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Mar 27 2017
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 Peoria, AZ
Prometheus CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Mar 27 2017
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Canyoneering4.00 Miles 800 AEG
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Another good short trek with Jake. The upper portion of this canyon is very sculpted and amazing to see. The two rappels are straight forward with the second one landing you into a nice refreshing pool that at the time we did it was swarmed with bees. No stings but we got out of there quickly. The bottom portion of this canyon is not too pleasant as there are just too many catsclaw to get stuck in and believe me we got stuck a few times. Ah the desert and her beauty of protecting herself with the sharpest items she has. All in all a great way to spend a few hours.
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Feb 23 2017
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Coyote Peak, AZ 
Coyote Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2017
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Hiking5.74 Miles 2,869 AEG
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Just another wonderful day out on the Goldwater. What can be said other than, a tough route, sheep sighting, cargo plane flyby, cliff exposure, blood drawn, a new peak, and in total isolation.
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Oct 30 2016
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Hell's Hip PocketPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Oct 30 2016
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Canyoneering12.40 Miles 1,968 AEG
Canyoneering12.40 Miles   9 Hrs      1.38 mph
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I've had this adventure on my mind for awhile so it was finally time to get it done. Wanting to make it a full adventure and get myself back on the water, I decided to kayak to Blue Tank Canyon from the Acacia picnic area which put me 4 miles away. Nothing like a 2 hour kayak trip to start the day. The morning was perfect, only a few boats on the water to toss me around which is both fun and annoying at times. Upon my entrance into the snaking salt river portion of the lake I could see big horns up on the ridge above which is always sweet to see, my eyes and camera couldn't zoom any further to get a real good sight of them so on my way I went. About a mile from Blue Tank, I spotted four more sheep right near the waters edge which I couldn't believe. I made my way on over to them hoping they wouldn't run away too fast on me, but to my surprise I was able to get as close as you can to them and they didn't budge. The closest I've ever been to one that's for sure, and it was quite the sight to see.

After taking in the sheep sights I finally made my arrival to Blue Tank Canyon. It was nice to kayak right in the narrow portion of it and get as far in as it will let you before you hit ground again. My only concern for the day really was someone taking my kayak while I was out, I know it is a bad thing to think could happen but hey. I gathered my things and made my way up Blue Tank. You are challenged a few minutes in with a good 15ft climb up some boulders, the rock is solid and there are good holds so it was a fun start to the hike. The narrows you go through to start are amazing and then the canyon opens up to greet you with some brushy areas and today all I can say is the brush won. The area is not seen by many so there is no easy way around these brushy areas. In the middle of the canyon is the running spring and a lush area which seems surprising for the area. After I made my way up and past the spring I encountered some fresh scat which I was sure was kitty. I could see faint tracks which would indicate it to be a kitty and I went on full alert and was actually thinking of turning around at this point since there would be no way for me to spot it ahead of time with the brush and many boulders and alcoves in the rock all around for it to be lurking in.

It was a tough decision but I continued on since the confluence of Blue Tank and Hells Hip Pocket was just ahead of me and I thought once I got elevated I would be able to spot anything and be able to see anything moving around. So just after the confluence you can head up and the area opens up to amazing views. Four Peaks are close and you are offered a great view and angle you don't get anywhere else that i've seen. Looking back down on Blue Tank and the area is spectacular and then there it is, Hells Hip Pocket below. I make the traverse above it to get to a spot I can enter the canyon easily. I take a nice break in the shade to eat lunch and hydrate up.

After lunch the fun comes quickly as the technical section of the canyon comes with a downclimb and then the first rappel which is as scenic as they come. A nice sculpted chute right down into a pool you cannot see but know is there as the rope makes the splash after you throw it down. Off rope and into one of the best canyon room I've ever seen. I soak up the view and get my rope ready for the next rappel which is a few feet away. The amazing sculpted rappel into the pool you have to swim. I take a few pictures and enjoy the area before getting on rope again and making my way to the pool. Luckily the water level was just low enough for me to land on a ledge just out of the water which was perfect for me to retrieve the rope and put it away before swimming on down the hallway in some pretty water. Pretty murky that is, a nice aroma was lifted when I stirred the pot but hey it is what it is. With the temps still warm, the water actually felt pretty nice to be in and not chilling you to the bone it could be. Once out of the pool it is time to make my way back to Blue Tank and go back on kitty watch to get on out.

