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Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2016
syoung
Hiking5.91 Miles 2,876 AEG
Hiking5.91 Miles   2 Hrs   53 Mns   2.05 mph
2,876 ft AEG
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Heading up earlier than normal for me; hitting the mountain around 10am. A steady stream going up and down. I made great time up, as I had a wedding walk to attend later in the day, taking in the scenes was definitely not in the forecast. On the way back down I chatted with Ed for a bit (forget his name on here) and then continued on my way. About 10 minutes later, however, I stepped off of a rock and my right ankle rolled over. We have all rolled our ankles out and about and generally I get a bit of weakness and I just slightly baby it the rest of the way. This one was different. It felt like the time I had broken this same ankle several years prior during a soccer game. I couldn't put any weight on it at all. The pain and gravity of the situation really took my breath away. I pulled up a seat on the nearest rock and assessed the situation. There was no immediate bruising - so I assumed it wasn't broken. Even so it was extremely weak and the swelling had started in.

I made the decision to keep on going and try to reach the first saddle. Each step was carefully placed to lessen the chance of essentially falling over. Making the saddle was an immense moral victory. Up until that point the possibility of catching a ride on a whirly bird loomed large. I really did not want to be that guy. Descending down from the saddle, and through the slick rock, proved troublesome on one good leg. Thankfully I made it without going over. Upon reaching the trail I felt good to be on relatively flat terrain. The going up and over rocks, however, was agonizing. Overall I managed to roll that ankle 3 more times from the slick rock to the car. It is still not bruised (which is good), and I managed to hobble all over downtown Mesa yesterday afternoon for the wedding walk thing, but going up and down stairs was not pretty in the least.

February strikes again! 3 years in a row. Ugh.
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