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North Mountain - PhoenixPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2016
black_toes
Hiking5.31 Miles 940 AEG
Hiking5.31 Miles   2 Hrs   58 Mns   2.43 mph
940 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
 
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I stretched this hike out another mile and a half by doing a segment of the inner basin. The round-trip distance from the VC on 7th St to the summit is roughly 3.8 mi. But after coming off the mountaintop, I stopped at the Trupiano bench and debated whether to extend the hike into darkness. I checked the batteries in my headlamp to be sure they were good and took off about 10 minutes before sunset, going clockwise. My rule of thumb is that darkness sets in 30 minutes after sunset. At 1855, I reached the E end of the north dam and finally turned on my lamp, arriving back at the TH 10 minutes later. I passed three other groups with lights, enjoying a spectacular evening in the wilds with only the "yows" of Gambel's quail as company.

With this hike, I now feel comfortable with my gear. The first downhill test on my new Merrell Ridge Pass mid-tops worked out fine. Don't believe I will suffer black toes as I did in the early days of hiking with ill-fitting shoes. Also I finally got my GPS 62st operating efficiently again. For weeks it had taken 8-10 minutes to load, a real inconvenience. I called Garmin and was advised to do a software update via Base Camp. The GPS now loads in less than 10 seconds.

Something else is going on too. I have a lot more late-day energy. That's important becuase that's when I usually find time to hike, in late-day. This energy boost coincides with my recent return to juicing. I do cocktails of apples, celery, carrots and beet roots. I think, from what I've read, it is the beet root that is supplying the energy. Hail, then, to the hearty beet.
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