Going back down Blue Tank seemed to be pretty fast and I was back to my kayak in just under an hour, thinking there was a kitty around put a little extra pep in me and I just wanted to get out of there safely and fast. Luckily the only thing I encountered in there were all the lizards sunning up. Back to my kayak and out for the long haul out on the water. The afternoon was terrible as it was boat after boat going by which just made the haul out take forever. But all in all it was a great day and an amazing area to finally see.
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Oct 03 2016
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Bell Trail to the Crack - Wet Beaver CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2016
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Hiking9.00 Miles 1,076 AEG
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Looking for something to do on a day off from work I thought going to an area I had never been to before would be nice, and since my buddy Jake had never been there before either it seemed to be a good idea. But just going to the crack wasn't going to be enough for the day for us that's for sure. I was able to find a little info about Long Canyon and talked Jake into checking it out with me. After getting to the crack and seeing this nice little gem we stopped for a few minutes and Jake put his fishing pole into the water and after just a few casts he was able to catch a whopper. Okay it was just a 3 inch bass but still pretty impressive to actually catch one in such a short amount of time. After our fishing break we started to head on up the other side of the Bell trail to reach our approach for Long Canyon. Now it wasn't the best approach i've ever taken but it worked and up and over the ridge we went and made our way down to the canyon. Immediately we were in some pretty impressive sandstone narrows and we were both surprised and pleased with what we were seeing in this canyon. Feeling a little warm and overheated, the first pool we encountered was a welcomed sight. I thought it was going to be just waist or chest high so in I went first walking with my pack above my head. Just as soon as Jake asked me if it was all chest high and I was about to answer yes, the next step I took put me underwater. A few seconds later when I came back above water I could only hear Jake laughing. Yeah guess who's going first in the next pool we come across. The water felt nice on the warm day though so I didn't mind taking any plunge. The canyon continued on in narrow fashion with a few more pools to cross. We came across only one drop that needed to be rappelled about 15 to 20 feet into a nice shallow chamber of water. The canyon was healthy with vegetation and some beautiful sandstone formations the entire time. We made out way back to Wet Beaver Creek and enjoyed the crack area once more for a few minutes before heading back. Nice area and nice trail, hard to believe it took me this long to get there.
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May 21 2016
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Telescope Peak from Shorty's WellDeath Valley, CA
Death Valley, CA
Hiking avatar May 21 2016
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Hiking21.68 Miles 11,601 AEG
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When most people hear the word desert they often think of the one place I have yet to see, Death Valley. Their misconception of this place is like that of what you see on cinema, a gila monster crawling up on a rock with a perfect saguaro in the foreground while a convertible car goes by on the highway. A place that holds no value, no entertainment to the common person. A barren wasteland where nothing grows and nobody should go into. It's funny to hear certain opinions, it is even more amusing to see their facial expressions and you tell them a story like this.

We drove into the salt marsh past the golden hour, in fact the midnight hour was approaching and I was trying my best to make out the landscape in the dimness from the headlights of a moving vehicle. It was my first time to this place and I couldn't even see it, not knowing if I would get the chance on the way out a part of me was thinking we should have had a different plan as I wasn't even getting to see a place I have dreamed about going. It didn't seem to take long to arrive at Furnace Creek and make the turn for Shorty's Well. You could feel the car shift while driving down the road, the winds were making their presence felt and had me pondering how much it was going to affect us while hiking on up the mountain. We reach our turnoff and proceed down the graded dirt road to Shorty's Well. Bump after bump, you felt every grade in the road where when you reached the soft sand it made you feel grateful for the soft car seats and then we were there.

We stepped out of the vehicle once parked and had our first taste of what the strong gusting winds had blowing our direction. It was quite fierce and we might have looked at each other and knew what was on each others minds but didn't say anything. It was pretty much time to set up camp and get a few hours of sleep. It was the worst night of camping you could have, as Scott set up his tent somehow, Pam would have her car, and I just looked for the best spot on the desert floor to lay down my sleeping pad and close my eyes. The wind wouldn't let you sleep really. After the first hour of laying there with my hoorag covering my face I might have finally faded into the glow of the moonlight. It wouldn't last long, every twenty minutes it seemed a new gust would awaken me out of my sleep. When this happened I would just turn on my light, look at the time and look around me to make sure no desert creatures were lurking around me. This is how the night went for me for the four hours we were there. Suddenly there was a new sensation for me in the darkness, it was my wake up call in the form of a cold wet dog nose. Thanks Rincon.

