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Four Peaks Mother Lode Attempt, AZ
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Four Peaks Mother Lode Attempt, AZ 
Four Peaks Mother Lode Attempt, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2018
Hiking7.07 Miles 2,866 AEG
Hiking7.07 Miles   10 Hrs   58 Mns   0.89 mph
2,866 ft AEG   3 Hrs    Break
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Headed up for yet another Mother Lode attempt with a group of four others. Was hoping that more people == more chance of success... didn't quite work out that way. Tried to hit sunrise from top of Brown's but we moved too slow for that, missed it by a solid hour. After a short break we made a painless descent to the 1-2 saddle and accidentally dead-ended on that divot there, which caused a demoralizing backtrack followed by a fairly clean ascent up 2. Descent down 2 was soul-crushingly slow. There were rumblings of a mutiny before we hit 2-3 saddle, and a few minutes into that break all four of them were set on a retreat down to Amethyst Trail. I had been carrying summit brews for everyone, planning on sharing at Amethyst, decided to selfishly hog them to ease my saltiness at this betrayal. Descent down from the saddle was surprisingly easy (well-defined path heading down on the north side of the drainage) and a sour ale buzz made the rest of hike out passable.

One of these days, Mother Lode, one of these days...

(PS think there was a @DallinW and @The_N sighting on Peaks 4/3 too!)
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