto the next assessment. Would it be doable with a handline? With several hundred feet of exposure to either side methinks you are rolling the dice of life with low odds.

Onto the task at hand jj picked an excellent route that put us right above the Muav to skirt the west. Turns out it's more enjoyable than scary. The cool part is looking back at your route. It still nets "are you kidding me". Along the way we passed a gem of a pillar. jj noticed where another must have collapsed. We wrapped around the south, knocked out the Pyramid then back to the south rim.

domaska mentioned something in the effect to jj that the SE corner of Isis opened up their perspective on redwall possibilities. No joke. Albeit wild imagination, we could make out previously unthinkable routes up Cheops on the north and west... at least two-thirds of the way up anyhow.

Temps were moderate for late May. Took 5 quarts, consumed 7. Should have downed another quart or two. I'm seriously starting to question the amount of iodine they put in the water at Grand Canyon. Each time jj mentions not feeling great after consuming. I've noticed the same effect too to a lesser degree. On the way out we cut it nearly fifty percent with fresh water by chance and noticed it was still overpowering.

Last year we thought it was cool to knock out this daily double in a day from Phoenix. This year we left later, chatted with Lopez at PR and stopped for an hour to eat. All without rushing much and several extra hours to spare.
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Cheops Pyramid Isis Temple
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Tiny yellows on Cheops Plateau. More interesting scrubby spiral specimen on the Pyramid with purple blooms.
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