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Apr 11 2009
mttgilbert
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38 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
REI Service Project, AZ 
REI Service Project, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2009
mttgilbert
Hiking5.00 Miles
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REI Spring Service project coordinated with the Black Canyon Trail Coalition. We went out Friday night to camp out at the trailhead. We met up with the other crew leaders and went through BCTC's standards and expectations. We spent the night in the rain and hoped that the sky would rain itself out before the morning. It didn't.

We woke up to a steady heavy rain and made coffee and breakfast and speculated whether anyone would show up for a project in the rain and if the trail would be too muddy to work on. The project was supposed to start around 8 and we had a bunch of people roll up at 7:30. We got the registered and went out to the trail to see how the mud was. Fortunately, the work was primarily in granite so the rain wasn't an issue.

People kept rolling in through about 10:30. We lunched around 11:30 and went back to work. The project continued until about 2:00. It rained on and off all day long but let up just long enough for us to eat lunch, almost as soon as we were finished the rain picked up again.

The project was great, we had 30 people turn out and laid out about a mile worth of trail. The trail is being built as multi-use trail with an eye for mountain bikers.
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Mar 15 2009
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Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 15 2009
mttgilbert
Backpack15.30 Miles 2,120 AEG
Backpack15.30 Miles2 Days         
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After most of a week of trail work Bob and I decided to test out the (somewhat) cleared trails and do this loop. Originally we thought we would camp at Reavis but decided to press on to the junction of Campaign and Fireline and have a nice short second day.

After walking through the recently cleared sections of trail the rest felt particularly brutal. The trail is really thick from the ridgeline after the Campaign and Reavis Gap trail and it took a lot to force our way through it. Fortunately it clears up pretty nicely where the trail splits for the Two Bar Ridge Trail. The campsites in the creek below are really nice and certainly deserve a visit. After that it's all up and down to the ranch. Once at the ranch we decided that it was too early to stop so we pressed on up and over the Fireline trail.

We set up camp at the previously established site at the trail intersection. It was a nice camp with plenty of water and scenery. The low that night probably bottomed out right above freezing.

The second day was short and easy, mostly false flat going downhill. The trail makes a lot of crossings with the creek, but as long as you keep your eyes open it's really hard to lose the trail. It was always right where you would expect to find it on the other side. Besides, we were in a canyon so we would have had to really work hard to lose the trail. There are a lot of really nice campgrounds along the way, any of them would make for a nice easy overnight in-and-out trip.

The road in was a fairly easy drive considering all the talk of strictly 4x4. There was some deep sand (keep your tire pressure low and your wheel spin up) and about 10 creek crossings (slow and stead and DON'T STOP!). I was a little nervous getting down it the first time, but ultimately if you're careful there's no reason why you can't make it with high clearance two wheel drive. Just don't go right after a bunch of rain.
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Mar 08 2009
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 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Campaign Trail Maintenance, AZ 
Campaign Trail Maintenance, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 08 2009
mttgilbert
Backpack4.00 Miles
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A group of students from Waynesburg decided to partake in an "alternate spring break". Instead of partying 6 students and 1 professor (and her two kids) decided to come to Arizona and do trail work instead. Originally they were going to partner with the American Hiking Society but due to some kind of lack of communication on one or both parties parts that fell through. I was contacted by the Arizona Trail Association and asked if I would be willing to go out and help them for a week. Since I had nothing else going on and had a bunch of accumulated vacation time I figured "why not?".

Bob and I drove up Sunday night and Michelle met us at a camp near where the group was set up (they had arrived Saturday afternoon and spent the next day checking out the ruins and settling into the area). We met them early the next morning and helped them break down camp. We met the rangers from the area and they helped the group move to the campaign trail head where we re-set camp and did a half day's work. The road out to the trail head was recommended for four wheel drive, it was rough, but we made it fine in my 2wd truck.

The second day we hiked in a little further and started work on the Reavis Gap trail. We got about a mile of trail brushed and even did a little tread work. The third day we broke camp in the morning and then did a half day's work closer to the trail head. Overall we got about 2.5 miles worth of work done. After the work was done for the day the rangers met us and shuttled the group back to the established campground.

The fourth day we shuttled up to the Pigeon Springs trail head and started brushing along the trail. After the catsclaw and mexican locus from the supes the work on four peaks was easy going and the group cleared all the way from Pigeon Spring to Bear Spring by about noon. Since they had already accomplished so much and they were so close to Brown's Peak they decided that they would quit for the week and take a hike up the mountain. The ranger decided to accompany them and Bob and I decided to stay and do some tread work to the eroded section of trail near the seep from Pigeon Spring. A few hours later we met the group at the trail head and went back to camp.

