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238 triplogs
Dec 16 2007
mttgilbert
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 Triplogs 240

41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2007
mttgilbert
Hiking13.20 Miles 5,096 AEG
Hiking13.20 Miles   10 Hrs   40 Mns   1.24 mph
5,096 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Bob, Michelle, and I all hiked this for the first time. We opted to do the route backwards; starting at Siphon Draw and finishing at Carney Springs. We camped out at Jacobs Crosscut Trailhead to get an early start, but we ended up hanging out and enjoying breakfast and didn't get started until the sun was comming up (about 7:15). Once we got up Siphon Draw we went and had a snack on top of the Flatiron. We followed a pretty good trail for quite a way down the Ridgline, and had lunch overlooking Hog Canyon from the North side.
The trail started to get a littl more difficult to follow dropping down to the saddle at the top of Hieroglyphic Canyon. It stayed difficult to follow until we started the descent into West Boulder Canyon. There were cairns, but a lot of them were harder to see comming from the opposite direction. It's funny, I've never really felt like a trail could be "one-way", but this trail really seemed to be trying to tell us that. Fortunately the trail (track really) runs exactly where you'd expect it too (on the ridgeline) and it was alway easy to find on the occasions that we did lose it. There are some short scrambly sections (easy class 4), but everything was really short and never felt all that exposed.
The trail to Boulder Canyon was well cairned and easy to follow. Once you get on the established trail you drop right into the draw down to Carney Springs. From there it was just a short walk down to the road where the Car was Parked. We got to the car just as it was getting dark (about 5:30).
Overall it took us just under 11 hours to cross 13 miles of trail. I was glad we allowed plenty of time for this hike, between the climbing, the route finding, and all the stopping to admire the scenery it took us a lot longer than we had intially planned on.
There was a lot of evidence of animals on the ridgeline. We saw quite a bit of scat, mostly coyote. There were some prints in the mud, and Bob spotted three Bighorn on the ridge when we were descending into West Boulder Canyon. The mountain had a lot of water on it, some of the trail was still muddy, some parts still had water flowing across it. Almost all the main drainages were flowing and you could hear the waterfalls (trickles mostly) below you all the way down the ridgeling. A lot of the Northeastern facing slopes had ice on them, and the trail was slick in places as a result. The weather was perfect, the high temperature was probably around 50 degrees and there was an occasional light breeze.
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-Matt Gilbert
Dec 03 2007
mttgilbert
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 Guides 5
 Photos 47
 Triplogs 240

41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Cochise Climbing, AZ 
Cochise Climbing, AZ
 
Climbing avatar Dec 03 2007
mttgilbert
Climbing1.00 Miles
Climbing1.00 Miles
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The second day of climbing was better spent and we got in a bunch of routes before we had to head back home. We met some climbers from Nevada who were on thier way to Mexico to climb for a few weeks before going back home. The drive was long, but followed the interstate most of the way. The whole trip was a blast, Cochise Stronghold was well worth the detour.
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-Matt Gilbert
Dec 02 2007
mttgilbert
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 Guides 5
 Photos 47
 Triplogs 240

41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Cochise Climbing, AZ 
Cochise Climbing, AZ
 
Climbing avatar Dec 02 2007
mttgilbert
Climbing1.00 Miles
Climbing1.00 Miles
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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After a pleasant and dry night Bob and I moved down to the Trad Wall in southwestern Cochise Stronghold. We spent the day trying to reconcile the climbs on the wall with the ones in the guidebook and the seemingly sandbagged routes. We discovered eventually that there were additional routes put up since the publication of the guide. At the end of the day we made a small fire and cooked up steaks and potatoes, finished off a bottle of whiskey, and passed out warm and dry in our tents.
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-Matt Gilbert
Dec 01 2007
mttgilbert
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 Guides 5
 Photos 47
 Triplogs 240

