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Battleship - Yellow Peak Loop, AZ
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Battleship - Yellow Peak Loop, AZ 
Battleship - Yellow Peak Loop, AZ
Hiking17.96 Miles 4,519 AEG
Hiking17.96 Miles   9 Hrs   50 Mns   2.36 mph
4,519 ft AEG   2 Hrs   13 Mns Break
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After 6-7 years, was good to stand on the battleship again. A bonus was to bag Yellow Peak while out there. Started out about 6:45am, enjoyed some nice, brisk, but not too-cold weather as we crossed over the ridge and back down into the Supes off of Boulder Canyon Trail, with sights set on the ship. Years ago, I remembered the throat of the ship being a lot scarier than it was this time. Last time I had seen the graffiti (see photo) but not the slice of pie, that was a pretty cool sight. We all dared each other to jump, but no one was crazy enough to actually do it. Reaching the top, we heard another group of HAZers making their way to the ship. After hanging out at the top a little while, we headed south toward the descent and ran into the team there (skillpore, Tortoise Hiker & wallyfrack).

After hanging out with them a while we said by to Ray, and Joe and Bruce and I headed for a loop around Yellow Peak. When we reached our climbing spot, Bruce went on, opting to hike around and check out a cave while we went for the peak. The Yellow Peak scramble was pretty quick and easy, not too much brush to show us down. Once we got to the top, I was surprised to see a peak register canister. It (appropriately) had a yellow lid. I opened it up and to my surprise, there was some really nice Norwegian chocolate in there. I said "Joe! There's chocolate in here, let's eat it!" Joe's response, "ahh, that stuff's probably been there forever and pretty gross." Actually no, it had been left just moments earlier that day, thanks to chumley & BobP. (Sorry we didn't catch up to you both, but thanks for the choco surprise!!) Not wasting a lot of time, we headed north across the top of Yellow Peak and down the north side, to meet up with Bruce and hike out. Lots of beautiful views down on our way back to Second Water junction, including one peak that looked like the mountain the Grinch lived on in the Christmas flick.

I stuck with Bruce & Joe until we finished the major part of the climb up and out, then said my goodbyes and sprinted back to the marina so that I could get back home to work.

Thanks Bruce & Joe for the invite and great company! Great hanging a little bit with you again, also, Ray!
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