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Aug 19 2011
Jeffshadows
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41 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Florida Canyon Trail #145Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2011
Jeffshadows
Hiking8.48 Miles 3,460 AEG
Hiking8.48 Miles
3,460 ft AEG
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Went into the saddle this morning. My GPS came back with a different mileageelevation than the maps seem to have so I'm looking at that. It's very green and there was a lot of water in the stream course but none at either spring. It's so green, in fact, that the first part of the trail and two sections above Robinson are so overgrown it's like wading through water. It doesn't really matter since the trail's track is pretty clean beneath it. Anyone who wears shorts out there right now is nuts!!

This is the second trip into Florida where I've run into UDA's. :( This time they didn't run and pretty much ignored me so I returned the favor. The weather at the saddle was *excellent* and there's a lot of water flowing at Armour Spring. The wildflower action out there is pretty insane right now. All the way back through the Experimental Range, the road is flanked by blooming barrel cacti and clusters of some purple flowers and something else that looked like poppies with legume-ish leaves?
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dry Robinson Spring Dry Dry
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Aug 12 2011
Jeffshadows
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41 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Freeman Homestead TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 12 2011
Jeffshadows
Hiking1.00 Miles
Hiking1.00 Miles
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Took mini-Jeff out since the weather was so nice. Good day to be on trail.
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Jul 22 2011
Jeffshadows
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 Guides 28
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 Photos 672
 Triplogs 169

41 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Pontatoc Canyon Trail #410Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2011
Jeffshadows
Hiking6.00 Miles 3,020 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
3,020 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Quick out and back after work and before the storm. Lots of damage to the last part of the trail, now. It used to be pretty followable...
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Jul 15 2011
Jeffshadows
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41 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 15 2011
Jeffshadows
Hiking9.50 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   5 Hrs   2 Mns   1.89 mph
4,400 ft AEG
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I couldn't have planned this better. I hit the trail early enough to avoid critters and the heat, requiring the use of a headlamp. It was just starting to scorch as I rounded my way past the McMansions with their screaming AC units into the TH. It looks like someone did some amateur trail clearing toward the start of the trail and just before the first "staircase." My favorite little waterfall near the old spring was dry (Surprise, surprise) but I was amazed to see a little water down in the canyon from the turn near Loma Linda.

Climbing into the conifers was a delight that time of morning and there is actually a little water running down through the pinecones at the point where you cross over to the Pima trail on to Kimball. Hopefully, that area won't receive a lightning strike because there's a thick covering of dry pine needles there and near Kimball. All in all, the trail was unexpectedly green through most of its course. Some characters in a little two-seater plane buzzed Kimball as I was starting down from the north near Pusch. I thought about making sure they got a good view of the moon this morning!! :sl:

It looks like most of the pics I shot are crud, but what else is new? 5hrs is a little slow, too; gotta pick it up next time :bigth:
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Jul 13 2011
Jeffshadows
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41 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Starr Pass Bike Trails, AZ 
Starr Pass Bike Trails, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Jul 13 2011
Jeffshadows
Mtn Biking5.00 Miles 600 AEG
Mtn Biking5.00 Miles
600 ft AEG
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I planned to be up at Kimball right now but I got blue falcon-ed by work so I hit the bike trails at Starr Pass early this morning. There were a couple of other groups out.
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Jul 08 2011
Jeffshadows
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 Photos 672
 Triplogs 169

41 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Ventana Trail #98Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 08 2011
Jeffshadows
Hiking4.50 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles
2,000 ft AEG
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Went in to Maiden Pools early this morning. Lots of water in the stream and one of the pools was knee-deep. The humidity seems to be even worse back in the canyon but everything is turning green so one can hardly complain. It's amazing to be back out after that little forced hiatus! :sweat:
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May 14 2011
Jeffshadows
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41 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Monument Wash, AZ 
Monument Wash, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar May 14 2011
Jeffshadows
Run/Jog2.50 Miles 400 AEG
Run/Jog2.50 Miles
400 ft AEG
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Was out at the Park doing a few things and turned it into a trail running circuit involving a chunk of the wash and Vanover as well as a few sections of other trails. Great day for it, nice breeze all morning.
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Apr 30 2011
Jeffshadows
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41 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Brinkley PointTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 30 2011
Jeffshadows
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
2,100 ft AEG
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It was awesome to have the team back together again! Great day in the Catalinas, awesome view, what else is there to say?
Flora
Flora
Silverleaf Oak
Culture
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Benchmark
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Feb 25 2011
Jeffshadows
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 Guides 28
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 Photos 672
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41 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Ventana Trail #98Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2011
Jeffshadows
Hiking10.25 Miles 3,200 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles
3,200 ft AEG
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Wandered in to Geronimo after a long day of EMS training. Very cold and windy. I was sure it was going to start raining or even snowing but I managed to escape before that went off. Lots of water, the pools were full and flowing.
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Feb 11 2011
Jeffshadows
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41 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Pima Canyon Trail #62Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2011
Jeffshadows
Hiking2.30 Miles 3,940 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles
3,940 ft AEG
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Took "Dirty Pooch Harry, Jr." on his first of what will be, I'm sure, hundreds of Pima hikes for him. Some day he'll be hauling me up there...
LOTS of dead cacti; very sad stuff.
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Jan 30 2011
Jeffshadows
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41 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2011
Jeffshadows
Hiking6.30 Miles 4,306 AEG
Hiking6.30 Miles
4,306 ft AEG
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I almost forgot to post this one. Lots of snow above ~5500. Ran into a crazy old guy who said he nearly "Froze to death" overnighting up there. From the state of him I doubt it was hyperbole...Ran back into him on the way down and he was still going strong ;)
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Dec 20 2010
Jeffshadows
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 Photos 672
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41 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2010
Jeffshadows
Hiking9.20 Miles 1,887 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles
1,887 ft AEG
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The annual holiday hike to Wasson strikes again. It was waaaay too hot for this time of year, but it is what it is. Pretty windy up at the summit, which was a welcome change. Nice moonrise over the Catalinas as I was headed home; of course, the camera was packed away! Speaking of the moon, I heard there's going to be a blood-red lunar eclipse tonight...
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Dec 17 2010
Jeffshadows
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 Photos 672
 Triplogs 169

