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Jan 08 2012
sbkelley
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35 male
 Joined Mar 29 2007
 Reno, NV
Mesquite Trail - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jan 08 2012
sbkelley
Run/Jog12.25 Miles 1,900 AEG
Run/Jog12.25 Miles   1 Hour   58 Mns   6 Secs6.22 mph
1,900 ft AEG
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Ran the XTerra White Tanks trail race this morning, what a course! Started near the group campsite and ran to the Waddell Trail, then 1.75 miles later, the real fun began: running up the Mesquite Trail. The pack really started breaking up here as the grade steepened. I got into a good rhythm and was able to jog the whole way to the Willow Canyon Trail. After a short climb, the trail contoured around the scenic canyon as a nice morning breeze blew, and the Ford Trail appeared soon. Feeling ready for downhill and done climbing: or so I thought, looking at the switchbacks up to complete the loop back into Mesquite Trail. Ah, but then it was a fun downhill all the way back down to the flats. The last 1.75 miles to the finish from there in the flats were not what I'd call 'fun', but the finish was worth it.
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Dec 30 2011
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 Reno, NV
Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2011
sbkelley
Hiking11.40 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking11.40 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.75 mph
2,100 ft AEG
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I'd been putting this trip off for far too long. Hands down, it's one of the more fun hikes around here. Leaving First Water TH, we saw that a thick carpet of green grass covered the Supes, a gift from the recent rains. The miles to Boulder Canyon from here are easy, and we rolled along, dropping into the canyon along Second Water Trail. Cattails in the desert? It was a cool sight. When we finally got into Boulder Canyon proper, the creek was running well and the pools were deep. Was hard not to just stay here and lounge!
Ah, but we had a Battleship looming above to visit, so south along Boulder Canyon we went. We actually left the creek bed too early, and had to traverse south below the Battleship's cliffs to find the weakness at the "stern", but this actually proved a shortcut. We made note of the more-formal route for the return.
Once atop the relatively flat deck of the Battleship, you get some incredible views of the area. The summit, though, is still a ways to the north. The flat walking atop the airy mesa made that distance easier to bear. Finally, the exposure starts and the scrambling begins as you get closer. It's just a blast: solid rock (mostly) and fun route-finding will guide you to the top, and the directions here on HAZ are spot-on. Once on top, saw plenty of HAZ-ers' signatures and witticisms up there: quite an entertaining summit log.
On the way back, we took the cairned route back into Boulder Canyon, stopping and lounging at one of the pools, which was chest-deep on me! Felt good to cool off before trucking back out the Second Water trail to home.
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Dec 11 2011
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 Reno, NV
Sheep Mountain - Gila MtnsSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 11 2011
sbkelley
Hiking4.90 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   8 Hrs      0.61 mph
2,500 ft AEG
 
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Just had to go back after this one and show it to Tanya. I remembered the solid rock, stark landscape, ragged features, and straight-forwarded nature of the route. A perfect first rock-scramble since the surgery...

As it turns out, a few peak-baggers from the region were chasing this fine mountain on the same day, so there was a good crew. 3 of us named Scott, all from Phoenix, a John Klein from Tucson, and a guy from San Diego named Adam Helman - and of course the lovely Tanya - rounded out our crew.

The night before the hike at the mountain's foot was perfect, as a harvest moon rose and illuminated the region. Ghostly white ribbons of quartz showed eerie bands against the dark, ragged silhouettes of the Gilas. Perfect camping weather.

We awoke at 7, and the group made its way methodically up the gully. With a larger group, our progress was slower than last time, but the weather was much better, and why rush? The soft early morning light on the landscape made for good photo ops. At the saddle, we turned up the steep (fun) ridge, clambering over solid rocks, delightfully gaining hundreds of feet quickly. Soon, we were at the false summit, shimmying over turrets and boulders, before making the last few feet to the top at 11 am. Time to crack the Four Peaks 8th Street Ale and take in the view...

The descent was easy, and I led the way through the maze of rock back to the saddle, and into the shaded gully. We chatted and enjoyed the perfect weather, noting the breeze and cooler temps coming into the area as the front crept closer. With plenty of time to spare, we motored out to I-8 and home.

