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Apr 27 2021
Barrett
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57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Nankoweap TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 27 2021
Barrett
Backpack30.60 Miles 9,608 AEG
Backpack30.60 Miles4 Days         
9,608 ft AEG
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1st trip
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In the three years it had been since I was able to backpack the Canyon, a lot had happened. The most relevant being a diagnosis of moderate to severe arthritis in both knees. ](*,) This realization caused me to sort the remaining Grand Canyon hikes on my Bucket List in descending order of difficulty. Fortunately there also exists hyaluronic acid, which is the closest thing to a miracle drug I have ever experienced. That, along with a plan of low daily mileage and low pack weight was my best shot to knock off Nankoweap.
Day One - 8 miles
Snow still remained in the shade at the west trailhead, and as I approached the edge the wind was incredible. I was able to lean into it well enough, but it actually would sweep my foot so my steps did not land where planned. Glad that it was pushing me away from and not over the edge, I made my way through the ups and downs to the Nankoweap Trail proper. The drop down was pleasant enough, and I contoured around to Marion Point, where I met 4 women retrieving their cache. The campsite was small and bumpy, but Marion Point is gorgeous.
From there I continued the traverse, where I found the exposure and obstacles less than say Boucher, Deer Creek, Escalante, or Utah Flats.
I reached Tilted Mesa and set up camp just in time for some light rain. I had dinner and watched the sun set through the snow that was falling on the rim above. Dry under my GoLite, comfortable in my Flexlite, I celebrated with my Magic Flight at the end of a perfect day.
After about 5 hours of blissfull sleep, I woke up around 2 am to hard rain and my 25 year old tent deciding to leak from multiple points. I did the best I could mopping and catching, and gradually the rain softened, leaving me to try in vain to get some sleep before dawn.
Day Two - 7 Miles
The rain stopped entirely in perfect time for me to break camp, and then resumed as a light drizzle as forecast for my hike down to the Creek. The clouds were rolling down off the rim and the rain brought out the colors that surrounded me. The going was steep at times, but I was being super slow and careful with my knees, and had no slips or issues. GoLite umbrellas are lousy in high winds, but in a drizzle they rule. I reached the creek and had a PB+J Burrito under the big tree, listening to introduction of birdsong after the relative silence above. The next three miles meandered, and soon I was at the northern beach. I set up camp, this time using the 1 ounce mylar emergency blanket between my tent and the fly, just as the rain picked up again. Perfect timing.
When the rain stopped, I headed to the empty beach to do my traditional immersion and wash up, coming back to my tent just as the rafters arrived. I loaded up my pack for the granaries and was headed up a little after 4. My plan was to shoot them at as many times as I could to get different light.
On the way up I ran into a group of rafters from the south beach wearing day-glo Tu-Tu's. I asked them the significance, to which the woman replied "It's Tu-Tu Tuesday!" Raft trips sound like fun. She also said it was her second 17 day raft trip through the Canyon, and that in her opinion the Granaries are the best view anywhere.
When I reached the top and looked back, I don't think I would argue. Beautiful perspective lines, foreground interest, river reflections, blah, blah, blah. It was sweet.
Over the next 3 hours or so I cooked dinner and waited for the light to change, eventually putting LED tea candles in the openings and trying to photograph their glow in the now dark canyon. I can't say those turned out very well, but it was fun playing around up there listening to the rafters party it up below from precisely 7 to 8 pm, when all the lights went out and the canyon was once again silent.
Day Three - 9 Miles
I woke to clear skies and headed up the Creek, and then began the ascent to Tilted Mesa. While stopped to take a picture, I was startled by a girl jogging up the trail behind me. She was a rafter who decided to "bust a move" and bop up to Tilted Mesa on their rest day. She was from Montana, so we talked a bit about Glacier before we parted ways, with her moving up the steep grade like it was nothing.
