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Stewart MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2016
Hiking3.73 Miles 1,819 AEG
Hiking3.73 Miles   3 Hrs   39 Mns   1.07 mph
1,819 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
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Well after a restless night of pouring over spreadsheets and topo maps and frantically hitting the F5 button on Lists of John :y: I was somehow able to drag myself out of bed to climb Stewart Mountain, Peak 2961 and Peak 2931. I used Joe's route from years ago and up I went. Great, my favorite type of mountains, loose pea gravel...

But I made it first up 2961, down, then over to Stewart Mountain then over to 2931. 2931 marked what's been a long string for me of the shortest mountain being the hardest. It seemed the steepest and had the loosest scree.

The ~1 mile boulder hopping chute down between Peaks 2961 and 2931 held a first for me. I could feel a rock I was standing on slightly vibrating from I believe a rattlesnake below it. I looked, but never saw it and kept moving. The smooth granite boulders in the wash/draw/chute are particularly slippery and my shoes are getting low on tread so that was fun.

All in all, a great day.
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