Good to be on the Goldwater again - that place never gets old.
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Dec 10 2011
sbkelley
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 Joined Mar 29 2007
 Reno, NV
Barry Goldwater Range - Copper Mountains, AZ 
Barry Goldwater Range - Copper Mountains, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 10 2011
sbkelley
Hiking2.50 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   0.56 mph
1,800 ft AEG
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After looking over the maps of the Barry Goldwater Range, I decided it was high time to check out the Copper Mountains - a ragged range that pops out of the desert all by itself, about 10-15 miles south of I-8 near Tacna. I hadn't seen any information about the Copper Mountains, other than the Betty Lee Mine, and wanted to get a look at them, preferably from the top :)

We were able to drive good roads nearly all the way to the vicinity of Betty Lee Tank. Three hunters were in the canyon (the first people - other than Border Patrol - that I've ever seen on the Goldwater!). I asked where they'd be hunting, as I didn't want to disturb their chances, but we were heading different directions and wished each other good day.

Up a gully we went, passing alien-like rock formations. This gully got us on an airy ridge, halfway up Copper's east side. Staying on the ridge when we could, and traversing beneath a massive cliff complex 500 ft. below the top, we made relatively quick work of the hike, making the summit of the Coppers in 2 hours. The range is full of deep, complex canyons and shows no signs of civilization, excepting the radio towers a few hundred yards away from the rocky, craggy top.

We enjoyed the still and quiet air for awhile before making our way down to the car. As the Goldwater roads go, this one was busy today. 4 cars passed us in total (!) on the way out, probably either hunting or off to see the Betty Lee Mine. Even if you don't climb all the way to the top of the Coppers, they're worth the closer look.
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Nov 26 2011
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 Joined Mar 29 2007
 Reno, NV
Boulder Canyon Trail #103Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2011
sbkelley
Hiking6.20 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   1.46 mph
1,500 ft AEG
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With my folks in town, we decided to show them the Superstitions on a perfect fall day. They're geologists, so this was a perfect pick. There were a number of people on the trail day, perhaps because Lost Dutchman was closed? Having lunch beneath the looming Battleship made for a good turn-around point, and the day-long geology lesson was a nice bonus.
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Nov 19 2011
sbkelley
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 Reno, NV
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2011
sbkelley
Hiking10.40 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.89 mph
4,000 ft AEG
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Took our friend Greg from CO down to Wrightson to see a bit of southern Arizona. Hand is still unable to do much in the way of scrambling, so we opted to do this good trail. Wind was howling throughout the day, but the colder weather felt great for hiking. As always, hard to beat that view up there. And who did we run into on the way down but Nick Fraley himself :)
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Nov 12 2011
sbkelley
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 Joined Mar 29 2007
 Reno, NV
Saddle Mountain Trail to Squaw FlatPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2011
sbkelley
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.56 mph
1,500 ft AEG
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It has been awhile. After being struck by a car door in late September while cycling down the road, suffering a broken hand that required surgery, hiking had to take a personal back seat. At last, the body was healed enough to head out. So, what better way to enjoy the cool, fall weather than to see the view from the top of Saddle Mountain in the Mazatzals?

Two things about the area: 1) the aesthetics are top-notch, 2) climbing to the top was not the most enjoyable thing in the world :) . Not that there's any regret doing it, but I'd bet against a repeat ascent anytime.

After cruising up to the quiet Mormon Grove TH, we followed the Saddle Mountain Trail through saddles and in and out of drainages, taking in the panoramic views. Mt Ord and the Four Peaks still carried a good amount of snow, and yellow ribbons in the canyon bottoms of autumn foliage reminded me what I'd been missing the last couple months.

At the foot of Saddle Mountain, I spied a brush-free line to within a couple hundred feet of the top. Not bad. Up Tanya and I went, easily getting within 400 feet on the top within short time. After that, progress slowed down big-time. Thick, hideous brush guarded all routes on all sides of Saddle's summit.

Hopping on rocks while we could and pushing through oak, the ridgeline just never seemed to end. The terrain got rougher and the brush got thicker the closer we got. A nice cool breeze helped, as now we were on the narrow, airy ridge, near Saddle's summit. We were nearing the south (false) summit, so I knew the key would be finding a route down into the, well, saddle of the south and the north points. Tanya had enough by this point, and I considered (really, I did) calling it a day, too, but I spied a "gentle" route down off the false summit and the rest of the climb to the true top looked pretty easy. What the heck? Let's see what happens.

The snow got thick (maybe 4-6 inches deep) and the brush got thick too, but I found a way down, then cruised along the saddle to Saddle Mountain's top! What was there? Incredible views in all directions - no summit register, no benchmarks (that I could find, I'm sure there's one around though), and no sign of people. Perfect. Tanya could easily see me from the south summit, and seeing her made me hasten back. Time to get off this brushy thing.