Having reached the Mesa by around 2 pm, I decided to continue on to Marion Point, as I thought the photography there would be better. I found Marion Point empty, but had to spend some time breaking up the dried, lumpy mud that made up the only level spot. It was worth it, I spent some time exploring the point, stumbling across an amazing nest condo that I think was made by some kind of swallow. Camp improvement, dinner, sunset, another perfect day.
Day Four - 6 Miles
Up at 5 like always, on the trail by 6:30, this time meeting two Hayduke Trail guys who had already logged over 500 miles. It did not sound like my thing, with all the road walking, but total respect for the dedication.
Realizing it was almost over, I slowed down even more and tried to take everything in - it's easy to spend all your time watching your step or trekking pole placement that you miss where you are.
I reached the rim and looked back, this time the air was still and peaceful. There's something about the Canyon's ability to shift from howling winds to dead silence so completely. One moment you're thinking how inhospitable a place it is, the next you're dumbfounded by soundless cinemascope. Man, I love this place.
I felt relieved that my knees had been fine, and I was filled with incredible gratitude to have one more chance to live a chapter in the Canyon's Big Book. I opened my Trappistes Rochefort, reclined in the Gravity Lounger I had stashed in my truck, and felt a tinge of excitement about how much weight I would save on my next tent.
Flora
Flora
Sacred Datura
Meteorology
Meteorology
Belt of Venus
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Feb 19 2019
Barrett
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57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
White Tanks Western Cuesta Wander, AZ 
White Tanks Western Cuesta Wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2019
Barrett
Hiking1.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.00 mph
200 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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On my way back from the Eagletail Wilderness, I stopped in to try to solve two mysteries from previous trips.
I set up at "North Camp", where I spent the night before exploring the next day.
First was the cave that I recalled on "Two-Tone" that had appeared to go down at least 30'. I duct taped my GoPro and headlamp to some cordage and lowered it down into the narrow, crooked depth - hoping to make some cool discovery. As my eyes adjusted to the darkness, I could see natural light coming from the side near the bottom! The position of the sun on my last visit had apparently made it appear black.
I pulled up the camera and climbed down and around to where I thought it might emerge, finding a large entrance exiting near the base of the cliff. For such a small area, it's amazing how many things there are to see here. Mystery #1 solved!
Next was the "Weeping Grotto" back on 1982', which is probably accessible to a skilled climber, but way beyond my abilities. Once again I was prepared with better technology - this time a narrow beam flashlight and a pair of nice binoculars, which allowed me to illuminate the grotto from below while getting a decent look. I still couldn't see much, just the buildup of mineral deposits from an unknown source. Perhaps an old or intermittent spring? Disappointed, I went back to camp for lunch and decided to return later as the light moved to change the conditions.
I guess it really is all about the timing. I returned later and stood in the same spot, but this time I could see something deep in the recess of the grotto's ceiling - another glow of light! Apparently a fairly large crack in the roof has allowed rainwater to enter, causing the buildup. I may be easily amused, but I thought it was so cool. Mystery #2 down!
Happy as a clam, I spent my last evening watching the full moon rise and listening to the two owls who nested in the cliff face next to camp. What a perfect, peaceful sound.
In the morning a took a short walk up the wash and found some cat scat partially buried in the sand, still warm. The morning songs of birds filled the air, a woodpecker was getting an early start on either breakfast or home improvement, and I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be.
Fauna
Fauna
Red-tailed Hawk
Culture
Culture
Grave - Identified
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Feb 18 2019
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57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Peak 2681' - Eagletail Mountains Wilderness, AZ 
Peak 2681' - Eagletail Mountains Wilderness, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2019
Barrett
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,468 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   4 Hrs      1.57 mph
1,468 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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13 years ago I hiked around this peak to check out the arches, and something about it's summit stuck with me and I knew I would be back.
I left the Ben Avery trailhead just after a crisp golden dawn, heading straight towards the saddle southeast of the summit. The going was smooth and open, but after the saddle got pretty steep, loose, and bushy. I headed west and ascended the summit in a clockwise motion, where the terrain eased up I was rewarded with great views of the Eagletails and comfortable terrain to chill.
