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Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Jun 18 2016
jacobemerick
Backpack5.85 Miles 2,900 AEG
Backpack5.85 Miles2 Days         
2,900 ft AEG4 LBS Pack
 
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Ever since first climbing Flatiron ~18 months ago I've been thinking of spending a night up there. So, with a severely pared down base weight (hammock, no stove, no tarp, minimal first-aid, etc) and 3 liters of water I headed up there in 110 degree because I didn't want to get cold in a hammock overnight. Spoiler: I didn't get cold in that hammock.

The hike started okay, ~50 minutes to Siphon Draw. Was sweating buckets the whole way. Bumped into two gentlemen on the way and had some good trail talk. The second half was tough. Got separated from the main trail on spurs more than once and about ~500' from top started getting lightheaded and wobbly. Took my time, plenty of shaded breaks, and made it to the top in 3 hours total. Not a time to be proud of, but I didn't feel like pushing it in this heat. Set up the hammock on the first two pines I found, lounged and sipped water for thirty before watching the sunset from Flatiron and settling down for the night. Oh, those two gents - one stayed at Siphon Draw and the other made it 2/3rds up to Flatiron before turning around. Both seemed in good shape when last saw them.

The night was wonderful. Just enough breeze to keep the sweat levels low and warm enough to not need the 1 lb quilt I brought (should have left it at home and hauled more water). Forecast called for 68, don't think it ever got that low, maybe high 70s. Woke up early to watch the moonset from Flatiron and sunrise from Ship Rock before heading down. Bumped into a few groups, maybe six people in all, most of them sticking to Siphon Draw or the lands right above. Only one was pushing on to the top. Everyone seemed to be playing it safe and turning around when they hit their limits. I had one good break above Siphon for second-breakfast and to finish up my water and made it to Mining in 1:50.

Extra:
- holy wah wasps. like, everywhere.
- blooming agaves are purty and have a lot of bees.
- moonsets are legit. need to catch more of those.
- it's stupid hot out there. heard about the hiker on peralta once I got home. know your limits out there.
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