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2022-01-11  
Aborted Mount Ord, AZ
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Aborted Mount Ord, AZ 
Aborted Mount Ord, AZ
 
Hiking12.38 Miles 3,262 AEG
Hiking12.38 Miles   5 Hrs   16 Mns   2.76 mph
3,262 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
 
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I woke up this morning with cold chills -- my first thought was that I was coming down with COVID. Then I looked over at a calendar and realized that it was already 11 days into the new year and I hadn't hiked Mount Ord yet -- that turned out to be the cause of my chills. To remedy the situation I jumped out of bed, took my boots off, put my hiking shoes on, and out the door I went, making a beeline for the Slate Creek TH!

The TH was empty when I arrived -- no surprise there as there is hardly ever anyone there during the week. I had my microspikes in the truck, but in the excitement to be hiking up to Ord again, I forgot to put them in my backpack. That would haunt me later.

It was a cool morning, but that made for a pleasant uphill hike. I decided to bypass the gully at the 2.5 mile mark by going uphill before the gully and hitting the road up above the gully. The first 10 feet or so of the bypass was a bit steep, but beyond that wasn't bad.

I hit a bit of snow on FR 27 at about 5,600 feet, but it was only for a short stretch and wasn't hard to deal with. Once on FR 626 I hit some snow starting at about 6,000 feet in the usual north-facing places, but they weren't too bothersome until about 6,300 feet or so when I hit a stretch that was basically solid ice on a fairly steep part of the road. I guess that I could have gone up it, but I didn't want to come back down it without microspikes, so I decided that since discretion was the better part of valor, that I should probably call it a day and head back down. With microspikes I would not have had any qualms with continuing the hike, so I think that I will head back up there later in the week (with spikes) and trek up to the summit.
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May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
 
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