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7th Annual New Year's Day Hike, AZ
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7th Annual New Year's Day Hike, AZ 
7th Annual New Year's Day Hike, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2018
tibber
Hiking3.12 Miles 1,836 AEG
Hiking3.12 Miles   4 Hrs   29 Mns   0.89 mph
1,836 ft AEG      59 Mns Break
 
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Pam worked hard to get me on this one as the elevation gain freaked me out but I reluctantly agreed knowing that champagne and chocolate covered strawberries and cookies were worthy of the climb up that beautiful mountain.

The drive on the 101 to the south presented with the most incredible smog I have ever seen. My camera was just not in a good position to grab for a quick picture. And when I got out of the car, the smell was more like smoke. Joe and I had a chance to converse in the cold until Pam showed up for our drive out to the TH.


Everyone on the list showed up and Terry and James with a +1. And per usual, a great group of people, most of whom I did not hike with because as per usual, I was bringing up the tail :lol: . I somewhat felt bad for those that would have to wait on top for awhile so I was grateful the weather couldn't have been better for that.

The climb was indeed challenging almost the entire way up and the entire way down. But I got 'er done. We did get to see sheep four times so that in and of itself made it an even more rewarding day. The views really are pretty good all the way but from the first saddle up they are spectacular; especially with the inversion layer hanging low to reveal only the tips of mountains to our southeast. The trail choices were a bit of a mystery at times too but I guess that's the fun of it. After the next little flat section you get to do the climb up to the northwest summit. I like those kind of climbs as it's through a rocky area and little ups and downs. It was really cool when I first spotted the group off in the distance.

I had the glasses so I'm sure everyone was glad we finally arrived. Pam's rule is no popping champagne or eating until everyone is aboard. The views were just so spectacular all the way around. And because we got up there late, it didn't seem we got to enjoy it long enough for my tastes. We made sure for everyone to sign the summit log. I took pictures of the log including the entry from @Dude.

And now it was time to get off this mountain but not before we got a view of another sheep before we descended. We were all dreading this and as has been previously mentioned, it wasn't as bad as we thot. Not to say it was a walk in the park as there were some slippery and steep places as well as a discussion before the little saddle on the best route to there from where a few of us had gathered. It was rather comical watching those at the saddle suggesting the best way to come down.

After a short time to re-group, we finished off the hike except I took one wrong route and ended up coming straight down a scree field and ended up on my tush and broke my nail on my little finger half way down, ouch!; Otherwise a nice soft landing. And a little while later, we got to see the sheep again. What fun!

Soon we finally arrived back at the parking lot. And after forcing several people to try the peanut brittle ale from AZ Wilderness Brewery, well mostly Olivia :lol: , we all went our separate ways. It was a fun day though my knee didn't think so. Hopefully it's just tired.

Thanks again Pam for putting this together and insisting that I come. I am working on the video now and I used some of the pictures other folks took to enhance the quality of the production. The only thing is when I load the pics by time, there are a few pics of the group way ahead so that required additional titling so as not to confuse the viewers. I'll put the links up later this week when they're ready to go. The other thing that takes time of course, is picking the music to go with this foray.

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!
Part 1 to the top: [ youtube video ]
Part 2 at the top for festivities and back down: [ youtube video ] more bighorn sheep
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