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Supes - Ridgeline Plus, AZ
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Supes - Ridgeline Plus, AZ 
Supes - Ridgeline Plus, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking12.74 Miles 5,443 AEG
Hiking12.74 Miles   8 Hrs   43 Mns   1.65 mph
5,443 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
The plan was, the Turtle and I would start in the cool pre dawn hours and hike from West to East. We'd hit the Flatiron, 5024, come off the 5024 to the east and meet up with the ridgeline. Next 5057, where we'd meet up with Ray, starting from the Carney side.

On the ride over, Denny mentioned that here was a missing hiker whose car had been found at The Mining Camp Restaurant. There appeared to be a rather large SAR contingent as we were walking through Lost Dutchman State Park.

Atop the Flatiron, there was a lone chopper searching around the Siphon Draw area. When we got to the 5024, this was about the time they found the base jumper who had fallen 100' while climbing. So so sad.

We hopped off the East side of 5024 to take a short cut to the Ridgeline. The route worked out pretty well. On the way to 5057, I got to see my second Gila Monster. So Cool.... Denny was trying to keep it all secret, walking right past it.

I'd forgotten how big of a climb it was getting to the 5057'. At the chute, we met out first hikers on the Ridgline.

Unbelievably, we had 5057 to ourselves. At this point I texted Ray letting him know where we were. He informed me that The Flu he'd been recovering from, had gotten the better of him, and his attempt to meet us at 5057 would not be. He made it to the false saddle on the way to Boulder and had to turn around. He said not to fear thought, he'd be back later with cold drinks! Yea Ray.

East of 5057, we ran into our second on the Ridgeline. "You must be Ray's Friends" he said. It ended up being HAZ's own "Hiking_Fool" Mike, doing his own Ridgeline from the east. Good to meet you! I also ran into an ex-coworker a little farther down.

On the decent to Carney we ran into a group of 8 backpackers. "You must be the guys that started at Flatiron". "Hey everybody, these are guys that started at flatiron!" Ray had turned us into celebrities. Denny's Hat no longer fit his head.

As promised, the sickly Ray was waiting at Carney with a choice of cold beverages. What a guy and greatly appreciated.

Good to finally get this end to end ridgeline completed. Thanks for joining Turtle aka Dickie.
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Bees bush was blooming and saw my first Poppies of the year
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