For the return I chose to explore the huge drainage that characterizes the north side of the 2681' formation. It started pretty decent but I soon found myself being cliffed out at one pour-off after another on really steep ground. I would find a good downclimb, but each time the path ahead still looked unknown. The brush at times was ridiculous - doing this route without long pants, sleeves and gloves would be insane.
Finally it leveled out and I knew I was in the clear. I exited the canyon and circled to the east around and back to my truck, loving the easy, rolling desert under my feet.
My plan was to do a Description for this peak, and when (or if) I can get my old Garmin to work with Windows 10, I get right on it.
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Nov 03 2017
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57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Sterling Pass Trail #46Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2017
Barrett
Hiking2.00 Miles 1,053 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   1.62 mph
1,053 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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My original plan was to do Vultee Arch from Dry Creek, but after driving only about a third of it to get to Devil's Bridge, I thought I would spare my beloved Taco the bruising and drive around and bag it using the Sterling Pass approach. Several setbacks and a phone call had me soon had me pressing for time, so I was only able to go up to the saddle and I had to turn around. Never enough time.
Very nice fall color and some cool red rock and tafoni.
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Nov 02 2017
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57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Cibola-Jordan-Soldier-Brins Loop, AZ 
Cibola-Jordan-Soldier-Brins Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2017
Barrett
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.10 mph
1,700 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
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1st trip
The Jordan trailhead map shows Cibola leaving the parking lot, but the two trailhead signs read "Jordan" and "Brins Mesa". You need to follow the latter for about 10 yards before the turnoff for Cibola appears on your left. Easy to miss.
I had considered trying Morning Glory Spire, but when I saw how tiny that summit was, I felt a tiny swell of vertigo and remembered my wife's words before I left. I passed, trying to balance my increased chances of survival with the loss of what in part makes life worth surviving.
Checked out Devil's Sinkhole and imagined how many skeletons there must be at the bottom.
Seven Sacred Pools are down to 5 due to budget cuts, and are even easier to miss. The smell of skunk was in the air, and I rather enjoyed it.
The turnoff to the arches was obvious, and soon I was climbing up into one of the coolest places I have ever been. I spent 90 minutes documenting and experiencing the crap out of it.
Arriving at the Brins Mesa trail, I looked back and saw the cool 5607' summit and knew I had my Morning Glory surrogate. The east flank has a decent use trail that leads to a sweet ridge with commanding views. On my way down Brins later, a couple said they could see me on the summit from near the trailhead. That's why I wear what I wear.
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Nov 02 2017
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57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Devil's Bridge Trail #120Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2017
Barrett
Hiking1.80 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking1.80 Miles      48 Mns   2.84 mph
500 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Dry Creek Rd, also known as FR 152, has a nice rock barrier when the pavement ends to dissuade passenger vehicles. I used 4Low and only 1st and 2nd gear to the trailhead, happy to save time but got the feeling that I was annoying to the people on foot in the dust.
Short, steep, crowded trail up to the arch that might be better in morning light. Some guy fired up a drone as someone pointed out they are banned. He babbled on about some loophole that I didn't bother to listen to so I left. I'm temporarily on vacation from confronting people on hikes.
I followed a tip from the guy at Safari Jeep Trips and found a sweet legal camp west of town where I settled in for a night under the stars. Heavy rustling in the manzanita had me on foot with a flashlight and machete, only to see two huge glowing eyes rise up against the black and hold incredibly still, eyes too far apart to be anything but some kind of alien.
Or a cow.
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Jul 30 2017
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 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
In Memoriam, AZ 
In Memoriam, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 30 2017
Barrett
Hiking2.20 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles      45 Mns   2.93 mph
550 ft AEG
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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After 18 years of devoted service on both good trails and bad, close to 2000 miles having shorn clean the monster Vibram lugs, my beloved Scarpas will be laid to rest after total failure this Sunday morning.
Found half-off at Bivouac in Ann Arbor for $100, their one-piece leather construction was a thing of beauty, feet safe and sound behind the bulletproof toe. Though unyielding at first, they slowly grew to fit perfectly, occasionally being worn wet and drying on as if molded.
