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Charlebois from First Water THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 16 2014
Bradshaws
Hiking17.80 Miles 2,490 AEG
Hiking17.80 Miles   15 Hrs   10 Mns   1.84 mph
2,490 ft AEG   5 Hrs   30 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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We started our hike at 5:40. It was an absolutely beautiful morning, not real hot with just enough humidity in the air that it seamed cooler than it actually was. We started the hike a an OK pace. We weren't going to break records but there was enough of a pace to get things done.

I knew it was going to be hot this day and because of this I wanted to have at least 1/3 of the hike done by the time the temps reached the 100s.
I had been watching the weather for several days and I thought that we would see an average high of 100-105. We did get 1/3 of the hike done by the time the temps reach 100 but the temp kept going up and up and up! Now with the temp at nearly 110, that pleasant little bit of humidity became unbearable. It was a factor that I had overlooked. Because of the humidity we were using much more water than either of us had anticipated. Knowing there would be water at the Charleboi spring, we didn't hold back on our water consumption. By the time we made it to Charleboi I had gone though 4 liters of water.

Once we reached Charleboi spring, Both of us were in desperate need of water, shade and rest. We both filled up everything we could, including our cloths, bottle and stomachs. After everything had been water it was time to rest. I found a spot in the roots of an enormous cottonwood, removed my shoes and laid down. I could have stayed there forever but we still had a long and VERY HOT hike ahead of us.

After resting for nearly 2 hours, pack up all out gear, gave our cloths one last wetting then headed out. Our pace was now MUCH slower. We left the spring and headed to the Master Map. At the Master Map, we took some pictures but my mind was in another place. I knew that the hike out was going to be an absolute KILLER and I could think of little else.

Now with my pack as heavy as can be and the temps as hot as they could be, we started back to the cars. I was completely burnt out. I could only muster up the strength to hike .25 - .5 a mile at a time. Between each one of these tiny spurts I would have to stop and rest and by rest I mean I would shed my pack and lay down in whatever shade I could find. In the beginning of our hike out, Larry and I stuck together but soon we found ourselves leapfrogging down the trail. He would stop and I would keep going, then I would stop and he would pass me by. This carried on for most of the hike out. It wasn't till the sun went down that I muster up ever bit of strength I had left( plus I drank my last 5hour energy and eat 2 caffeinated gels) put on my headlamp and told Larry I was going for it. Larry wished me luck and asked that I wait for him at the TH. The last 3 miles were a blur. I'm not sure if it was the dark, my speed or my state of delirium but I made it. At about 100 yards from the TH I could see the light from my headlamp reflecting off the signs at the parking lot. I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO HAPPY!! I stumbled in to the parking lot then ran to my car. I dove into my car and turned on the A/C and began to drink all the cold water in my ice chest.

While I sat waiting for Larry, I notice lights behind me. I turned around and saw two men with flashlights looking at Larry's car. The first thing I thought was "someone is breaking into his car!" I put my car in reverse and floored it. My car went shooting across the parking lot. I turned on my headlights and sound my car around so it was facing the two men. When the light hit them I saw it was two sherifs officers and both were now pointing their flashlights at me and had their hands on their pistols. I put my hands up and shut off my car.

The Pinal County Sherifs were there for us. They had me get out of the car and go over to the map and show them where I last saw Larry. I showed them where I last saw Larry. I also told them that he would be out any minute now. The sherif explained to me that they had already dispatch the helicopter from Deer valley airport. I t had only been 5 - 10 minute later when Larry came walking out. All was well. The helicopter was turned around, phone calls were made and everyone was happy.
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