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Shaw Butte - North Mountain Summits, AZ
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Shaw Butte - North Mountain Summits, AZ 
Shaw Butte - North Mountain Summits, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 29 2014
tibber
Hiking7.69 Miles 1,508 AEG
Hiking7.69 Miles   3 Hrs   21 Mns   2.48 mph
1,508 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
Spent the weekend working my fingers to the bones cleaning and such and editing photos. Was supposed to be a weekend working my finger out on my camera :( but since the backpack to Pilot Rock was off... So now it's time to give the legs a workout.

Decided I would do the double summit via a loop but changed my mind on the posted loop. As I was hiking along, I didn't know if I felt up to the double summit as it seemed humid and a little warm but by the time I hit the west side of Shaw Butte; I pretty much made up my mind to give it a try : rambo : .

A couple torn up places, down tree branches, one saguaro down off north side of N Mtn.

A pleasant morning :) and particularly nice on the summits. Started from N Mountain VC, up Shaw Butte:
SHAW BUTTE No one coming up Shaw Butte at my time - don't think that's ever happened as usually someone always passes me. Looks like new fencing around S Butte towers on top south side; unless I just now noticed. Muddy places on W Shaw Butte, the gooey kind that the dogs seemed to like walking thru but no human foot prints.

NORTH MOUNTAIN Haven't been up for over a decade. Last time was with my PT person trying to help strengthen my back around the bulging disc. She would make me talk to her on the way up and I just wanted to breathe whatever air there was so I have come along way since then.
-Firemen up and down a section (hmmm, may have to hike that one more often ;) ).
-Lots of people on N Mtn and their stupid music.
-Reminded me a bit of Thompson Peak as it did have some steep sections but they were thankfully short. I did have to stop for a minute but other than that, I kept on moving.
-Think I may have figured out the going down off trail to do the loop but not sure.
-Sore back when having to go down but didn't bother me otherwise; I think it's from a lack of hiking for two weeks :( .
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