My adrenaline rush began, it was time to get ready and go which was fine by me since the night wasn't too enjoyable. I stood up as Rincon ran away, dusted myself off from the fresh thick layer of sand that had built up on me during the windy night. I pick up my sleeping pad and see at least five scorpions scatter from the eye of my headlamp. I make sure no more are on my pad before I roll it up and put it away. I head over to Scott to ask him if any were on my back and once I got the answer I was looking for we got our packs ready and headed out to start this adventure.

I had to make sure to touch the well before we left and snapped a picture of it, we met Karl over at his vehicle and started on up the road towards Hanaupah Canyon. The winds were still gusting but seemed to have calmed a bit, in the back of my mind all I could think about was they sucked too much moisture out of me during the night and I felt unusually dry for this type of adventure. The glow from the moon made it to where we didn't need to use our lights to see, it also made the giant silhouette of the Panamint Mountains ahead loom large and intimidate as well as invite you towards them. The three of us seemed to make good time up this road, we looked back and could see some fast moving lights from below and we all knew it had to be JJ driving towards the starting line. Sunrise came and we were towards the base of the mountain, finally it felt like the hike was starting as anyone who knows me knows my feelings about walking on desert roads. We make our first turn at the base of the rock and where now in the canyon, the road ended and it was time to make our way to the spring where we would filter water and stock up our supplies for the giant climb up the ridge. How strange it felt to be in the middle of Death Valley and hear running water, and then you see what looks like a flowing creek is quite amazing. We found a good size pool to filter in and that is when I noticed something, there was a quiet calm feeling all of a sudden, the winds had virtually stopped and that is when we started to hear voices coming. JJ and Joe had caught up to us and it was time to start the gain up the ridge.

There are several faint paths to switchback on going up the steep mountainside, I turn around to see the mine and look into the canyon further up and you could see a lush landscape which was pleasantly unexpected. The higher you go the more you do not want to look up because you do not feel like you are not gaining any ground on the summit. We gather at a spot in the middle of the ridge and it was time to let JJ and Joe go their own way as they sped up the ridge while I wanted to keep a nice cadence the entire way and not burn out. It was fun to hit the first treeline, it was here the views started to open up and looking back down upon the badwater basin was amazing. Through the trees we went and then came the giant scree field climb up to the ridgeline and the trail.

Upon reaching the trail we collected our wind and took a look towards the summit and the last push. We knew we would see JJ and Joe coming back down and we did. They told us about fifteen people, two dogs, and a drone are up on the summit. We make out way along the last steep switchbacks and see the final push to the summit which was very inviting because it was relatively flat to the summit. Our timing was great, after a few minutes everyone else that was up top started to make their way down and we had the summit all to ourselves. The three hundred and sixty degree views up top are amazing and some of the best I have ever seen on a mountain top. This made the long grueling hike to the top worth it as half way up your legs start to burn and do not stop until you reach the end which was the campground two hours away from the summit.

You tell people about snow and high mountains in the middle of Death Valley and you get that look that only makes you laugh because of the fact they have no idea what this place really has to offer. I cannot wait to come back and see more of this place without doing an adventure that wipes you out. The love of the desert is special and I am glad to have been a part of this adventure.
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Apr 25 2016
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Shake Tree CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Apr 25 2016
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Canyoneering5.80 Miles 3,000 AEG
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Clear blue skies over head, gusting wind all day long, water running in the canyon and the temperature did not go over 65 the entire day. You put all that together and you know you are in for one great day. Jake and I arrived at the trailhead just after 8am and both noticed it was slightly chilly out, oh well, once we head uphill we'll warm up quickly. The Y-bar is as rocky as ever and we made great time getting up to the drop in point with fantastic views to be had. We stopped for a bite to eat before entering the canyon to raise our body temperature up since we knew we were getting wet and didn't bother to bring any wetsuits. The first drop in is an amazing sculpted bowl where the water was running and sparkling off the rock to make this canyon as scenic as it could get. It is a short canyon so to speak so the rappels come pretty rapid fire. The 160' drop is amazing and one of the best canyon rappels I have ever done. Halfway down I could only look up to see how far up the canyon walls go and get splashed at the same time, it was a good rush and a perfect setting. The rope pull took a lot at first but we got it without any issue. We turned the corner and thought we were hearing footsteps below us, it must have been the wind and we continued on into the real only pool of the day but it still was not a swimmer. No swimmers today, only chest high deep water. We thought the canyon was just about done but it just kept offering more and more drops. We were having a fantastic time and were almost sad when we knew out exit was finally upon us. This was certainly a great adventure with picture perfect weather, couldn't have asked for anything better today.

