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West Peak C-50 Crash SiteTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 10 2015
Hiking6.91 Miles 2,301 AEG
Hiking6.91 Miles   4 Hrs   54 Mns   1.77 mph
2,301 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break8 LBS Pack
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This morning, we converged from two different counties and two different points on the compass to our rendezvous. From there, we began our long bumpy drive to our parking point below West Peak and were now all about the hike. Today’s hike would be a rather unique one to visit a decades old crash site of a tanker plane. The description tells its story, so I shan’t go into details about that.

For lack of an actual, recorded track, Roy had come up with some sort of an extrapolation that landed us right where we wanted to be with minimal difficulty (Way to go Roy!!!).

Once at the crash site, everyone seemed to be in their own world, connecting (or at least trying to) with each piece of debris which littered an enormous area. Everywhere you turned, there was more debris. Each time you turned, it was a new angle on what you’d already seen. The scene is very complex and will probably only make any sense to those lucky enough to revisit again and again.

Before our return, we took lunch at the site, and whilst all participants were in one spot, Roy laid the history of this craft, and its final flight on us all. I can only speak for myself, but felt I had done an honor by sweating my way here to absorb the air where this father and son team gave their lives defying their greatest foe. In that sense, this is a monumental hike. Not a feather in the cap, not one off the list, not accepting the challenge. This is a visit to an actual monument to human spirit and is quite worth the long commute, rough road, sweat and blood-letting that is all part of this quest.
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