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Shaw Butte Trail #306Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2016
black_toes
Hiking4.41 Miles 1,098 AEG
Hiking4.41 Miles   2 Hrs   23 Mns   2.43 mph
1,098 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
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Routine hike up to the summit from the VC via the longer and less steep N side. My cardio still sucks, and no matter I never fail to dread seeing in front of me that steep straight-away I call "Long Haul." It rises 140' in just .15 mi, or an average of about 900' per mile. It is a gasser for me in my present condition. And then, at the top of the straight-away, I come to "Disappoint Curve," which is out of sight as I trudged the straight-away. At the curve, you sadly realize you are only half-way up Long Haul. Another 77' in el awaits. It is not quite so bad as the straight-away, but it is so disheartening that it feels just as tough. From the end of Long Haul, it seems to me a piece of cake to reach Shaw's summit, which is another .68 mi away.

Finally, at the end of a 91-degree day, I sat on the summit taking in a refreshing SW breeze with a half-dozen other hikers. I started down late and reached the VC in darkness with my lamp on. I stumbled once on the way back toward the N dam. It was before I turned the lamp on. Must've stepped on a loose rock. With a 10-12 pound pack on my back and ridiculous tipping point, I fell forward, out of control, breaking the fall with my arms on a flat stretch with, luckily, no jagged rocks and resulting in only a few minor scrapes. Most of the 4-5 falls I've had in recent years are due, I think, to tired legs. Anyway an otherwise enjoyable hike on a fantastic evening.
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