As the years passed, they became a dedicated training boot - too heavy for efficient hiking, but perfect for the rocky workout that was close to home.
Quality like this comes rarely in life, they will be missed.
A DNR was in place, so they will not be resoled.
Culture
Culture
HAZ - Hike HAZard
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Apr 13 2017
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 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Red Mountain Trail #159Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2017
Barrett
Hiking4.00 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.67 mph
700 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 no routes
1st trip
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I've driven by this 10 times and finally had time to check it out. If this were in almost any other state it would be their biggest natural attraction. Easy trail to amazing geology.
Culture
Culture
HAZ Food
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Apr 10 2017
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 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Tanner - Escalante - New Hance, AZ 
Tanner - Escalante - New Hance, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Apr 10 2017
Barrett
Backpack27.00 Miles 8,090 AEG
Backpack27.00 Miles3 Days         
8,090 ft AEG
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On April 10th the full moon rose 17 minutes before sunset, and set 5 minutes before dawn. Give or take a few minutes, this happens every spring and has become a tradition with me when trying to get a permit. Stars look the same anywhere dark, so I gladly trade the Milky Way for a Moonlit Canyon.
Day 1 - 10 miles
Arriving at Lipan Point, I made my way down into the wooded ravine for my first trip down Tanner, enjoying the cool breeze among the trees along this beautiful trail. I would say the first section is less exposed than Grandview, but more challenging than SK. Once I hit the redrock geology of the saddle and the views opened up I was on cloud nine. Finding a bit of shade, I set up my chair and had my PB and J burrito lunch and took it all in. From there it was on to the spur leading to the Redwall overlook, noting the killer campsite for next time, and then down the switchbacks to begin the relatively less amazing trip to the river. Having reached the wonderful white sand beach, I enjoyed another tradition - full immersion in the Colorado. I hate being cold for long periods, but short, sharp shocks can be quite enjoyable. Freshened, I continued on toward Dox Hill's ruins, amazed at how lush the flora was. I've never seen so many flowers blooming at every elevation here. Arriving at the ruins was even better than I expected, stunning views in every direction 30 minutes before Sunset and a Full Moon rise! :y:
I kicked back in my chair and could hear the rafters below and miles away in the stunning silence of the canyon as the last warm light left the walls above. I howled (terribly) as the moon rose, and heard a few below do the same. There's just enough room for one tent, and I had my first night with my new REI Flash inflatable mattress. I actually got tears in my eyes when I lay down - it's that good. Of course, having the canyon visible by full moon through my mesh tent wall didn't hurt much.
Day 2 - 13 miles
Followed the ridge south and down to meet back up with the Escalante Route, blown away by the hillsides of Brittlebush in full bloom. Morning light made the trip to Escalante Creek picture perfect, and when I reached Seventyfive Mile Creek, I ended up following the Shinumo all the way back to drop in, not even seeing the harder, shorter route down. I'm glad I did, because seeing more of the winding slot was awesome. Watered up again at the river, and headed toward Papago Creek, where I confronted the Papago Wall. It looked doable with my pack, so I headed up, using my GoPro bite mount for some video. I got stuck for a minute right at the top, before noticing a cairn to my left and down a bit that led me right up. I wouldn't want to down climb this, but coming up was a blast. The views from the short section before the Papago Slide are a fine reward for both the wall and the scramble down. The route along the river to Hance Rapids was the faintest yet, but by staying close to the river I was soon at the mouth of Red Canyon and back on familiar ground. It was only 4 pm, so I opted to shoot for the camp I saw last time up New Hance with 148 oz. water for the night and next day. Exactly 2 hours later I arrived at camp (33.017735 -111.929436), once again 30 minutes before sunset, leaving me time to explore a bit and find a small mine due north before settling down to dinner. The wind was pretty strong, so I lost my tent view to a heavily anchored fly, but otherwise a second perfect night.