The descent was smooth and we were both happy to be on the gentle Saddle Mountain Trail again and out of the wind. A few brush scratches (of course, it's the Mazatzals!) were some souvenirs, as we enjoyed our afternoon stroll back to the car. Nice to be out again...
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Sep 10 2011
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 Reno, NV
Granite Mountain Peak 7626Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2011
sbkelley
Hiking11.00 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   1.47 mph
2,800 ft AEG
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Had a nice day near Prescott for Tanya's birthday. Wrangled up 6 friends of ours, and we started off from Metate Trailhead, marveling in the habitable outside temps (for once). As we started climbing to the first wooded saddle, dark clouds swirled and a couple thunderbooms came over the mountain, so we decided to find some cover and assess. Thankfully, the clouds soon lumbered to the north and away from us. Up we continued, and into the forest. We left the Granite Mountain trail for the peak and picked our way across the drainage. Hopping up to the first escarpment allowed the inaguaral scrambling for the day - good stuff. The solid granite made scrambling a blast, but the brush around there did not :? . Well, it is arizona, just part of the territory, right?

The final push to the summit appeared. Eric took the direct line (of course), while Brian and I found a less-brushy scrambling route. Thank goodness for friction climbing practice...the girls found a far more sensible route which offered some moderate scrambling. And the view on top? Awesome. Pretty good 360 views from there, nothing really high to block your sight. Could see Harquahala Mtn, Humphreys Peak, and Hualapai Peak all in the same view. Not bad. Jen and Ari were on their first scramble ever, so we took care heading down the rock and brush maze. Down by susnet and off to the brewery (of course) we went for Tanya's birthday. Nothing like a fresh Liquid Amber straight from the source...
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Sep 03 2011
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 Reno, NV
South Loop Charleston Peak TrailVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2011
sbkelley
Hiking17.00 Miles 4,578 AEG
Hiking17.00 Miles   9 Hrs   15 Mns   1.84 mph
4,578 ft AEG
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After staring longingly at Charleston every time I've gone to Las Vegas, it was time to make this trip a reality. Tanya and I headed up on the Friday of Labor Day weekend, finding the campgrounds in Kyle Canyon unsurprisingly full. No matter - forest roads down lower provided a nice place to bed down for the night.

An early start to a beautiful day brought us up the mountain. Runners made their way up and down the road, hikers were out and about...an active crowd always get the motivation going! The picnic area's seasonal closure curtailed our plans to take the locals' advice and proceed that way, so up the stairs we went at Cathedral Rock trail. Problem is, we kept going up the Cathedral Rock Trail at the junction to descend to the Griffith picnic area, which dumps you at the South Loop's real trailhead. So we got a 900'/1mile warmup before we realized our mistake :D

Embarassed and back on route, we started making our way up the steep switchbacks on South Loop Trail. Soon the grade eased in an impressive limestone amphitheater as we enjoyed breakfast in an aspen grove...ahhh...the cool mountain air proved the therapeutic antidote to the stifling desert heat. We enjoyed the gentle switchbacks which push you out of Kyle Canyon and onto high, airy slopes. Soon, we found ourselves 4 miles in and only 1200' below Charleston's summit (!). I'm no math major, but I assumed our second-half travel would be gentler. True enough, but the views distracted all thoughts about numbers. The views? Absolutely unbelievable. Charleston soars 9-10,000' above its surrounding desert and you are acutely aware of that fact from your perch. Telescope Peak in Death Valley? Easy to spot. Lake Mead? Yep. Of course, the individual resorts of the Strip, too. Sierras on the horizon? On a clear day.

The stroll through the meadow, then into the bristlecone forest, cast a silence between us as we gawked at the surroundings. At last, you reach a saddle over 7 miles from the car and Charleston herself comes into view. A (very annoying on the return) descent lets you catch your breath before beginning the final steep push to the top. Small plants bloomed among the bleached rocks and soon we stood next to the American flag atop Charleston's summit, where we talked to some local hikers about their Spring Mountain trekking tips. After enjoying a Ranger IPA on Charleston's summit, we reluctantly bid farewell to our perch and strolled down the mountain. On the way home, I felt an urge to hit Griffith Peak too to see the view, and the effort was well worth it. The canyon was in deep shadow when we returned to the magnificent IPA-laden cooler at the end, after cursing through the climb out of the picnic area at hikes end :) . Well worth it, Arizonans, if you're ever in the Vegas area.
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Jul 30 2011
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 Reno, NV
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 30 2011
sbkelley
Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   2.16 mph
3,313 ft AEG
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Tanya and I hadn't been out hiking in awhile, so we chose a nice trail up in the cool pines. We ended up with quite an adventure on this usually-tame route!