*Side Note* I found a camera at the bottom of the pool two rappels after the big drop. Not sure if the camera is going to be functional, but it does look like the memory card is working. I would like to find its rightful owner so if you were in the canyon recently send me a message and I can get it back to you.
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Mar 27 2016
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Hose CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Mar 27 2016
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Canyoneering3.00 Miles 1,100 AEG
Canyoneering3.00 Miles   4 Hrs      0.75 mph
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Nice short canyon I was able to get my not so active buddy out on today. The drive in is rocky and there are a few areas that climb up where you will need 4 wheel drive to make it up without trouble. Towards the end of the road is a nice staircase climb where you will want to have high clearance to make it up without hitting the bottom of your vehicle too much. Once at the end of the road simply drop into the canyon and the fun comes quickly. A nice down climb that puts you right into a pool, today it was only knee high but could easily be higher after our wet season. Right after the pool is the first rappel, 80 feet or so and if you turn to your left while on rappel you will get a pretty awesome view. This rappel also puts you into some water knee high. Not long after that is the next rappel, either 50ft total or you can set up 2 short rappels so you can see where your rope is at all times. The technical section of this canyon is pretty nice, it is short but offers some good views and down climbs in some amazing sculpted rock. The bottom of this canyon gets brushy and annoying. Once you get into crucifix turn left and you will find some nice spots with pretty clear water in it. The first section the canyon opens up on the left could be your exit but gets technical, just go around the next rock outcropping and you will see the canyon open up again, this is your easier exit. You will know this is the one if you look up to the right side of crucifix and see a large cave opening. I don't know if it was this time of year or what, but it was once again brushy and annoying. Head up and then you will be able to see the road again, simply head down the ridge and it take you right back to the road where it ends. If you didn't park there, simply follow the road back to where you were. Nice to see this canyon, but it certainly is one you feel you don't need to do again. I was just glad to have gotten my buddy outside once again. :)
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Mar 13 2016
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Minnow CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Canyoneering2.40 Miles 550 AEG
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Finally got this one off the list, for a canyon that is so short and often visited we had about every twist in turn in a day you could have. Freeing a stuck vehicle on the drive with a winch, shortness of breath and a reason to turn around on the hike in, great bouldering and scrambling in the canyon, the worst rigging I have come across in a canyon, and a twisted ankle after a great rappel. Good Times!
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Mar 07 2016
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Sierra Canyon - Tonto NFPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Canyoneering5.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
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Got my buddy Jake out of the house for another adventure down Sierra. It was like deja vu, kudamundi in the creek, sheep in the canyon, a perfect day for an adventure. Doesn't get much better than this.
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Mar 06 2016
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Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon DrawPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2016
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Had to take someone out for a hike and since I hadn't been up in the Sups lately we decided to head on up to the peak. Great sunny day, nice and breezy up top which made for soaking in the views even better. Good times.
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Nov 14 2015
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Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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First time doing this trail, helping out with the PSC. Not too bad for a city hike.
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Tramway CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hey I finally got out on an outdoor adventure this summer. Pretty straight forward day, we parked at the Maxwell trailhead and made our way to the top of Tramway Canyon. Not as many false floors or deadfall as we thought we would see and what do you know, a few pools to cool off in halfway down the canyon. We replaced the webbing on the anchors as they were pretty crusty and had a couple good rappels to have fun with. A few good sections in this canyon to see but no narrows like you get on the southern end of WCC. Once out and in WCC, we made good time back to the Maxwell trail where dozens of people were having their fun in WCC. For the first time in awhile it seems, it didn't rain on us either in WCC or on the way back up. Good Times.
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Cabeza Prieta Benchmark, AZ 
Cabeza Prieta Benchmark, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2015
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Hiking13.10 Miles 1,930 AEG
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Some would say silence is golden, and in this part of that state that is certainly the case. The refuge, the desert, and the isolated beauty of this range has left me speechless.
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Giers Mountain to the Desert Bar, AZ 
Giers Mountain to the Desert Bar, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2015
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Hiking1.90 Miles 1,180 AEG
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Well for the last few years I've been wanting to check out the infamous Desert Bar and today I was finally able to see it with my own eyes. I learned about a rough 4x4 trail that leads to the bar for those willing to take some time, have some fun, and avoid the highway the conventional dirt road in is. So in other words, I knew I wouldn't see any Toyotas today. I have to thank Scott for coming along on this one and letting me have some fun on the drive in. This is a good 4x4 road for sure in a very rugged part of the state.

