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Gateway TH to Thompson Peak, AZ
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Gateway TH to Thompson Peak, AZ 
Gateway TH to Thompson Peak, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 23 2014
Hiking11.20 Miles 2,893 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles
2,893 ft AEG
1st trip
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The name of this hike is a misnomer as I explain here. I first hiked from the Gateway trailhead to Bell Pass. Since I felt pretty good, I then went on an unplanned jaunt through more trail that I hadn't tried before. But after hiking the Prospector Trail and reaching the final stretch for Thompson Peak (Old Jeep Trail), I wasn't feeling too great and had to decide whether or not to continue on to bag my first ever MSP peak. Here was my thought process:

Reasons not to keep going:
* It's hot, and getting hotter
* not totally sure I have enough water left
* I'm already tired
* feel like I've run out of energy
* I've hiked all this way, so, I still have to hike all the way back
* if something happens, they'll need a helicopter
* I could end up as a 30 second blurb on the local news
* not actually sure I'm newsworthy enough to get 30 seconds
* could end up being discussed on the HAZ "injured hiker" forum
* not actually sure I'd merit any discussion on the HAZ forum

On the other hand, here were the reasons I could think of to keep going and bag the peak:
* I want to.

In an unimpressive show of my intelligence, it still took me about 30 minutes of slowly making my way up the Thompson Peak access road before concluding that the peak was not in my destiny today. I trudged slowly back up to Bell Pass, and a seeming 17 days later finally got back to my car.

At 11 miles or so this was again my longest hike in decades. On my way up I also ran into a HAZer for the first time ever. Jamison (whose username I forget) recognized me because I'd listed this hike on the public calendar today. Kind of surreal crossing paths with a random hiker who out of the blue asked, "Hey, are you on" See you around Jamison!
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"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." --John Adams
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