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Mount Peeley SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2015
CannondaleKid
Hiking8.17 Miles 2,059 AEG
Hiking8.17 Miles   5 Hrs   33 Mns   1.82 mph
2,059 ft AEG   1 Hour   4 Mns Break
 
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... what Ray said in his triplog. ;)

Plus a few other tidbits...
1. At the TH we met a UPS driver dressed in a Marine Corp camo outfit (provided by his brother, an active-duty Marine Corp officer) who was scouting for a late-October hunt. He set off ahead of us planning hike to the summit and glass the area from there.

We would meet him again later on our descent from the summit... somehow he missed the large cairn along the trail and had continued some distance along the Mazatzal Divide/AZT Trail before consulting his GPS, when he realized his mistake and back-tracked. During the few minutes we chatted we told him a bit about HAZ and told him to check it out.


2. At the switchback where the AZT hits the trail from the Peeley TH we met a guy hiking the AZT. He was dressed very lightly and wasn't carrying much more than a large fanny pack. I asked him was where had come from and how far he was going, thinking he may be section-hiking, but when he answered "Utah" and "Mexico". Taken aback slightly I didn't have a chance to ask any follow-up questions (Are you being supported? Where did you get your last replenishment? etc.) because he went on to say he saw four mountain lions the night before and wished he had a "better throwing-arm." Again caught slightly flat-footed I didn't even think to ask more about the sightings, thinking whatever I said would come across like I didn't believe him... which I wasn't sure I did completely.

Unfortunately I didn't think to ask what he thought of the AZT conditions through the Mazzies... he was dressed very lightly yet I noticed no cuts/scratches/bruises.

Still with un-asked and thus un-answered questions, we went our separate ways. Just as he went out of sights below us we came upon a dirty, sweaty hat, the kind with flaps for neck protection. The quick assumption was it was the through-hiker's hat, something that later on in the day when the sun is higher he may be a bit miffed when he realizes it is nowhere to be found.
](*,)

On our return leg I brought the hat down to the switch-back where we met him and left it hanging on the wood post in full view, should he return for it... which I seriously doubted he would.

As far as the hike, what more could one ask for? Great weather, great companionship, a nice glance at Sheep as well as hopefully enlisting a new HAZ member. (In truth we can only hope for the last)

With more time to burn, we set off for another hike which didn't pan out well... but that's another story.
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