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Reavis Falls 11/1-11/2 backpack, AZ
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Reavis Falls 11/1-11/2 backpack, AZ 
Reavis Falls 11/1-11/2 backpack, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Nov 01 2014
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Backpack13.80 Miles 3,169 AEG
Backpack13.80 Miles2 Days         
3,169 ft AEG30 LBS Pack
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I saw this Event 3 Days after getting back from being on the Road, Camping for 10 Days...And 3 Days before it was due to take place. :sweat: I haven't Backpacked in a Year and I haven't really done anything strenuous in quite awhile...So I had doubts. I wasn't sure about Stephen, but I knew Steve would be in great shape, so of course, I worried... ;) I've read the Triplogs in the Past and knew the Hike out could be some tough uphill. It's also been awhile since I've carried much Weight...That Apprehension was coupled by the Knee/Leg problems that killed the Fun on my last Backpack...But I've really been wanting to do this Hike, so I figured it all out... :)

First, I compromised on Weight since this was just an Overnight, and crammed everything but Cooking Gear into my poor, failing 40 Liter Day Pack...As sad as that Pack is, I had my Fingers crossed that there wouldn't be an Equipment Failure. All of the Duct Tape holding that Pack together did it's job... :D

Second, I opted not to Carpool with Steve and get a Head Start on them. That way I could take my Time going in and take some Breaks if I had to and not hold anyone up....I didn't get as early of a Start as I hoped, due to a Freeway Closure I didn't know about and then stopping a few times along the Way for Photo Ops... :sweat: I hit the Trail a little after 9:00 A.M.

After doing Reavis with Joe a couple of Years back, I was thinking that there was more uphill on the way in, but it wasn't bad at all and I turned off to head for the Creek. Once the Descent started and continued, my Thoughts turned to the Hike out... :sweat: I had a feeling that I would be doing the Hike out by myself and that it would take me all day.... :sl: Going Down was no Picnic as I had to watch my Footing a lot due to loose Rock and Scree...I also had to do some Matrix type Moves to get around some Cacti that was threatening to overtake the Trail in spots... :sweat:

After a couple of Breaks, I hit the Creek and took a long Break...I kept thinking that Steve and Stephen were going to catch up to me, but they never did...I figured they got a later start as well and I knew they would stop and mess around the Ruins a bit...I scouted out the Camping Spots and then just did some Exploring Off-Trail around the Banks of the Creek...My Pantless Legs and Sleeveless Arms did not appreciate it very much... :sweat:

After awhile, the Guys showed up and we got Camp set up...It was starting to get Late, so we hit the Afterburners and headed upstream for the Falls...I would have taken more time to get Photos of the Sweet Pools along the Way, but Darkness on the way back was a concern, so I didn't stop much. Although the Falls did not have much Flow, they were impressive and I'm glad I finally got to see them! We stayed for a bit and then headed back to Camp.

The Weather Forecast had mentioned a chance of Rain on Sunday and it was true to it's word...It started to Rain a little about Midnight...I got up and rearranged my Camp a bit since I was in my Bivy, and then went back to Sleep, with everything staying Dry... :)

The next Morning, I got Packed Up and decided to take off ahead of the Guys...I was actually feeling pretty good and amazed myself slightly at my Progress Hiking out. It almost seemed easier than going down, as I didn't have to worry so much about my Footing and Slipping so much...I got into a Rhythm and after a while, the Guys caught and passed me, but took a Break further up...We ended up just Leap Frogging each other and I ended up Hiking out with them once we hit the Main Trail...And I was still feeling good! :y: We actually made great Time and I hit the TH and the Vehicles not too long after the Guys...And amazingly, I wasn't even hurting... :DANCE:

We parted ways from there and I stopped a few times on the Way home because the Storm Clouds and Light was just too good to Resist...It was a Beautiful Day for a Hike and a Great Weekend all together...Steve, it was great to see you again and thank you for putting on this Event! : app : Stephen, it was very nice to meet you and fun Hiking with you! :) It was an Excellent Way to ring in November! :D
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A few Sycamores turning at Reavis Creek near the Falls....
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Within 1/2 Mile of Reavis Falls

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