In return, I told Scott we would hike up a random peak in the Buckskins to work up a thirst before our official arrival at the bar. Almost halfway in on the drive we stopped to scope out the area, saw the best looking peak around and up we went. A very steep, loose, basalt formed mountain will always get the heart pumping quickly. Once on the ridge, the most stable portion of the mountain we had the summit in view. Scott eyed a bighorn sheep not far from us that had just jumped down the nearest slope to him to avoid two rambling idiots on his mountain. We rushed over towards the edge and got to see this amazing guy descend the mountain in seconds. He stopped towards the bottom to look back up at us as if to say beat that, and then he was gone. A very healthy plump younger guy, he's going to be the man in the coming years out there.

After that, Scott and I arrived on the summit, found the register and learned it was Giers Mountain. One of the rare times I climbed up something without even knowing what it was. The views from the top are amazing, nothing but rugged desert peaks and a prominent bend in the Colorado River just below us was quite the sight to see. After our summit brews, we went back down a slightly different path on the top portion and scree surfed down the rest.

Now it was time to finally get to this bar. Some more rocky adventure on the road and finally we could see it ahead. We pulled up to the back parking area, heard the music playing, and couldn't help but smile the entire time there. I've heard it gets bigger each year, and this place was huge, what other bar has 3 levels to it and offers helicopter tour rides of the area? Good times for sure, thanks again for letting me do this Scott.
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Jan 03 2015
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Palm Canyon - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Nothing new can be said about this trek, but I do believe Scott and I were lucky enough to be there in the afternoon while the sun was in full contact with the canyon. The light bouncing off the top of the palms was amazing to see once we climbed to and above the palm level.
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Copper Mountains HP, AZ 
Copper Mountains HP, AZ
 
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Back on the Goldwater, this time to head into the Copper Mountains. I made my way in before dark and found a place to camp at the base of the range on her western side. It really did turn out to be the perfect spot to camp for the night, a fire ring that needed some work and a pile of old dead wood nearby making it that much easier for me.

Luckily by night fall the wind that had been blowing all day died down, this allowed for the perfect night for laying under the stars near the fire. I had no trouble falling asleep after dark, and to my surprise I wasn't even woken up during the middle of the night by Border Patrol. WINNING!!!

After a good night sleep, the sun was up and it was time to break down camp and gather my things to make my way up this rugged gem of a mountain. The plan was to head up the nearest drainage and gain the ridge and do a short ridge traverse to the summit. After looking over two possibilities I picked the one I thought would be best and headed up. It didn't take long for this drainage to offer a little spice. There were three consecutive dry fall spots that couldn't be climbed up so I had to bypass each of them climbing up on the side of her and hoping there were no major drop offs on the other sides to cliff me out.

Luckily each dry fall was able to be bypassed without too much difficulty and get me closer to the ridge. The range is very similar to Tinajas Altas and offered incredible beauty with each step I took. As I made my way up and up I noticed a tower on the summit above me but knew it was not the high point. But that didn't stop me from inspecting, there was an old radio booth that was not locked. The equipment looked outdated and unused but what do I really know about things like this?

From here I turned my attention to the high point and could see it was a short distance away. The ridgeline is jagged and nothing like I had thought it would be. Made for a little bit tougher of a time but it was pretty fun making my way up and over each boulder.

It didn't take long to reach the summit and again I was rewarded with an incredible clear sky and views for miles of my favorite spot to be in. I enjoyed my summit brew and stayed up top for awhile before making my way down. On the way down I took a slightly different path and noticed something in the distance. As I approached to inspect I saw some massive piles of debris I thought was an old aircraft crash. After some looking over parts I noticed one section said "DRONE" on it. Not an expert in the aircraft field for sure but pretty cool to see this even though I didn't know what exactly it was.