41 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Freeman Homestead TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 17 2010
Jeffshadows
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Mini me and I went out and enjoyed the great weather Friday afternoon. This is a great trail for kids and has some awesome views, too.
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Nov 26 2010
Jeffshadows
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41 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Espiritu Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2010
Jeffshadows
Hiking9.20 Miles 2,450 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles
2,450 ft AEG
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This is one of those things where I finally give in to a nagging desire. I couldn't take wondering if anything was back there that I have been missing all this time whenever I would look at the Rincons rec map. The trip turned out to be a series of unusual folly, as well. I pull my camera out to capture the awesome sunrise breaking over the Winchesters only to find that I forgot the battery pack. I may or may not post the iPhone pics. It took almost an hour to find the *correct* route down into the canyon itself, whereupon I was nearly shot by a hunter that looked like he had been up all night and was now wired on Fourloko or something. The hunters galore down there was odd, in and of itself. I hit Redington at 0430 and was down into 4425 by ~0515. I didn't expect to see another living soul but was instead surprised to see headlights off in the distance ahead of me and another set coming in behind me. Unnerving when driving off-road in the pitch black early hours, to say the least. Except for the fiend down in the canyon, they were all friendly guys, though. 4425 was in marginally better shape than 95, which goes down to Italian.

The canyon itself is gorgeous. The views of the surrounding landscape are nonexistent, but it doesn't matter because the canyon is full of geologic and foliage wonder. Despite all that, it was hard going. There was frequently no obvious or desirable route which lead to a lot of smashing through and scrambling up. Added to which fact you are boldly going where no SAR group has even contemplated and you make sure you get the best footing you can under the circumstances. There were some false turns thrown in there and the occasional promising game trail that looked like it was part of the old Espiritu trail but frequently went the wrong way, instead. Where it really got exciting was closer to the Park boundary. The views got a lot better and there were some fun things to visit in terms of springs and old ranch relics. The number of trees bearing leaves turning autumn shades also increased exponentially. It was nice to see what might have been the "Allen Ranch" trail intact, but only time will tell if that thing is actually still there. The final folly befell me when I got home and found a perfect GPS route all the way to Steel Trough with a solid line to and from the possible Allen junction. I have no idea what went wrong and doubt very seriously that I lost GPS reception. Oh well. If, someday, anyone ever feels like going in there - PM me and I'll send you what I have for reference.
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Oct 29 2010
Jeffshadows
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41 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Florida Canyon Trail #145Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2010
Jeffshadows
Hiking9.20 Miles 3,460 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles
3,460 ft AEG
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Autumn has arrived in the Santa Ritas. A lot of people would hike Florida right now and say how badly in need of maintenance it is, but I actually prefer overgrown and sketchy to check dam after check dam, etc. For being this late in the season there are quite a few flowers still out. The afternoon sun was a stern taskmaster, though. At least I can say it looks like the canyon has finally really recovered from the fire.

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For those freaked out by such things - I had a near encounter with a group of undocumented travelers. There were also probably a half-dozen new trails transecting Florida from the south adorned with litter, clothing, and the like. There is a lot of that kind of activity down there right now, apparently, so plan accordingly.
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Oct 22 2010
Jeffshadows
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41 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2010
Jeffshadows
Hiking4.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
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Quick out and back after work. Lots of litter near the trail head.
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Oct 08 2010
Jeffshadows
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41 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Esperero Trail #25Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2010
Jeffshadows
Hiking9.00 Miles 3,200 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles
3,200 ft AEG
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I love Cardiac Gap. :sweat: It was dry, dry, dry. Got to Mt. Miguel and started running low on water. One nice thing about hiking at the hottest possible time of the day is that you will nearly always have the trail to yourself. It looks like the lower sections of the trail have seen recent work, which was a welcome surprise. I need to remember to thank someone at the UA for canceling afternoon lectures today!! :y:
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Oct 01 2010
Jeffshadows
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41 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Pima Canyon Trail #62Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2010
Jeffshadows
Hiking6.00 Miles 3,940 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
3,940 ft AEG
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Started out pretty hot but turned into a beautiful evening. Had the canyon to myself save for one other guy that was enjoying the sunset. Burned into the first dam in 32 minutes; not a personal best but not bad, either. It's pretty dry in there right now but you definitely get that autumn feeling by the way the shadows are cast.
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Sep 24 2010
Jeffshadows
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41 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Pontatoc Canyon Trail #410Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2010
Jeffshadows
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,900 AEG
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1,900 ft AEG
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Good after work hike, as always. Had to pace down a little in the late afternoon heat. One of the little tinajas back in there still has a lot of water from earlier in the week.
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Aug 10 2010
Jeffshadows
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41 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Bright Angel TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2010
Jeffshadows
Hiking18.30 Miles 4,380 AEG
Hiking18.30 Miles
4,380 ft AEG
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You know I wasn't going up there without getting some. The humidity made the mule droppings even more unbearable. SAR had to pull some French hoser out near the three-mile rest stop after he tried to sprint down and back up with nothing more than a sports bottle and the world's shortest running shorts. Trail hasn't changed much since I was there about fifteen years ago...
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