We knew there was a good chance of storms today, so we set out from the trailhead at 7:45, a little later than we hoped, but still on track to be back below treeline by 11. We were, but it was barely enough...as we climbed up and up, we encountered a number of people. Since we've only done this hike in the fall (or from Inner Basin), I'd never seen this volume of people on the mountain before! But folks were very friendly, and it was not a problem at all. We steadily moved up to the saddle, refueling just before 10 a.m. to make a run at the top. Already, clouds were starting to build, and I was feeling uneasy. No tall thunderheads appeared yet, so I figured as long as we moved steadily, didn't dally on the summit, and got back here by 11, we should be ok. Packed up and ready to go, we moved steadily up, as a couple fellow hikers joined T & I for the final push. They hadn't been up here before, so they were glad to be warned of the false summits.

After the last false summit, I looked back towards Agassiz and saw its top disappearing into a cloud. not good. I mentioned to Tanya we ought to think about turning around, but we were 2-3 minutes from the top. We summited, and saw a crew of 20 people or so sitting on the top. Someone offered to take our photo and I said "Sure, but we won't be sticking around long," he snapped the shot, looked at me funny for being a hurry, and we took off for safety. More than anything else, the length of time on that high ridge (on the highest summit for at least 100 miles) had me worried about being a human lightning rod :o A couple folks on our way down made comments like "It won't rain," or "nah, we'll be fine" when they saw us hustling...after all, no lightning yet, right? Just as we got back to the saddle in those scraggly trees, "BANG!", right over our heads. That's a flash-bang right there! It was 11 a.m. Most hikers got the memo that still were hiking up, and immediately aborted. Even through strong suggestions/pleas/orders not to, a few persisted up.

No rain yet, and I stopped to take a photo of the wicked cloud gathered on Humphreys (see gallery). I was really worried about the now-nearly-100 people on that long ridgeline. We got our rain gear out, expecting the inevitable as we hiked down. Once in the trees, the skies just opened up. Pea-sized hail pelted the mountain, and didn't let up for 45 minutes. Rivers of water rushed down the trail, pooling into ankle-high ponds in places. So much hail fell that it looked like fresh snow was covering the trail. All the way back to the ski area, we hiked through hail and heavy rain, which broke right when we had to cross the ski run near the parking lot! What an adventure! Dry clothes in the car and a hot cup of coffee sounded pretty good :)
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Jul 02 2011
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 Reno, NV
Red Mountain Trail #159Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2011
sbkelley
Hiking3.50 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
1,100 ft AEG
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What a nice hidden gem - Tanya and I really enjoyed this area. It was pretty warm on Saturday, even up this high and with cloud cover, but we followed the nice trail into the mountainside, which just looks other-wordly. We wanted to see what some of the features looked like from above, so we backtracked out of the crater and hiked through a nice p-j forest up the west side of the mountain. Definitely provided a unique angle looking down in from the top of the mountain. Nice ponderosa forest up there. A must-see for folks driving to and from the Canyon who have the time. Lots of traffic on the trail
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May 14 2011
sbkelley
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 Reno, NV
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 14 2011
sbkelley
Hiking6.40 Miles 2,780 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.56 mph
2,780 ft AEG
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Got up early Saturday a.m. to get a good workout in and beat the heat. Even at 6:45 a.m, the lot was busy at Lost Dutchman and the sun was already getting warm. Good thing the gully up the Flatiron is east-facing...nice and shady the whole way up with a good breeze. There was an Army unit heading up too when I got into the amphitheater, and as I caught up, one of them said they'd be deployed to Afghanistan in the fall and were getting some training in. Very cool to see them up here.