Back down safely it was time to drive on out and back to civilization. Boy do I enjoy each time coming down here.
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Muggins Peak, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Dec 13 2014
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Hiking5.89 Miles 1,216 AEG
Hiking5.89 Miles   4 Hrs      2.36 mph
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With rain socking in most of the state, the area I had planned on going this weekend was somehow not affected by the storm. In a word, perfect. With the storm passing through it left the skies clear an blue, a perfect day for hitting up a desert area.

What can be said about a peak that is only over 1400ft? Most would say why waste your time, how hard can it be. Well for anyone who has been in the Yuma area and laid their eyes upon Muggins should know better. This peak is one of the most jagged, loose, and steepest peaks I've been on, so it is high consequence for those willing to venture up.

The drive in set the tone, there is a loop trail around the peak and area with signs leading you towards it. Rolling hills and a slightly different terrain that I am used to seeing in the area had me thrilled. Then you can really get into some fun with how far you want to drive in.

The peak is in front of you the entire time and the closer I got I had to wonder if the summit was really going to be obtained today. I gathered my things and headed off, my approach was from the south as I thought it would be best and at least lead me to the saddle and ridgeline between the two summits.

There was no rain, but a strong gusting wind made for the only weather factor to make this venture a little more spicy. I headed up and made my way towards a rocky spine which I thought would be the best shot at getting to the saddle with the least amount of risk. Boy is this rock crumbly, it made me think twice about every hold. I was able to get on the rock spine with a little work and it did indeed lead me to the saddle. I was unsure which summit was the official summit so my goal was to get up both of them. I went for the NW one first and she offered a few pucker moments with her rocky ridge leading up to the summit. So many holds crumbled in my hand at first touch, all I could do was throw what I had in my hand down the mountain showing me the path I certainly did not want to take. With the adrenaline now pumping and the wind gusting in my face I found my way up to the NW summit. WOW! What a view from up here. I soaked in the views and then turned my attention to the SE summit to try and find a route up. I thought I had one so carefully it was time to go back down to the saddle and enjoy some more of this mountain.

A small climb up the rock from the saddle led me to a spot I saw that I thought would go, but it required making a heck of a move with some pretty bad exposure and crumbly rock made me shake my head and say to myself it is time to find another way. I traverse to the south as much as I could before the peak led me to a sheer drop off of hundreds of feet which wasn't the way for sure. Time to get back to the saddle and work my way to the northern side of her. I had to drop a little to safely get to the northern side of the summit where I could only shake my head at the straight up climb I would have to make. There was a chimney that I scoped out, but it was too wide to safely get up and since I couldn't see what was above it, it was a no go. I see a pretty sweet arch in the rock and was able to go through which led me to the sunlight and the eastern face. I notice a ramp and at first I was thinking this was going to be the way. I approach the ramp and turn the corner and it quickly gets vertical. I made my way to the top of the ramp to see what the climb would involve. Again the rock was just too crumbly and exposed below me to take a chance. I go back down and back to the arch where I sat down for about 10 minutes.

After thinking it over I just said to myself sometimes you get the mountain, and sometimes the mountain gets you. Today the SE summit was only letting me get to first base. I make my way back to the saddle to go down but not before looking at my original path I thought would work while up on the NW summit. As I looked up I could only shake my head because of the climb, then out of the corner of my eye I spot something and do a double take at this spot. It was as if she was waving her finger at me to come over so I did. Now there was a move to make with some exposure below me, but it was a simple move I made quick and easy. Then I looked up and was like "could it be this easy" from here it was a simple steep walk up to a short rock face which had to be right below the summit. I climb up and that awesome adrenaline, summit feeling came over me. I was on the summit. After an hour of trying and ready to call it, she finally lifted her skirt for me. Great Success.

Nothing like a double adrenaline rush for two summits that only counts as one mountain. :)

Took my time going down as it was called for to stay safe.

This one has quickly become one of my favorites.
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Little Harquahala Trifecta, AZ 
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Hiking5.72 Miles 2,468 AEG
Hiking5.72 Miles   4 Hrs   28 Mns   1.83 mph
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With cool mornings a constant now, it is a perfect time to hit up desert areas with the intention of being done before noon. Well today was one of those perfect days to hit up a new area and try and get up and down three peaks successfully.