Overall the group probably got 4 or 4.5 miles of trail cleared and got to see some pretty cool parts of Arizona. We had a good time and made some good connections with the rangers out at Roosevelt. I'm looking forward to working with them more in the future.
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Feb 21 2009
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Tonto Kayak - Rye creek to Gun creek, AZ 
Tonto Kayak - Rye creek to Gun creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2009
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Jeff and his friend Leslie wanted to run this creek again while the flow was still high enough so I tagged along. I met the two of them at the take out at about 730 where they had camped the night before, after making some coffee and breakfast we hit the road and got to the put in around 9:00. The weather was warmer this time and the water was flowing a little lower (only about 550 cfs) but the flow in Rye Creek looked a little more aggressive than it had earlier in the week. This was about the point that Jeff and Leslie let me in on the fact that Leslie had never actually paddled before and this was going to be her first (class III) run. I had known that she was inexperienced but I figured she had at least had some flatwater experience before... We put in and about 100 yards in she dumped and swamped the boat. We talked it over and decided that Rye is really the hardest part of the trip since it's so narrow and there's very little room to maneuver. We wound up recovering the boat twice on the 1/8 mile stretch of Rye Creek. Once we got into Tonto proper things shaped up a bit, we all made it through the first class III run with no problems, as soon as we finished it though, leslie tried to eddy out and lost it, so one more recovery was in order.

There are three sections that are class III. The first one is right at the confluence and is probably closer to a II+, the second is a short drop into a hole with a tricky approach. The third is a long wave train followed by a chute between two large fins. The wave train wants to spit you into one of the fins on the side, but you have to brace hard and drop into one of the two large holes in the center of the chute. We all made it through the first rapid fairly handily and with no spilling. At the second we took out to scout (and to portage Leslie's kayak - which we all agreed was the best idea) before Jeff and I ran it.

We both agreed on the best line, and that it would be a crappy place to swim if the line didn't work. I agreed to go first and just when I thought I had it lined up perfectly, an eddy line grabbed the boat and pulled it sideways right before the first big hole. I went down before I even had a chance to right myself. I bailed from the cockpit and stuck my legs in front of me. I managed to get one good breath of air before the hole sucked me in. Fortunately the current recirculated me pretty quickly and I popped up just in time to see my boat speeding towards me. I grabbed it and held on until the rapid was through and then drug it to the other side. Unfortunately my paddle was pulled from my hands somewhere in the hole and I didn't see it anywhere. once I was back on dry land I made my way back to the fins and found Jeff standing on top trying to lasso my paddle out from the hole. It was recirculating over and over. It would float down a little ways, the blade would get caught and the whole thing would pop up and get sucked down, pulled upstream and start the whole cycle again. Apparently I also went through that cycle once before getting spit out. I don't remember it like that at all though.

After I dried out a little Jeff made a nervous go at it and ran it smooth. He got a little hung up at the same eddy I did, but managed to learn from my mistake and kept the nose straight. After the crux it was all pushy wave trains and funny eddies through the narrows. unfortunately that was where leslie really made some wrong turns.

One particular turn in the canyon required keeping the boat far right to avoid getting pinched between a wall and a giant boulder, I don't know if she just wasn't paying attention or wasn't ready for the current to pull her left be she found the worst possible spot to place the boat and got hung up really sideways against the boulder. She bailed and lost the paddle to the rapids. I chased down her paddle and was eddied out a little further down the creek just in time to watch the boat float by on the other side of the channel, just out of reach. I couldn't see what was going on upstream but knew we had at least one boatless boater. So I found a bank and got out and climbed up to make sure everyone was still intact.

When we all regrouped on the side of the river we decided there were only two possible ways to proceed. The river was all class II and there was only maybe a mile and a half of creek left. My advice was for her to swim behind the boats and we would play safety after each rapid. She didn't feel comfortable in the water and wanted to walk the ridgeline out. I thought (and still think) that was a terrible idea. Even thought the actual canyon was only a mile or so long there was probably four to five miles of walking, in the desert, of trail, along the ridge - with countless tributaries cutting the gorge. After a lot of discussion and some heated argument Jeff and I both offered our boats to her and one of us would swim the remainder. She was afraid she would lose another boat and refused this offer. After that she just started walking away.

Both Jeff and I spent another five minutes looking at each other. We both thought it was a horrible idea and we were both terribly opposed to this course of action but there was little we could do short of physically restraining her at this point. Everyone has to make their own decisions so we gave her our water bottles and a whistle and a flashlight and let her go.

We finished the creek and nervously changed out of our gear. We ran the shuttle and picked up some extra food at Jake's Corner. We both thought that we were going to be out looking for her in an hour or so and wanted to make sure that we had enough to make it through the night. It probably took an hour and a half to run the shuttle and another half an hour at Jake's Corner getting supplies and making phone calls to let some people know what was going on. When we got back to the take out we started packing things up and deciding on a plan of action to start searching for her when all of a sudden a bright green dot appeared at the mouth of the canyon. As it got closer we were both sure that it was her dry-top bobbing along in the water. Fortunately she was in it. She had wandered along the ridge line for a while and then decided we were right about the terrain and descended into the canyon to swim the rest of the way.

