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Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2016
Mountain_Rat
Hiking11.27 Miles 4,495 AEG
Hiking11.27 Miles   7 Hrs   53 Mns   1.61 mph
4,495 ft AEG      53 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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I had originally planned to do the Sutherland-Romero loop, but when the alarm went off this morning, that went out the window... Hmmm, Window. Now there's an idea, I thought. I've been wanting to do that one for months now. What I wasn't thinking about while in the morning fog, was that there's no water on a 17 mile / 7,000 ft hike.

Temps were high as I started. Only around the 73 deg mark, but the sweat came on quickly. I made Kimball at an alright rate (3:27 moving, and a 20 minute break). Took ten at the overlook then headed out.

By this time, I had drank and sweat out a lot of water and knew that I would not make Window Peak, but had hopes of completing the entire Finger Rock trail. Unfortunately, I came up short, even of that as I vacuumed the last drops out of my Camel. I turned back about a mile short of the Ventana junction with 2 liters to my name.

As hot as it was with zero shade relief, I was prepared for a slightly thirsty trip down. I was trying to be a little conservative with the water until the lower, hotter section of the canyon, and am glad I did. With about 3 miles left to go, I came upon a guy who had also underestimated his water need vs this slight increase in the temp. He, however went jackpot on fuel just after summiting Kimball. He did not look well, so I gave a half liter and went on. A quarter mile later, I turned back to give him another half(in the form of ice, which is all that I had left). From there, I could do no more than get to my car(where I had post-hydration bottles) and wait a bit to see if he made it out. He did, less than 10 minutes behind me.

At the end of the day, I fell short of a goal, but for the thirsty stranger, it worked out great, so I'm Good! :)
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