The Harquar Benchmark, Martin Peak, and The Needle had my interest for the day so off I went. With another classic Stern interview to brighten the morning, I was fully motivated for this adventure. I arrived in the area just after 6am and hoped for the best driving in. Like her sister range to the north, (Granite Wash Mts.) the area is cholla filled which had me shaking my head because I did not want to take a barb hit today. Plenty of prospecting in that area so side roads are faint, but there. I found one that would take me to a good starting point on the eastern side of Harquar. The sunrise was hitting the top of the peak which gave some great light to the area. I gathered my things, picked my route and up I went. Along with plenty of cholla to dodge, this area has some of the most jagged rock I've been on. A fall in this area will easily give anyone some nasty gashes, so note to self, do not fall. (Luckily I remembered that note in my old age today) A nice steep, loose, and jagged ridge got me up to the summit in under an hour where the views were incredible. This area just seems to get better with each visit and as usual, I find myself finding a future area to hit up. Up on top I scout my approach for Martin Peak and head on down virtually the same way at a speedy scree surfing speed.

At the base of Martin Peak there are old mining ruins which give the area a nice vintage feel and something to see before heading up. The approach I took was pretty straight forward going up one of the old mining roads, seeing some old filled in shafts and then simply heading up. I went up both summits as they are listed as the same height. Apparently the eastern summit is the official one which means going up both offers a nice scramble in between peaks. Once on top of Martin, I again was in scouting mode for an attempt up The Needle. I noticed a faint road that led towards the base which meant less of a hike and certainly less road walking for the day.

Well the drive in towards The Needle is an adventure itself, if anyone wants to do it, make sure you have high clearance and 4 wheel drive if you want to make it in far. I got to the end of the road which was just over a half mile away and with The Needle right in front of me my stomach started to turn at the sight of her. Up top there was certainly going to be some spice so naturally I couldn't wait. Again there is much cholla to dodge, loose scree to slow your progress uphill, but every time I kept looking up I was getting anxious for this summit attempt. On the map it said there was a natural arch on the NE side which I wanted to see, if it is on the map it has to be something to see right?
Finally at the saddle and approaching the 2400' mark I was on the northern side of her and in an area where looking up gave me both chills and the thought it was going to be done. Where's this arch at? I traverse more to the NE section where it should be, I hit a portion of the ridge sticking up and look up. There it is, probably ten feet or so wide? With the arch sighting checked off the list I look at the final approach for the summit. The first 100ft were doable, the last 50ft I don't know. There is going to be a move or two to make it happen but I felt it would be okay. Up I went, the rock is extremely jagged but the holds are there, I get up the first steep part to the part I thought would be the toughest but there was a line which would offer a good route without opening myself up to some of the exposure you want no part of. Boy this is going to be a terrible down climb though. I make a move, see the sunlight as the top is right above me now. WTF!!! I knew right away when I look to my right that the high point is the opposite summit and I just climbed up the wrong one. Luckily, the opening between them was generous and offered an easy route to get down one and up the other. YES! The true summit is mine. Some of the drop offs on this peak are ridiculous and this summit was worth the adrenaline rush I got. I check the summit log, and what do you know, I am the ninth person to sign it, in its fifteen year history. I gather myself and decided to try a different route down. Something caught my eye in between the Needles, a nest up in a spot that only something that can fly can reach. I think it was an old vulture nest, I didn't notice any movement in it, and it just looked old. What do you know, on the way down I was able to find a better less exposed path and was off the top portion without any hassle which was a relief. The temps were now in the low 90's in the sun and I was glad the traverse back down wasn't a long one. Back to the Jeep, back to the fun drive out, back to reality. Another good one in the books.
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Belmont Adventure, AZ 
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Most of the morning was set up to get some fun for the Jeep, but I couldn't resist and really planed on doing a little side hike which took up 3.6 miles.

Drove close to Belmont Mt. from Vulture Mine Rd., parked and started on up. Hit the summit pretty easy via the eastern face, took a look over at peak 2581' to the north and thought it looked simple enough from the south. Boy did the northern side of Belmont not want to let me down easily. Sheer drop offs and jagged rock had me guess which route would be best and it ended up being the 3rd one. But I love that sometimes, especially in the cool morning when I have nothing better to do.

Finally off of Belmont I notice something in the distance, an unusually placed cairn that held no purpose, I look around and see an old tobacco can. Open it up and it is some old paper with a mining claim inside of it. Don't know how long this has been here, but pretty sweet to see.

