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7 by photographer avatarsyoung
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Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2016
syoung
Hiking9.63 Miles 3,780 AEG
Hiking9.63 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   2.36 mph
3,780 ft AEG   1 Hour   40 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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I am utterly shocked, again, with how good my legs still feel after doing 24+ miles the past two days. I decided when I woke up that I’d venture out onto the ridgeline a bit to get some of that tasty AEG built up.

As I started off I was making good time until Route Scout announced my mile split times. It turns out, I go much slower when hiking up than on flat ground. Who would have thought?! Haha. I had to turn off the announcements because it was just too frustrating to be several minutes slower than yesterday. I shot up to the Gatekeeper and took a quick break.

Moving right along I definitely felt the AEG kicking my butt. It was a slow plod, relatively speaking, through the basin and to the saddle. Upon reaching the saddle I really began to pick up the pace.

Cresting the second saddle I sat on a cliff and watched the show of several groups of people heading up a gnarly area well off trail to the right of the final wall. It seems to be a popular spot to get funneled into once you get off the trail to the right.

After watching the spectacle unfold I headed out over the saddle and onto the ridgeline. I knew I wasn’t going to out the whole way but I wasn’t sure where I would turn around. As it was, as soon as I started to feel tired that was my signal to hit the brakes and start my retreat.

On the way back down I hit the Gatekeeper again and then continued on my way. I talked to a wonderful lady near the turn off for the Mining Camp for several minutes about hiking, life, etc. She has definitely lived a full life and her energy was infectious. Turns out we share a common, absolutely crazy and inspiring, friend. Small world.
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