Day 3 - 4 miles
The morning light, as usual, made the start up a feast for the eyes, and I was pleased to find the trail easier than I had remembered. I may have gone off trail somewhere in the final switchbacks last time, it really does get pretty wild. The Trailhead sign arrived and I was soon at my Taco, which I took to the first overlook parking west of Lipan Point. There is a perfect slab 100 yards east along the rim where I set up my Zero-gravity lounger, cracked a Trappistes Rochefort 10 (Beer Advocate 99 score, 11.3% ABV), and settled in for the best beer I have ever had, reflecting on a ridiculously perfect trip into the most amazing place on Earth.

P.S. Don't ever show your spouse GoPro footage of even an easy climb - it will look really dangerous and make it harder for you to get loving support for your next trip. :doh:

P.P.S Oh, and here's that video. [ youtube video ] I know about the glitches - I'll get around to it when I figure it out. DVD works fine, but YouTube sticks.

P.P.P.S. And one I have been putting off for the 25 years I have owned a video camera. [ youtube video ]
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Wildflowers Observation Extreme
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Dec 29 2016
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57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Big Horn PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2016
Barrett
Hiking7.50 Miles 2,183 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   6 Hrs      1.50 mph
2,183 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Pleased with the accuracy of Chumley's description, I arrived at the trailhead before dawn and crossed the bridge, my new GoPro 5 on her maiden voyage. I stopped at the ruins, but the fence lowered the interest factor, and I decided bluff 1804' to the south looked more interesting - I decided to hit it on the way back.
The route up to the ridge was decent, once on top the Cholla were plentiful but also navigable. To be honest the south face of Big Horn looked pretty intimidating from here, but once again the description solved the puzzle and after some scrambling I was at the summit saddle. Of course the last 20 foot climb was the hardest part, and I really took my time - I think my sense of vertigo has increased as I grow older.
The summit was a relief - big views and clear skies, but the wind and the impending down climb prevented me from my usual summit celebration. Fortunately there was a really nice shady spot by the landmark Saguaro, and I set up my Flexlite to celebrate now that the hard part was behind me. :D
Once down on the plain, I headed for 1804', where I found some sweet bird of prey perches and generally cool geology.
Back at the truck I looked back in satisfaction. Each time I had driven by this dramatic peak I hoped I would do it someday. Hope realized is a good feeling.
I even found a song called "Big Horn" for the video - [ youtube video ]
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Dec 29 2016
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57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Saddle Mountain - TonopahSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2016
Barrett
Hiking2.90 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking2.90 Miles   3 Hrs      1.29 mph
1,700 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Having bagged Big Horn, I drove down to the Saddle Mountain Trail Head Monster Group Camp/Parking Lot, occupied only by a couple packing up a snazzy SUV. I set up camp as they left, deciding to scramble up to what turned out to be a classic little saddle southwest of the trail head. I fiddled with the GoPro as the sun went down, heading down just as a young couple started up.
The fire restrictions killed my Swedish log plan, so I ate a dinner of cold homemade chicken noodle soup listening to the couple find their way down in the dark, giggling and happy. :)
Zero-gravity lounging, party lights, American Honey, and excellent conversation followed*. I retired under the Milky Way, was rocked by high winds around 3 a.m., and joined by a Ringtail at about 6:30, his eyes blinking and surprisingly approaching my headlamp to about 30 feet before veering off to his morning.
30 minutes before sunrise I headed up, windy in the 40's. Recent rain left remnants of petrichor and a few tinajas to boot. The trail was fairly easy to follow, and everyone was right about trekking poles - this hike benefits greatly from them.
The saddle was awesome, killer views and roaring wind through the notch. The scramble to the summit was just right, a great view of major exposure, and your choice of how close to the edge you want to be. :scared:
Once again the summit did not lend itself to relaxation, introspection, or celebration, so I headed down to the wind-sheltered alcove where I enjoyed among other things an Imperial Java Stout cradled in my Flex Lite.
I got my trekking poles free along with a pair of MSR convertible snow shoes almost 30 years ago when I lived in Michigan. They are within a few grams of current poles, still adjust, and made the trail down a breeze.