41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Santa Catalinas, AZ 
Santa Catalinas, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2007
mttgilbert
Hiking3.00 Miles
Hiking3.00 Miles
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Bob and I drove up Friday night. It rained the whole way out of town and all the way to Tucson and up the mountain. Some of the road was partially blocked by rockfall, and there were several sections where the highway was flowing from waterfalls off the side of the mountain. Somewhere below Summerhaven we ran into three people flagging down traffic. Three guys had gone out for a night hike in the rain and got lost. They were clearly unprepared for being out and all three were soaked and shivering. One of them was pretty panicked. We gave them some food and drove them around until we found thier car. They had intended on camping but (wisely) headed down the mountain. We headed the other way and eventually found a large parking area just before the observatory. When we got out of the car the wind was blowing so hard that it would be impossible to pitch our tent and we decided to just sleep in the car. We found out later that the wind was gusting near 80mph. In the morning we woke up to an inch of ice on the lee side of everything. We bundled up and went for a hike on some random trail around some of the obervatory equipment. The wind was blowing rain and ice at us the whole time. We hiked until the weather started getting worse and then went back to the car to retreat down the mountain. We had intended on losing a few thousand feet of elevation but the weather never got any better so we just kept going down. When we got to the bottom we were informed that the weather that night was forcing them to close the roads and that no one would be allowed on the mountain until further notice. We stopped at Denny's and had some hot (and welcome) breakfast and decided to chance the weather down in Cochise Stronghold. We had intended on climbing for part of the day but, but instead we hiked around some of the canyons that fed the mountain. That night we made a nice dry camp with a scrounged tarp in some oak trees.
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Nov 24 2007
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 Guides 5
 Photos 47
 Triplogs 240

41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Devils Canyon Climbing, AZ 
Devils Canyon Climbing, AZ
 
Climbing avatar Nov 24 2007
mttgilbert
Climbing5.00 Miles
Climbing5.00 Miles
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Partners none no partners
Chad and I spent half the day looking for an entrance to the canyon from the highway. We found a lot of small game trails but nothing conclusive. I want to go back and hike the length of this canyon sometime. Chad got a lot of pictures and we did a lot of scrambling in loose rock. The second half of the day we practiced building anchors and placing protection.
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Nov 23 2007
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 Guides 5
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 Triplogs 240

41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Devils Canyon Climbing, AZ 
Devils Canyon Climbing, AZ
 
Climbing avatar Nov 23 2007
mttgilbert
Climbing2.00 Miles
Climbing2.00 Miles
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Michelle, Chad and I set out to find some new areas in Upper Devils Canyon. We went to the lost wall, and climbed around. Some of the bolts here are looking a little sketchy. Most of the cold-shut anchors are spinners and a lot of the hangers were spinners before someone epoxied them to the rock. We inspected a lot of bolts and decided it wasn't worth going back to this wall. After leaving the lost wall we hit up the Throne area and climbed some old favorites. After a full day of climbing, Michelle headed back to the valley (work the next morning) and Chad and I set up camp.
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-Matt Gilbert
Nov 19 2007
mttgilbert
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 Guides 5
 Photos 47
 Triplogs 240

41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Devils Canyon Climbing, AZ 
Devils Canyon Climbing, AZ
 
Climbing avatar Nov 19 2007
mttgilbert
Climbing2.00 Miles
Climbing2.00 Miles
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Bob and I spent the day in Devils learning to place pro and set anchors. Lots of people out on the crag, probably due in part to the bouldering comp going on (flappers?).
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-Matt Gilbert
Nov 12 2007
mttgilbert
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 Guides 5
 Photos 47
 Triplogs 240

41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Devils Canyon Climbing, AZ 
Devils Canyon Climbing, AZ
 
Climbing avatar Nov 12 2007
mttgilbert
Climbing2.00 Miles
Climbing2.00 Miles
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Sarah, Michelle and I went out and did some of the good old routes around the pancake house.
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-Matt Gilbert
Nov 04 2007
mttgilbert
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 Guides 5
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 Triplogs 240

41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
REI Annual Service Project, AZ 
REI Annual Service Project, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2007
mttgilbert
Hiking2.00 Miles
Hiking2.00 Miles
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This was the second day of the Annual Service Project. This day focused on re-routing the last mile of the AZ Trail, comming into the Pine Trailhead.
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Nov 03 2007
mttgilbert
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 Guides 5
 Photos 47
 Triplogs 240

41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
REI Annual Service Project, AZ 
REI Annual Service Project, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2007
mttgilbert
Hiking2.00 Miles
Hiking2.00 Miles
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This was the first day of the Annual Service Project. This event partners VOAZ, the ATA and REI for one really big trail project. This year we worked on the AZ Trail comming into the Pine Trailhead and the highline trail going out of the trailhead. The first day of the service projcet focused on the first mile of the Highline trail heading north out of the trailhead
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Oct 28 2007
mttgilbert
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 Guides 5
 Photos 47
 Triplogs 240

41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Mine Area Climbing, AZ 
Mine Area Climbing, AZ
 
Climbing avatar Oct 28 2007
mttgilbert
Climbing2.00 Miles
Climbing2.00 Miles
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Climbing trip with Michelle, Sarah, Bob, and Holly. Spent the day hanging out and climbing around. Lots of people out, the weather is finally cool enough to stay out all day. The parking area off the road has been blocked and there are stakes all over the place, with a sign that indicates blasting in progress. There are still plenty of places to park along the road, but I'll bet we'll see more and more of those spaces blocked soon.