We were all relieved to have her back safe, but I was done. As soon as she had changed into warm clothes and we were positive she was OK I split. Lesson learned. Make sure you know who you are going with and what their skill level actually is. She never should have tried running that river but she made it through without injury. All's well that ends well.
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Feb 18 2009
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 Denver, CO
Sycamore Kayak - 87 to Mesquite Wash, AZ 
Sycamore Kayak - 87 to Mesquite Wash, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2009
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Hiking6.00 Miles
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After our Tonto trip we wanted to get back on the water, and with the rains on Tuesday we decided that we were in good shape to run Sycamore Creek from the overpass on 87 in Round Valley down to the junction with Mesquite wash. Though improbably, it's possible that this was a first decent. The trip overall was mostly class I and II but there were some class IIIs that were entirely portageable. there were a lot of bony sections but it was a lot of fun. If you do this be very careful about scouting ahead, there were some narrow sections that had some serious strainers. There were a a couple sections that we portaged just to be on the safe side. They may have been runnable but there were too many "must make" moves to avoid serious entrapment. Jeff nailed the whole run and managed to shoot a couple channels that I got pinned in. I had to bail three times because I got pinned on rocks or trees, and once I just outright dumped because of a wonky wave train leading into a hole. If you are interested in running this (though I wouldn't necessarily recommend it) please PM me for more beta if want it. For the most part I would say that if this has enough water to run, then there are probably other runs with enough water that would be more fun and less drag-assing.
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Feb 16 2009
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 Denver, CO
Tonto Kayak - Rye creek to Gun creek, AZ 
Tonto Kayak - Rye creek to Gun creek, AZ
 
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mttgilbert
Kayak5.50 Miles
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Jeff and I took half a day off and ran the Rye to Gun section of Tonto Creek. The run is class III, we ran it at about 400 cfm (minimum is 300) so the flow was a little low, but the rapids were still pushy. The crux was a lot of fun and super swift at low flow. I lucked out and managed to stay in the boat the whole way, Jeff (who is a much stronger paddler) had a freak accident and dumped on a deceptive class II rapid. The weather was a little overcast and the air temp was in the 50s. We both had to wear dry tops to make the trip possible but in the end it was a blast and totally worth the shivering.
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Feb 14 2009
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 Denver, CO
Valentines Hike, AZ 
Valentines Hike, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 14 2009
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Hiking4.00 Miles
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Michelle and I went for a hike into the supes to celebrate V-Day. We went in on the north side of the horse trailer lot and followed the canyons to second water. We went off trail and followed a game trail up to the bluff over hackberry springs and watched the sun set. After the sun went down we ate some dinner and had bit of wine. The hike out in the dark was a bit interesting, we took an alternate route out up the creek just east of first water and then over to the west to the coral and then back up. It was fairly straightforward but in the dark after some wine made it an exercise in route finding.
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Feb 09 2009
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 Denver, CO
DC Mtn Biking, AZ 
DC Mtn Biking, AZ
 
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Mtn Biking8.00 Miles
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Bob and I rode on the DC again. Short trip. I rode in to work and had to borrow the shop bike. Full suspension on DC is a major overkill...
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Feb 08 2009
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 Denver, CO
LaBarge Box overnight, AZ 
LaBarge Box overnight, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Feb 08 2009
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Backpack12.00 Miles
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Jason P, Lisa, and I hiked into the LaBarge box and spent the night at the beach. We went in via the coral at first water and then looped around hackberry mesa into garden valley and then through second water and up the canyon On the way out we took a social trial up to the saddle below the approach to battleship and then down into boulder canyon. From there we took the standard route out through garden valley.
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Feb 01 2009
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 Denver, CO
DC party commute, AZ 
DC party commute, AZ
 
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Mtn Biking10.00 Miles
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Michelle and I used the DC trail at south mountain to ride to a superbowl party in the Foothills south of the mountain.
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Jan 26 2009
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DC Mtn Biking, AZ 
DC Mtn Biking, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Jan 26 2009
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Mtn Biking16.00 Miles
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Stan, Bob, and I rode from the store to the DC trail and back.
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Jan 24 2009
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Sunrise Skiing, AZ 
Sunrise Skiing, AZ
 
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mttgilbert
Ski SnwBoard2.00 Miles
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After the failed baldy trip and a night in a snowcave we decided to spend the next two days skiing at sunrise. The whole park was open and the weather was nice. We spent the first day perfecting blue runs and the better part of the second day figuring out how to get down the black diamonds (without using our asses). By the end of the day we were pretty confident about our abilities on easy BDs.
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Jan 01 2009
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Snowshoeing near sunrise, AZ 
Snowshoeing near sunrise, AZ
 