Without a doubt one of my favorite peaks. Perfect weather, recent rain, an actual trail for a change, dramatic geology, great carcamp, zero congestion, cool mountain.
There are about 50 songs on Google Play about climbing mountains, I listened to every one and it paid off.
youtu.be/h6gB2dqKb1o

* I stole this from BobP
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Nov 24 2016
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57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Thanksgiving Thunderbird, AZ 
Thanksgiving Thunderbird, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2016
Barrett
Hiking2.20 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour      2.20 mph
550 ft AEG
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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I was almost at the summit when I spotted an empty Gatorade bottle and picked it up. A tall man in his 50's was coming down and offered to carry it out. Surprised, I thanked him.
"You're not the flag guy, are you?" he asked.
"I don't know what you mean".
"Someone took the flag down".
"I didn't put it up, and I didn't take it down. But you do know it's illegal to put that in a city park".
"I'm a 31 year veteran of the Phoenix Fire Department, I'll do whatever I want. I'm going to put a game camera up and find out who did it. And when I do I'm going to take a ball peen hammer to their teeth". His jaw clenched.
"And we'll see what the American legal system thinks of that", I replied, turning my back on him and walking away.
Maybe I should have brought up how disrespectful it is to fly our flag in the dark, in the rain, etc., instead of saying anything about the law. I don't think he would have heard a word. White people like him were a minority on the trail that day, and my guess is that the flag represents something to ward the others off. Somehow by beating his chest and grabbing a ball peen hammer he could repel the invaders who had taken his country from him.
The Thanksgiving holiday started with Abraham Lincoln after the Civil War as a way of reuniting a divided country.
Looks like it's an ongoing project.
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Oct 29 2016
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 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Morgan City Trifecta, AZ 
Morgan City Trifecta, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2016
Barrett
Hiking1.30 Miles 111 AEG
Hiking1.30 Miles   1 Hour      2.60 mph
111 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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1st trip
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1) Pick up Reliance Fold-to-go and post hole digger left behind from last weekends camp. :doh: Check.
2) Clean up trash just south of camp, take to dump for free with water bill. :D Check.
3) Explore cool geology south of Coyote Spring seen on Google Earth. 8) Check.
Trifecta!
Culture
Culture
Trash Hauled Out
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Oct 22 2016
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 Phoenix, AZ
Pikes/Mill/3392', AZ 
Pikes/Mill/3392', AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2016
Barrett
Hiking4.60 Miles 1,536 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   4 Hrs   12 Mns   1.22 mph
1,536 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 no routes
1st trip
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JasonCleghorn
SpiderLegs
I learned a lot in a short period of time.
I learned that simple ideas work well until you try to make them better.
Not getting what you want sometimes gives you something unexpected and wonderful.
If you lay your arm down in front of a Tarantula, they just keep walking around it.
The definition of Bros, Broettes, and Lucy Lemons is fascinating.
Don't mess with the Arizona Hiking Shack.
Ridgelines rule, sometimes it's hot in October, and bail options can be almost as hard as sticking to the plan.
I have a lot to learn.
Fauna
Fauna
Tarantula
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The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar.
It was tense.
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Sep 29 2016
Barrett
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57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Thunderbird Loop, AZ 
Thunderbird Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 29 2016
Barrett
Hiking2.20 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles      40 Mns   3.77 mph
550 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
While trying to keep up with Orlando, who insisted on not only breaking into random sprints, but jumping off boulders to do 360 rotations before coming down, I was pleased to find him stopped dead in his tracks, pointing at the ground. I caught my breath and identified the Tarantula Hawk dragging a small paralyzed Tarantula across the trail. I kept what I hoped would be a safe distance, not knowing how they behaved with a mouthful, and used zoom in the low light to get a shot. Blurry is better than stung.
Fauna
Fauna
Tarantula Hawk
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The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar.
It was tense.
