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Dandrea - Yankee Doodle - Senator Loop, AZ
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Dandrea - Yankee Doodle - Senator Loop, AZ 
Dandrea - Yankee Doodle - Senator Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 30 2015
rayhuston
Hiking15.18 Miles 3,007 AEG
Hiking15.18 Miles   7 Hrs   10 Mns   2.78 mph
3,007 ft AEG   1 Hour   42 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
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Hurling speed: The average moving speed, above which, I tend to hurl when hiking uphill at higher altitudes. That's what was going through my mind as we were approaching Mt Union, just below 8000 feet...just before I hurled. ](*,)

The problem is I don't get enough oxygen at higher altitudes, causing me to breathe faster and faster to make up for the lack of it. The heavy breathing eventually brings on the symptoms of altitude sickness. Some people get headaches. I get nauseous. Prior acclimation works well for me, but I rarely have time for that. It's a drag because it really limits my hiking options during the warm months.

In spite of my issues near the top, the hike itself was enjoyable, especially the company. Views from the summit and Yankee Doodle trail are awesome. Thick stands of pine highlight sections of this loop, providing shade and color for long stretches. Manzanita and alligator junipers provide variety. The route is a bit rough in sections from ATV and motorcycle traffic, which is allowed along most of this loop.

I opted to shorten my hike when we reached the junction with Senator Rd. I was done climbing hills today. Joe joined me. Dave and Bruce continued on and finished the intended loop. We met back at the trailhead a little over an hour later.

The weather was gorgeous. Clear blue skies for most of the morning, giving way to patchy clouds in the afternoon. It was a bit warm during the last few miles, but occasional cloud cover and a slight breeze made it bearable. I managed to stay upright the entire hike and made it home without a scratch, both of which are a first for me when hiking with Joe and Bruce! :y:

Dave, it was nice meeting and hiking with you. Bruce and Joe, it was fun as always. Hope to see you all soon!
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