The breezy Flatiron was nice, as I topped out just before 8 a.m. before heading back to town.
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May 10 2011
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National Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar May 10 2011
sbkelley
Run/Jog12.00 Miles 1,800 AEG
Run/Jog12.00 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   6.55 mph
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Last big trail run in South Mountain before the big race next weekend in New Mexico...what perfect weather last night, too. Cruised up the National from Pima to Buena Vista lookout feeling good, decided to cruise the easy stretch over to the Holbert Trail junction up top and soak in the sweet sunset views. There was a photographer with the same idea out there. Turned around and enjoyed the nice downhill (mostly) back to the Mormon junction, and went back to Pima Wash road that way. Good run, good pace...why does it have to get hot so soon?
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May 09 2011
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Kiwanis Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar May 09 2011
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Run/Jog6.90 Miles 1,660 AEG
Run/Jog6.90 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   5.18 mph
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Took advantage of the cooler weather yesterday after work, making a nice loop from the Holbert TH. Started running into the wind to the Las Lomitas Trail, which hooked into Kiwanis. Nice and shady, and surprisingly gentle climb up to Telegraph Pass. Running up the National from there to just underneath the radio towers - heading east - is a workout...and just when you think you've topped the last hill, here comes another one! Hit the Holbert and enjoyed that nice descent.
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May 07 2011
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South Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 07 2011
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Hiking16.70 Miles 4,790 AEG
Hiking16.70 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   2.23 mph
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Had been too long since the rim-to-river and back via the S. Kaibab-Bright Angel loop, and it was calling. Left the wheels at the backcountry office and our group of 5 took the fully-packed hikers' shuttle to S. Kaibab. Weather forecast looked good all week, and didn't disappoint! One of my favorite things to do is take "Canyon rookies" down this trail and watch their faces contort in awe and wonder - such amazing vistas along the way, and Brian did excellent on this trek! Major kudos! Desert plants are nearing peak bloom season down low.

Made it down to the river by 9:45 and enjoyed wading in the cold water at the rafters beach. The calm was briefly interrupted by an unexpected sight - a young guy about our age decided it would be a good idea to go swimming in the river...by jumping directly off the black bridge into the Colorado! We watched in surprise as he plunged that 50+ feet (?) into the water, just north of the strongest current. He came up quick, so I'm assuming he hit bottom fast (not exactly lake jumping here), but he got off to the side and came up limping pretty bad...yikes.

Lots of traffic on the trail this day, I think there were over 40 people at Indian Gardens when we got there :o With the increase in traffic, and the warming time of year, there were some hurting folks along the way. Before we started climbing to 3-mile resthouse, a girl was laying in the shade of a boulder saying she had just vomited...not good. Her group had pushed her to the river when they'd only intended to go to Indian Gardens. She said she hadn't eaten in awhile either, and definitely dehydrated. Hoping to stem any possible heat exhaustion, we put a wet cloth on her head and gave her water, electrolyte drink, and some salty food to put down when she felt up to it. A ranger came by soon so she probably had a long, tough hike out...hope this didn't turn her off to hiking forever!

Back on the rim, it was time to grab some brews and jalapeno poppers at the lodge, always a good way to cap off the trip!
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May 02 2011
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Javelina Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar May 02 2011
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Run/Jog7.10 Miles 1,400 AEG
Run/Jog7.10 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   6.55 mph
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A perfect evening for running in South Mountain last night before the heat rolls in. Jogged up the Javelina, dropped over the little pass. Running up that hill on National always hurts, but the rolling hills after that are the reward. Was going to just return via the Mormon right away, but headed a little extra up the National to the pass above the Fat Man's Loop junction to soak in the views and the breeze. Plenty of mtn bikers and hikers out, especially as I was headed back down Mormon and Javelina.
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Apr 30 2011
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Black Canyon City TH to Soap Creek Rd - BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Apr 30 2011
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Run/Jog13.10 Miles 1,750 AEG
Run/Jog13.10 Miles   3 Hrs      4.37 mph
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A repeat of a run in March, this time with 5 mountain bikers, Tanya along running too, and a little warmer. Creek crossings were definitely lower but the Agua Fria is still running knee-deep. Cactus blooms were quite a sight throughout the run_ a couple weeks from now, it will be a color show.

The highlight: coming around a switch-back near the Soap Creek Road, where a gila monster and I scaring the daylights out of each other :o ...he hissed and jumped, and I definitely jumped high myself upon hearing that! Out of the corner of my eye - while running - his striping looked like a rattlesnake, but after doubling back I was pleasantly surprised to see this rare critter. Tanya got to see him, too, before he snuck off into the brush, very cool.
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35 male
 Joined Mar 29 2007
 Reno, NV
Groom Creek Loop Trail #307Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Apr 23 2011
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Run/Jog17.50 Miles 2,750 AEG
Run/Jog17.50 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   3.39 mph
2,750 ft AEG
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Training for a 50k is a lot of work...but it's good work.

