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Tanque Verde PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking17.45 Miles 4,725 AEG
Hiking17.45 Miles   7 Hrs   1 Min   2.90 mph
4,725 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Headed South for a day-hike with Dallin. I'm always up for ridge walking. This one turned out to be entirely uphill. Definitely a 'ramp' to the peak. Dallin had a little pep in his step and I didn't. We had full sun and I was sweating and wondering why it hurt so much. Passed a group of backpackers on our way up but mostly empty trail. There was water at a few crossings. Nice to hear that sound. Patches of snow clinging to shade fed those drainages. We reached the summit and I fought the urge to nap while eating. Views were nice in all directions. Ladybugs were already gathering on the rocks. On the return, we crossed paths with an enthusiastic backpacking couple and entertained a few stories. Another break was fine with me. The 8.6 miles of downhill felt longer than the uphill, but we finished strong. Mostly fueled by Dallin's food talk. The trail was easy to follow and free of any intrusive vegetation. Grass and catclaw were minimal.
If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

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