Sep 24 2016
Barrett
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57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Baldy Mtn 2757', AZ 
Baldy Mtn 2757', AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2016
Barrett
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,040 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   3 Hrs   6 Mns   1.15 mph
1,040 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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With some upcoming trips to the area, I wanted to check on conditions, throwing in a small peak bag to justify the mileage. Baldy Mountain (now Francis Rogers Mountain) is usually accessed via 2HIKERZ's trail from the southeast. Seeing as I was headed up Morgan City Wash, I just parked and hit it from the west off trail. A little brushy at the start, with some lose slopes near the top - otherwise smooth sailing. Nice views of Hell's Canyon Wilderness and cool temps.
Post hike, I drove up Morgan City Wash and Cedar Basin Road to check out the Horse Creek and Burro Flats trail heads. Upon opening the Burro Flats podium, I was greeted with a nest of hornets. :-s
Woke up real quick and ran to the truck, evading all but one bite. :D
Prickly Pear at peak ripeness, ocotillo leafed in and the ground spongy from recent rain. Didn't see soul after I left the pavement.
Named place
Named place
Pikes Peak
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The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar.
It was tense.
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Sep 17 2016
Barrett
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57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
North Mountain National Trail #44Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 17 2016
Barrett
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,883 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   2.12 mph
1,883 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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SpiderLegs
Met James where Peoria decides it would rather be 7th Ave at 5:45 am. Bopped up North Mountain, finding about 6 sun worshipers greeting Sol. Had so much fun we went down the southeast side and did it again. Cruised over to the Cloud 9 site, running across both a pinkish rattlesnake and a woman using reverse peristalsis to rapidly dehydrate.
Was unable to recreate the only decent interior shot of this cool landmark. How can there not be any good pictures of this place?
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The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar.
It was tense.
Aug 27 2016
Barrett
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57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Thunderbird and Lightning, AZ 
Thunderbird and Lightning, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 27 2016
Barrett
Hiking2.40 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   3.60 mph
550 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Having a city named after you in Florida does not prevent you from having to drive to Blythe to bail out your kid brother, at least that's the reason my hiking partner was a no show at 5:30 am as I sat counting the seconds between lightning strikes at the trailhead.
Only 1 bolt 2 miles away at Deem Hills in 20 minutes, and the dark dangerous thing overhead was moving north. I rolled the dice and headed up, soon smelling burnt earth in the damp morning air. A few acres were fried on the way up, but a woman along the way pointed out she had seen fire trucks on Thursday, so my guess would be dumb smoker over electrostatic discharge. So many dice to roll.
Fantastic sunrise at the sleeping circle.
A cool breeze followed me to the western summit, where I overheard a group a 3 women expressing concern over crashing blood sugar. I asked if someone was diabetic, and found there was 1 in a group of three with no snacks. :roll: I gave her a Nutri-grain bar and headed down. Some people still roll the dice when they have only to lose.
Dice in hand, I drove home, knowing this day was as good as it gets.
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The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar.
It was tense.
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Aug 20 2016
Barrett
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57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Thunderbird Sunrise Loop, AZ 
Thunderbird Sunrise Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 20 2016
Barrett
Hiking2.40 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   3.20 mph
550 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
Typical Saturday morning, up 1 hour before dawn, arrive at summit with the first rays. Both the Arrowhead/Coachwhip and H4 loops allow you to descend and return in total shade. :)
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The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar.
It was tense.
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Aug 17 2016
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57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Thunderbird Sunset Loop, AZ 
Thunderbird Sunset Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 17 2016
Barrett
Hiking2.40 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   3.20 mph
550 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 no routes
Partners none no partners
Having fallen into a summer rut of one Saturday morning cardio a week, I sucked it up and headed out for a Wednesday sunset Arrowhead/Coachwhip loop. The wind was gusting 20-30 mph, but the funnel created at the western lower summit was driving at 40, maybe 50. :y: My wet cotton shirt did the trick and I was rewarded with yet another great Monsoon sunset.
Meteorology
Meteorology
Crepuscular rays
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The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar.
It was tense.
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average hiking speed 1.92 mph
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