Tanya and I wanted to run in the cool pines and get some altitude training, and this trail was perfect. We decided to try and run this loop twice. The grade never gets crazy, there's plenty of shade, and nothing beats a single-track covered in pine needles. Saw plenty of people out hiking, biking, and enjoying the weather. A little breezy, but that felt great. First loop took about 2 hrs 15 min, then a short break to refuel, and only a few minutes slower on loop two.
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Apr 16 2011
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 Reno, NV
Four Peaks Mother LodePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2011
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Hiking7.80 Miles 4,060 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   11 Hrs      0.71 mph
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"You slept there, Ken? Well, I guess it's the only piece of flat ground around." Relieved to have the whole group together now, we examined Ken's campsite atop Peak 4, where he rested after his moonlight Motherlode. Definitely not the Ritz in terms of ground comfort, but couldn't beat the view. It was just after 9 am and time to start making our way across the Peaks. Katrina and I had a prearranged light-hearted bet that I wouldn't get off-route ONCE across the traverse. Man, that was a dumb bet to take. Needless to say - for those that have done this - she won :) I made it a good way down Peak 3 before losing though, so there's that. But that's part of the fun, you never take the same route twice.

Down through some brush and snow patches to the 3-4 saddle, traversing a bit to the east before the first good scrambling of the day. I found the path of least resistance, with Ken's approving nod afterward, and we gained the summit of 3 easily. Eric was off scrambling on his own route, but we met up soon. Looking over to Peak 2 - I knew my hopes of winning this silly bet were, well, silly. I told everyone that I would be quick to admit confusion and ask Ken's advice if ever in doubt, and a good ways down Peak 3, I stayed true to my word. The downclimbing here is steep, but never terribly exposed or difficult, and we enjoyed the shady, snow-filled areas as the sun was getting warm this day. Tanya - bless her heart - was keeping a good head through all of this, thanks in part to the light-hearted group dynamic, and because she's really progressed over the years.

Going down Peak 3, we all kept staring at the looming Backwards Z. Hard to ignore it. The obvious, 45-degree (ish) ramp is in your face for the entire descent. Ken, Brian, and I also knew what awaited the exit. Do I tell Tanya up front or wait for the "surprise"? We opted for the former, we had some cordolette and that would help. We rested at the 2-3 saddle and started the traverse to the Z. Eric, of course, saw a steeper route and took off up the rock just to the south of the Z and Brian followed, while I took Katrina and Tanya to the gentler part, with Ken watching us. Still steep, though, don't worry. Too steep, really, for Tanya's liking, despite the solid rock and plentiful holds. The exposure was getting to her. The group forged ahead and I stayed with her as she moveds steadily and meticulously up, doing great. Then comes the fun....

Our group bottlenecked as we came out on the ridge proper, and you're faced with the slab climb with some of the most horrific exposure I've seen in Arizona. Since we were the last in line, Tanya could her the exclamations/laugh/shouts/curse words above as others climbed it (as I had 2 years ago when I did this), and I assured her we'd be fine. I hopped up the first pitch, set up a short belay and got her to the start. When she gained the ridge, the next word she said started with an 'F' when she saw the slab :)

Brian set up an anchor above as he was already up, and Eric sat perched halfway, tying the ropes together and also to lend her a hand up, literally. I hunkered down and offered my shoulders as a boost up the first part. She declined, flying right up to Eric and up to the top. Awesome! So proud of her for that. I followed free-climbing and broke down the anchor after everyone left, taking the ropes in my pack (which soon after came out of my pack, getting snagged on the brush...but I backtracked to them, thanks for noticing Ken) From there, Peak 2 was annoyingly far away but we made it.

Seeing Browns, we all talked about cold beer for the entire way across, and before long we downclimbed the last tricky part of 2, gained the saddle, and made our way up to Browns Peak! Time to head down, and it was nice to see the trail below. The gully descent was shaded and cool, and soon back to the trail. What a day, capped off by Four Peaks 8th Street Ale back at the trailhead! And, of course, dinner at Four Peaks in Tempe.

Great group as always, nothing gets your adventure thirst quenched like a Four Peaks traverse
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Apr 13 2011
sbkelley
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National Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Apr 13 2011
sbkelley
Run/Jog9.20 Miles 1,150 AEG
Run/Jog9.20 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   6.13 mph
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Took a nice training run from Pima Wash TH to the pass above (and just east of) Buena Vista lookout. Nice breezy evening kept the temp down. Running up that first hill on National is a kick in the gut, but you're warmed up after that :) I caught up to Tanya just above the Waterfall and then waited for her at the pass. Nice sunset! You always feel like a rock star when you're running back down, wonder why? Came back down the Mormon trail to the fire road to change it up on the return.
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