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Michelle, bob and I were supposed to spend four days snowshoeing and cross country skiing up mt baldy. Unfortunately when we got there they told us there were no permits available (were told differently before we left the valley). Instead we took a forest road shortly after the turnoff for the sunrise area and snowshoed back to a lake in the area. We spent the afternoon building a snow cave and a nice camp site (we built a kitchen and chairs out of snow). Slept in the cave, it got down to about 15 outside but stayed slightly above freezing in the cave. The next day we headed back out to the car to work out alternate plans for the rest of the weekend.
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Jan 01 2009
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 Denver, CO
Breckenridge Skiing, CO 
Breckenridge Skiing, CO
 
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Ski SnwBoard5.00 Miles
Ski SnwBoard5.00 Miles4 Days         
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Michelle, Annabelle, Chance and I spent four days skiing at the Breckenridge resort in Colorado. We got a ski in, ski out room at a lodge and skied the hell out of the whole park. After our warm up at sunrise earlier in the month we were primed for some good Colorado snow and we weren't disappointing. We noticed quickly that Breckenridge must be a learners park because the runs there weren't as difficult as we expected them to be. The blues were more like greens and the advanced intermediates were more like our blues, and so on and so forth. No matter though, we had a great time and Annabelle was just learning to snowboard so it was perfect for her. The third night there we only spent half the day skiing at Breck and then went over to Keystone and took advantage of their night skiing. Night skiing was amazing. Everything is pitch black and freezing cold but the slopes were well lit and hardly anyone was out. There were a few runs that I didn't see anyone but Michelle on the whole way down. It snowed on us the first day we were there (first time I got to ski on fresh powder) but the rest of the weekend the weather was warmer than anticipated. All in all, best ski vacation ever!
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Dec 08 2008
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Camelback Climbing, AZ 
Camelback Climbing, AZ
 
Climbing avatar Dec 08 2008
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Climbing0.50 Miles
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I G  • Sport • 5.8 Sandstone Not good • 2 Pitches
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Bob and I slipped out of work early to climb the two pitches of Donamatrix at Camelback. The approach is short and after a little searching along the headwall we found the well bolted climb. The first pitch was led by Bob (11 bolts) and the second by me (5 or 6 bolts). From the top we got to see the sun set as we set the rappel. At the top of the first pitch we stopped to reset the rappel and were treated to a sudden change in the light on the rock as everything was lit up bright orange by the last of the sun. The second rappel was a long one and I accidentally rigged my device with the friction side making for a tougher descent, but it was otherwise uneventful. The hike out was short and mostly dark. This is a popular climb at camelback but there was still a lot of loose rock and we were both glad for helmets.
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Dec 06 2008
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Devils Canyon Climbing, AZ 
Devils Canyon Climbing, AZ
 
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Climbing1.00 Miles
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Michelle, Holly, Stevie, Lisa, Bob, and I went climbing in Devils Canyon. Mostly moderate stuff, Lisa and Stevie are new to climbing (outdoors at least). Bob and I worked a couple harder routes later in the afternoon. Otherwise, the weather was nice and there was no incident to report.
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Dec 06 2008
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Road Area Climbing, AZ 
Road Area Climbing, AZ
 
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Climbing2.00 Miles
Climbing2.00 Miles   6 Hrs      0.33 mph
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Climbing trip with Michelle, Sarah, and Bob. Climbed for the day at the road area. Windy as hell. Took the walk out (class 4) after all the hard stuff fell and sprained (found out later, after it healed, probably fractured it) my ankle. Took me out of the game for nearly a month...
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Dec 02 2008
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Magma Garden Climbing, AZ 
Magma Garden Climbing, AZ
 
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Michelle, Holli, Paige, Bob, and I went back to the Mine area to try our hand at some of the more popular climbs. We spent the day in Lower Lunar Land. I led my first .8 and climbed my first .10a.
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Dec 01 2008
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Camelback Climbing, AZ 
Camelback Climbing, AZ
 
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Bob and I climbed two pitches of Suicide. I tried this climb sometime last year and bailed due to falling rock and nervous leaders... Happy to finally have done it.
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Nov 29 2008
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Magma Garden Climbing, AZ 
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Michelle, Maggie, Bob and I went back to the Mine area to climb in the Magma Gardens. Maggie only spent half the day out climbing and then left to meet a friend to go hike in Fish Creek. Bob, Michelle and I stayed and spent the rest of the day climbing around. We haven't been out much since last spring and we were all feeling a little rusty so we spent the morning tooling around on easier grades and just hanging out. Bob and I worked a little bit on leading some easy trad, something we started last spring and never finished. We made some headway and quit while we were ahead. Bob and I ticked off the first .9s of the season while Michelle napped in the sun.
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