Do your part, pull a stake!
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-Matt Gilbert
Oct 21 2007
mttgilbert
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 Guides 5
 Photos 47
 Triplogs 240

41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Salida Gulch Trail Project, AZ 
Salida Gulch Trail Project, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2007
mttgilbert
Hiking3.00 Miles
Hiking3.00 Miles
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Partners none no partners
VOAZ Event. This was another project at Salida Gulch in Prescott. I was only able to attend the second day.
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-Matt Gilbert
Oct 18 2007
mttgilbert
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 Guides 5
 Photos 47
 Triplogs 240

41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
The Road Area, AZ 
The Road Area, AZ
 
Climbing avatar Oct 18 2007
mttgilbert
Climbing1.00 Miles
Climbing1.00 Miles
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Climbing with Michelle
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-Matt Gilbert
Oct 06 2007
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 Guides 5
 Photos 47
 Triplogs 240

41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
The Road Area, AZ 
The Road Area, AZ
 
Climbing avatar Oct 06 2007
mttgilbert
Climbing1.00 Miles
Climbing1.00 Miles
II G  • Trad • 5.6 Excellent • 3 Pitches
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-Matt Gilbert
Oct 03 2007
mttgilbert
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 Guides 5
 Photos 47
 Triplogs 240

41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
ACA Canyon Course, AZ 
ACA Canyon Course, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2007
mttgilbert
Hiking6.00 Miles
Hiking6.00 Miles
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Last day of the ACA's course. This day was spent as a large group navigating two canyons. The first one was short but steep with a 50 foot rappel over a large isolated chock-stone. The second canyon was all down-climbable, though many chose to rappel instead. The last part of the day was spent going over some slightly more advanced rescue and self-rescue techniques including basic ascending.
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-Matt Gilbert
Oct 02 2007
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 Guides 5
 Photos 47
 Triplogs 240

41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
ACA Canyon Course, AZ 
ACA Canyon Course, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 02 2007
mttgilbert
Hiking4.00 Miles
Hiking4.00 Miles
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Second day of the ACA's course. First half of the day spend in a small canyon working out anchor problems, rappelling, and down-climbing. The second part of the day was spent on advanced rappelling techniques and small diameter rope work.
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-Matt Gilbert
Oct 01 2007
mttgilbert
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 Guides 5
 Photos 47
 Triplogs 240

41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
ACA Canyon Course, AZ 
ACA Canyon Course, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2007
mttgilbert
Hiking2.00 Miles
Hiking2.00 Miles
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Day one of the ACA's three day Technical Canyoneering Course. First half of the day was in the classroom, the second part of the day was in the field going over climbing and rappelling skills.
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-Matt Gilbert
Sep 27 2007
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 Guides 5
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 Triplogs 240

41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Full Moon Paddle, AZ 
Full Moon Paddle, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Sep 27 2007
mttgilbert
Kayak5.00 Miles
Kayak5.00 Miles
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1st trip
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Michelle, Richie, Salina, and I paddled from Water Users to Tuber Take-Out 4. The flow was listed just below 900 but it seemed higher than that. Richie dumped his boat once, but only because he insited on standing up at the end of a wave train.
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-Matt Gilbert
Sep 16 2007
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 Guides 5
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 Triplogs 240

41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Desert Classic TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 16 2007
mttgilbert
Hiking7.50 Miles
Hiking7.50 Miles
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Night ride with Michelle, Adam and Renee.
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-Matt Gilbert
Sep 15 2007
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 Guides 5
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 Triplogs 240

41 male
 Joined Oct 14 2002
 Denver, CO
Bulldog Biking, AZ 
Bulldog Biking, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Sep 15 2007
mttgilbert
Mtn Biking3.50 Miles
Mtn Biking3.50 Miles
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Biking along FR 10 from the south side of Bulldog Canyon. Just got a new bike and had to take it out. Unfortunately the heat was too much and I couldn't ride for more than an hour or so.
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-Matt Gilbert
average hiking speed 1.24 mph
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