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Peak 3399 - Goldfield Quad, AZ
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Peak 3399 - Goldfield Quad, AZ 
Peak 3399 - Goldfield Quad, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2015
Hiking7.90 Miles 1,899 AEG
Hiking7.90 Miles   4 Hrs   33 Mns   1.84 mph
1,899 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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This was another spur-of-the-moment hike. Still hemming-and-hawing whether I would go for a hike or succumb to my list of chores I took a glance at my to-do list of hikes my brutal Peak 3231 hike just over two weeks ago along with the unfinished business of Peak 3399 came to mind.

Why not finished the old business? Temps are ~20° lower and the humidity is about half so I might as well get to it. This time I planned to go light and make it a fast one. (a la JJ?) Even then 80% of the weight will be fluids, in this case I took a half-gallon. (I would drink another 32 oz before setting off)

Averaging 3 mph while still on the Dutchman Trail I had high hopes to wrap this hike up before the temps reached mid-80's. Then the off-trail stuff began and my speed dropped like a rock and it soon began to remind me of a few weeks ago. After all, even a 'low' 45% humidity is not exactly pleasant and by time I hit the false summit I had already gone through half my fluids and it was about to hit 90°.

By time I crossed the saddle to the summit, drinking half of the fluids I had left (only 16 oz) I should have taken the relatively easy ridge down to the northeast, catch the tail end of Tim's Saddle trail back to the Dutchman. But over the years I have gotten so tired of the last few miles of the Dutchman Trail I just couldn't bring myself to do it.

So I set off in the general direction of First Water, skirting the steep slopes while keeping an eye out for any signs of a trail. Here and there I would find the odd cairn, but never anything that made enough sense to believe they were part of a trail so I just kept wandering over hill and dale, eventually following a track roughly parallel to but slightly south of the Dutchman Trail until reconnecting just before the Second Water junction. I had finished the last of my fluids a full hour before completing the hike and with the temp now over 100° I was glad to see the Jeep and the cold fluids waiting for me. I'd drink another 32 oz on the drive home, so before, during and after the hike I consumed a full gallon of fluids yet just like before, I still lost 6 lbs.

Are there any lessons to be learned here?
- Never again go light and go fast?
- Never add unnecessary off-trail distance to just avoid the Dutchman?

I'm sure there are more but what difference will it make? I may not go light very often, but I'm sure I'll continue to add more off-trail wandering to almost any hike I do so I simply accept it and move on... or more accurately, hike on!

No video this time... going light meant I had a smaller camera so my normal ritual was disturbed and I simply forgot to film the video. Does that mean I need to return again? Nope! (At least no until it's another 20° cooler)
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