On to peak 2581' that wasn't anything too hard, just a nice jagged ridge to get up and summit quickly. The views of the area were great from up here and I took awhile to sip my summit brew. Decided it was time to head on down before the heat comes and drive on out to the south opposite the way I came in.

The road after the Belmont Mine area is not too bad, a few short steep rocky sections and a wash that looked like it had some promising rocky sections in it to investigate. This is where I had the most fun of the day as I had to put the four wheel drive into gear for the first time today. I got the adrenaline rush I wanted if it was only a short one and found some other spots I might need to come back for with a spotter to do properly.

Out of the wash and back on the road, I head down south to civilization again and find the I-10. A part of me wanted to turn around and go back, perhaps I should have listened to this side as I really enjoy and love this area.
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Black Mesa to Dripping Springs, AZ 
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Hiking9.50 Miles 2,804 AEG
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With a day off of work, and a rare cool down for the state it was a no brainer to head out west and get back into the Plomosa Mountains. Walking outside this morning just after 5am offered something I haven't felt in awhile, a slight chill on the back of my neck. Perfect weather for a desert traverse and I couldn't wait to get started. With no issues on the highway it was time to find the right way in once I exited and hit the dirt roads. About a mile in I came across my first shack of the day, I stopped to check it out and was surprised and amazed at the lack of bullet holes in everything. What's up with that?

Off I go thinking it would be easy to get into that area I wanted, but the road quickly turned into a wash with no sign of travel. I went in as far as I could before downed trees made it impassable. I turned around and tried to find a new way. I noticed something to the side out of the wash that looked like another road so up out of the wash I went and found a road that was faint and rocky but drivable. It didn't take long before it led me to a better more often traveled road and in the direction I wanted to go. Sweetness. The road in was rocky, it was loose, it turned into a wash again but this is the way to go, when traveling in the wash I passed a wilderness sign so it was all good. It came out onto a road again and put me right in the middle of Black Mesa and Dripping Springs BM exactly as I had planned.

Gathered my things and off I went. The approach was straight forward, get to the SW ridge and head up. Nothing too hard about this other than a few hills to go up and over and a wash to get out of. The ridge up was mostly an old lava field which offered great steps to gain elevation quickly. I got up to the 3200' level and was at the southern end of the top. From here it was just under a mile to the summit with a 400' gain in elevation but something here offered a new aesthetic in the desert I wasn't used to. I had just gained 1000 feet and yet now it was as if I was still on the desert floor. But turning around and seeing the Kofa in all her beauty at this level blew me away. The final push to the summit was gradual and filled with the most ocotillo I have seen in a single area. There were also hundreds of spider webs to dodge or go through, but once I saw how big these spiders were dodging the webs seemed to be the better idea.

Now on top it was time to enjoy the silence, views, summit brew, and scout out my approach for Dripping Springs. What an amazing summit this is, massive (which is different) yet offering 360 degree views was stunning, well worth the travel down here but my day wasn't over.

Back down with a side trip to check out an old mining area that offered nothing to really see, I stopped at the Jeep to top off fluids and grab another brew. (for the summit) Now the day was going to get interesting, the approach was to take the eastern wash, gain the ridge and hope for the best as you can see some spots that for sure were going to offer some spice. The wash was nice and easy to get through, fairly open and nothing to tear my flesh up. I get to where I can break away from it and gain the eastern ridge from the saddle above.

Once on the saddle the smile on my face was from ear to ear as I could see the spicy parts to climb, the exposure on the northern side, and the summit in view. Why a couple vultures started to fly over me at this point I do not know? Off I went, I always love when the rock comes loose from below and falls to the exposed side making for the only sound I really heard all day. lol The ridge traverse went smooth and I made it safely to the summit which was fully exposed on the northern side with a sheer drop of 500 feet I would say. It was an awesome view. I laid down on top and took in some sun while sipping the summit brew, what a great time.

I went down a different ridge which made me have to backtrack a little bit because of an exposed cliff that was not down climbable. With the 6 minute detour I was off the exposed part and back on a ridge that would gently lead me back down to the wash. I was back to the Jeep by 3pm and ready to drive on out and get the last adventure of the day with some more rocky rutted road. Something caught my eye this time, another shack near what was most likely a mining claim. This shack was awesome, underwear hanging outside, empty liquor bottles everywhere, vintage relics covered the place, and is that a stuffed unicorn hanging from a toilet seat?
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